NYC Jingle Ball Highlights: Cardi B's 'I Like It' Fiesta, Shawn Mendes' Sky-High Vocals & More


Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball hit Madison Square Garden on Friday (Dec. 7), bringing a packed visitor record of performers -- together with Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello and Khalid -- to the famed New York City venue to ring within the holidays with an array of radio hits. 

Amid the practically four-hour marathon live performance, these seven moments stood out. 

The all-star collabs 

If you’re a Bazzi fan, you’ll know the 21-year-old pop newcomer behind heart-eyed hit “Mine” is as hopeless a romantic as they arrive. So when he introduced fellow love ode savant Camila Cabello onstage to carry out their candy duet “Beautiful,” giving the pop star a bit of twirl earlier than enveloping her in a bear hug, hearts exploded throughout the world. Later within the evening, Khalid invited Normani onstage to serenade the gang with their sultry collab “Love Lies,” with their dance strikes simply as in sync as their vocal harmonies. 

Sabrina Carpenter’s MSG debut

Tonight marked Carpenter’s first-ever efficiency at Madison Square Garden -- so it was solely pure for the 19-year-old former Disney star to have a good time the milestone with a efficiency of her hypnotic electro-pop observe “Why,” which begins with a line about New York City. Shimmying throughout the stage in a fully-sequined silver bodysuit, Carpenter additionally carried out tracks off her latest album Singular, just like the assured “Sue Me” -- the thought for which she defined got here to her after, actually, getting sued -- and club-ready “Almost Love.”

Shawn Mendes nailing “In My Blood," once more

It doesn't matter what number of instances he performs it (whether or not on the VMAs, music festivals or on late-night TV) -- Shawn Mendes belting out “In My Blood” simply doesn't get outdated. Rocking out onstage in a crisp white button-down, the Canadian heartthrob lit up the world, hitting each one of many rousing, motivational track's many sky-high notes. (For the report, he additionally carried out hits outdated and new favorites, like “Lost In Japan” and “Stitches,” together with a mini-cover of Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody.")

Camila masking Elvis Presley

Picture this: Camilla Cabello sitting at a piano in a sequined getup, fog spreading at her toes, as she attracts out each heart-aching notice of "Can't Help Falling In Love," some of the traditional love songs of all-time. Tearing up but? Us, too. The cowl solely lasted 60 seconds or so, however it was jaw-dropping to listen to Cabello's spectacular vary towards solely the sound of spare piano keys -- and if nothing else, the duvet supplied the right transition to her personal emotive piano ballad “Consequences.”

Alessia Cara bringing the realness

“How are you guys doing, good? Well, this track’s about not doing so good,” Alessia Cara joked earlier than launching into her R&B-flavored coming-of-age melody “Growing Pains." On an evening identified for glitz and costume, Cara broke up the set record with some actual discuss, additionally performing her 2015 breakthrough hits “Here” and “Scars To Your Beautiful” as photos of a various group of girls flashed on the display behind her. Also making her MSG debut tonight, Cara closed out her uplifting set with an energy-packed efficiency of her smash Zedd collaboration “Stay” earlier than bouncing offstage.

Dua Lipa performing “Electricity” hours after receiving a Grammy nod for the track

Friday morning, Dua Lipa celebrated the information of her double Grammy nominations -- greatest new artist and greatest dance recording for "Electricity" -- with a bit of breakfast champagne. She stored the festivities going by performing the magnetic Silk City collab in a colourful sequined mini-dress (sure, sequins gave the impression to be the theme of the evening), taking a second beforehand to share her gratitude for the nomination. She wasn't the one 2019 Grammy nominee onstage: Jingle Ball's Cardi B, Cabello, Mendes, Bebe Rexha and G-Eazy are all additionally up for awards. 

Cardi B bringing down the home

Cardi is aware of the right way to make an entrance -- that's, strutting onstage atop a gold platform, displaying off her six-pack with an emerald fringe crop high and miniskirt, blonde Rapunzel waves swishing previous her waist. The sharp-tongued Bronx rapper kicked issues off together with her hard-as-nails Invasion of Privacy observe "Drip" earlier than operating by way of hits like "Money Bag," "MotorSport" and the brand new "Money," with loads of okrrrs in between. But it was her playful efficiency of Latin trap-salsa groove "I Like It" that turned the stage into a celebration, with a six-piece dance crew all shaking, twisting and twirling in unison. "I can't wait to spend my first Christmas with my child," Cardi defined towards the top of her set, alluding, in fact, to her new child daughter Kulture. Turning again to the music, Cardi gave her ultimate track, breakout hit "Bodak Yellow," a becoming intro: "This track is my particular track, and I’m going to carry out this track 'til the day I diiiiie!”