The annual Z100 Jingle Ball, carried on iHeart Radio stations throughout the nation, is at all times a celebration of the vacation season — and a few of the yr’s hottest acts on the airwaves. However this yr’s version of the all-star live performance, held Friday night time at Madison Sq. Backyard, additionally become one thing else: a post-Grammy nominations occasion for a few of those that obtained nods for music’s highest honor earlier within the day.
The parade of this yr’s Grammy nominees kicked off with 20-year-old singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes, who was nominated for each Tune of the Yr (for “In My Blood”) and Greatest Pop Vocal Album (for his 2018 self-titled album). “As we speak has been a dream for me,” stated the Canadian, working his guitar and heartthrob enchantment to an viewers of principally teenage women. “It’s the proper approach to finish the day at this time.”
Then there was Bebe Rexha, the Greatest New Artist nominee who was decked out in a purple outfit, full with feathers, befitting a Vegas showgirl. The New York native ended her set with “Meant to Be,” her hit with Florida Georgia Line that was nominated for Greatest Nation Group/Duo Efficiency.
Former Fifth Concord member Camila Cabello sparkled in a glittery silver jumpsuit as she strutted confidently throughout the stage to have fun her two Grammy nominations, together with Greatest Pop Vocal Album for her solo debut “Camila.” She ended her set together with her greatest solo hit “Havana,” which is up for Greatest Pop Solo Efficiency.
After performances by earlier Greatest New Artist winners Meghan Trainor and Alessia Cara — who delivered one of the best set of the night time — present Greatest New Artist nominee Dua Lipa pumped up the gang with dance tracks comparable to “One Kiss” and “New Guidelines.”
However the night time’s boss girl was Bronx rapper Cardi B, who headlined the night time after scoring 5 Grammy nominations, together with Album of the Yr (for her debut “Invasion of Privateness”) and Report of the Yr (for her summer time smash “I Like It”). She closed her set with “Bodak Yellow,” the 2017 No. 1 hit that launched her profession into the stratosphere, saying, “I’m gonna carry out this tune till the day I die.”