The iHeart Radio Jingle Ball aired on the CW Thursday night. There was a lot of dancing, a lot of singing and a lot going on backstage.
Taylor Swift got the honor of not only opening the show, but closing the night as well. She opened with Blank Space and brought with her some of her crazy faces from the video. She was very festive, wearing a two piece red plaid crop top and pants. Her and Ariana Grande were the only two that had Christmas themed wardrobes.
Taylor closed the night with Shake it Off. She told the audience that no one would judge them for how they danced during the last song and the entire audience was on their feet dancing. She also shared that it was her 25th birthday. What a way to celebrate your birthday, at the Jingle Ball. Taylor’s birthday was December 13, when the performance was taped.
Taylor definitely rocked the house with opening and closing the event, but there were a lot of star in between too.
Ansel Elgort from ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ introduced Ariana. She performed her new song Santa Tell Me. The singer was really in the Christmas mood, wearing antlers and all dressed in white.
Keeping with the Christmas spirit, Lil Jon came on stage dressed as Santa to introduce 5 Seconds of Summer.
Ariana graced the stage again with Jessie J, singing Bang Bang.
Sarah Jessica Parker was also in attendance. She got the great honor of introducing Sam Smith. Sam had one of the best performances of the night. The audience sang with him and he seemed to be in awe of the whole thing.
The night was just heating up. Things got turned up a notch when Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora took the stage to sing Black Widow.
If you weren’t feeling star struck enough, Emma Roberts made an appearance to introduce Maroon 5. They had a great performance singing Animals.
Meghan Trainor’s album may not be out till next year, but she’s had a great 2014 and got to end the year performing at the Jingle Ball. Not a bad start to a career. She owned the stage singing her hit All About that Bass.
It felt like we started the year listening to One Republic’s Counting Stars and it looks like we will finish listening to the song too. Apparently it was the most requested song of the year. The band really rocked the song. Ryan Tedder decided to join the audience and while he was singing, took pictures with fans. The audience sure got a night to remember with all of the great stars.
But the night wasn’t over yet. Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani killed it singing Spark the Fire.
During all the great performances on stage Lil Jon, Ryan Seacrest and Paul Costabile were backstage finding out who’s been naughty and nice, who the stars want to kiss under the mistletoe and handing out presents.
Ansel had the best answer for the mistletoe question. He told Lil Jon he wanted to kiss Lil Jon. That totally creeped him out. Paul kept giving Iggy huge candy canes, but be broke them every time.
The iHeart Radio Jingle Ball was a great night of music and stars. If you missed it you can catch it on the CW website.