December 13, 2008
Bank Atlantic Center
By Ashlé Grant
Photos by Michelle Feingold
On Dec. 13, 2008, the Y100 Jingle Ball took place at the Bank Atlantic Center. Annually, artists of the biggest chart-topping hits collectively come together and tour the nation. It was teen bop central as popular artists such Lady GaGa, Katy Perry, and even Rihanna took the stage and gave their fans their best performance. The arena was packed with a diverse crowd of adults and children as young 2 years old.
The first two acts of the night were rock bands ‘The Academy Is’ and The Veronicas. Both groups gave solid performances and delivered a proper start-up to the long night ahead.
Next up was Barbados newcomer Shontelle. Before hitting the U.S., the singer had a massively successful hit song in the Caribbean called “Roll It” which she performed while also encouraging the audience to roll [whatever they had] with her to the island-themed song. She closed her act with her new hit single “T-Shirt.”
Following that was none other than Lady Gaga decked out in full glamour costume and an energetic presence. Although, like most of the lineup, fans were only familiar with one of the artist’s singles, she managed to still invite fans to her world and enjoy her new and unfamiliar songs anyways. Equipped with backup dancers and fancy lighting, she ended her act with her hit single “Just Dance.”
Continuing the show thereafter was the returning music manJesse McCartney. He performed previous hit singles including “Beautiful.” He was dressed up in an almost boy-band appearance with cliché dance moves to help carry slow moments in his songs and had backup singers on-stage with him as well. Following him was newcomer Kevin Rudolf. The performance was mediocre and thankfully only dragged on for four songs.
Rock band Fallout Boy trailed on the concert. Having more than one chart-successful song, it was easy for the band to edge the crowd on and provide an intense experience for fans. Breaking the usual perception that “bass players never speak,” bassist Pete Wentz was the one to hype up the crowd while lead guitarist Patrick Stump kept unusually quiet and out-of-sight during song breaks. None-the-less, the band was well-seasoned in delivering an exciting performance.
Breakout artist Katy Perrycontinued the concert with her second hit single “Hot N Cold.” Dressed in holiday spirit, she wore a Santa-inspired short red velvet dress. Her voice was strong and her humble appearance made her easy to connect with regardless of one’s music choice. She ended the night with her breakout single “I Kissed a Girl” and sung her heart out for her entire performance.
Last performer of the night was Pop princess Rihanna. She performed many of her hit singles including “Rehab,” “Shut up and Drive,” “Breaking Dishes,” “Pon De Replay,” “S.O.S.” “Unfaithful” and “Don’t Stop the Music.” After performing all these songs, she abruptly walked off stage and left fans wondering if that was all she had to offer for the night but of course, there was a surprise. R&B singer Chris Brown appeared on-stage and sent fans into an interesting screaming frenzy not quite heard as strong all night. He performed his hit single “Forever” and showed off as he usually does, with his customized krunk and break dancing. Although he has two album’s worth of singles to perform, he only performed “Forever” and then the music was changed to Rihanna’s hit single “Umbrella” which Chris Brown added to with his remixed version of the song “Cinderella.” The two teased the audience’s tabloid obsession by occasionally dancing with one another and showing off their affection. The pair ended the night by thanking fans and professing their desire to come back again to perform in South Florida soon.