The Jingle Ball is one of the most exciting things about Christmas time. The annual concert held by KIIS-FM in California is a chance to see all the fans favourite acts in one place. Throughout the years the stage has seen the biggest acts of the previous year. These include Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. The concert is a chance for fans to use the festive time of the year to celebrate the music from the past twelve months. Broadcast live on KIIS-FM, it allows fans that can’t get there to also listen into the concert.
This year’s current Jingle Ball has a whole host of entertainers. The headliner is Miley Cyrus, who is currently the most talked about women in the world. She will be performing right off her acclaimed ‘Wrecking Ball’ performance at the AMAs. The support acts for this year include fellow Disney alum Selena Gomez, Miley’s foam finger buddy Robin Thicke and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The latter are extremely well known for their promotion of gay rights and their popular hit ‘Thrift Shop’ which was award the number one song of the year for 2012 in Australia’s Triple J Hottest 100 Countdown.
The concert was first established in 2000 at the Shrine Auditorium. It is a day-long event that also has current popular celebrities introduce the acts. The first successful event had acts such as KCI and Jo-Jo, Third Eye Blind and Macy Gray. The concert has been held every year since its inception. Each year there is a headliner and since 2001 the headliners have been, in consecutive order, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Shakira, RBD and Gwen Stefani again. In recent years, headliners have been Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber. The concert is always held at a different venue within California.
The event is incredibly popular with teens and young adults as the acts selected are marketed towards them. There is also a second Ball held in New York. As well as providing a place for popular artists to perform for their fans, KIIS-FM has also provided a platform for lesser known artists to perform in front of large crowds. This is especially true if they have had a popular single from the year. Acts like this include Psy, Ellie Goulding and Karmin. KIIS-FM also uses lesser known celebrities that might have had a great year to introduce the acts.
The Jingle Ball this year will be held at the Staples Centre on December 6th. The other acts that will be performing are Enrique Iglesias, a well known Latin singer with such hits as ‘Hero’, Ariana Grande, who has had three massive hits from her debut album and newcomer Austin Mahone. Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony, New Politics and Travis McCoy will also be performed. The main event will definitely be headliner Miley Cyrus. The show is also broadcast on KIIS-FM. Their sister stations in New York and Philadelphia will also be holding concerts.