The I Heart Radio Jingle Ball Tour took over American Airlines Center last week. Bringing the likes of Meghan Trainor, Backstreet Boys, Fifth Harmony, The Chainsmokers, Hailee Steinfeld, Alessia Cara, Lukas Graham, Charlie Puth and Daya for a pop filled evening.
Some of the highlights from the show were that of Hailee Steinfeld with her energetic but short set, topped with her hit song Starving. The audience signing along to every word, proving just how quick it’s going up the charts.
Alessia Cara another stand out of the evening, working the entire stage singing her incredibly catchy songs about being an individual and embracing yourself for who you are. A wise soul for such a young talent. Keep your eyes on her!
Fifth Harmony performed quite the sexed up set. With songs like Work from Home and Worth It on their set list. The powerhouse girl group showed strutted and showed off their stuff. Unfortunately for them, Camilla Cabello is the stand out of the group. The Justin Timberlake so to speak, and it wont be surprising to see her leave soon.
Backstreet Boys were a fun little nostalgic throw back. The group will be in residency soon in Vegas next year, so Jingle Ball is like a warm up for them. They still make the girls swoon, and still are able to hit most of the dance moves they pulled off in the 2000’s. It’s odd to hear Brian have to step back and sing less because of his vocal strain he deals with. But other than that, it’s still a fun throw back to my high school days.
Meghan Trainor was noticeably the big draw of the evening, and it wasn’t difficult to see why. Her hit songs are super catchy, and she has the chops to go with it live. I’d enjoy seeing one of her headlining shows at some point. The only disappointment was that she didn’t sing Marvin Gaye with Charlie Puth.
It was all in all another successful Jingle Ball with a little bit of something for every pop lover. Production on these shows are seamless with a massive stage that has a turnstyle, which keeps the sets coming and the show tight. The line up for 2015 was pretty stellar, but 2016 still had good times all around.