The holiday season was officially in full gear for pop music fans with the iHeart Radio Jingle Ball at the BB&T Center in Sunrise Friday night.
Everybody who’s anybody in teeny bopper — sorry, YA! — tunes was there: Aussie band 5 Seconds of Summer, The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye), Tove Lo, Zedd, Fifth Harmony, Nick and Joe Jonas, Shawn Mendes as well as a couple of semi newcomers.
Charlie Puth, who just received three Grammy nominations for See You Again, his collaboration with Wiz Khalifa, admitted he was a little jittery.
“I tried to take a power nap beforehand, but it didn’t work out because I am so excited,” the 24-year-old New Jersey native said in the press room before the concert. “I still get a little nervous around big crowds. I listened to a little James Taylor to slow my heart rate down.”
As for Puth’s New Year’s resolutions: “I’m probably going to try to be a little more social. Working on that.”
Hmm, the boyish musician seemed pretty social at the American Music Awards last month when he planted a steamy kiss on Meghan Trainor after their duet, Marvin Gaye.
For the holidays, Puth plans to stay chill by watching “classics” like The Santa Clause (“just the first one”) and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
At least Chloe Angelides was ready for her moment in the spotlight. The Los Angeles resident has written songs for Selena Gomez (Sober), Jason Derulo (Zipper) and Ciara (Jackie) but was at Jingle Ball to join R.City for their song, Make Up.
“It’s nice to step out on my own,” said Angelides, who spent the day power walking around Miami for exercise. “This is a fun time of life for me.”
Hailee Steinfeld was ready to rock as well. The model, actress (True Grit) and singer couldn’t wait to belt out her new single off Haiz, her debut four-track EP, You’re Such A... The performance was her first time singing it live.
“My backup dancers are amazing, and we just go out there and give it our all,” said Steinfeld. “It’s going to be one heckuva party.”
The 19-year-old likes to stay busy. She just finished working on a coming-of-age comedy with Woody Harrelson, who plays her high school teacher. Working title: Besties.
“I literally just wrapped my scenes a week or so ago and then went right into rehearsals for Jingle Ball so my life’s a little crazy,” she said. “I haven’t had time to comprehend what I did.”
She would say that Harrelson was a great costar.
“He’s frickin’ amazing, the best personality ever,” Steinfeld said, adding that the former Cheers’ star’s constant improving would cause some on-set problems. “Sometimes he would just make us all bust out laughing. I couldn’t keep myself together. I pray there is a blooper reel.”
With such a packed schedule, how does Steinfeld keep it all together?
“I have a great family and team and support system. If it weren’t for them I doubt I could make it through the airport,” joked the native Californian. “No, seriously. I’m reminded every day why I do what I do. It’s the love of the art, the love of being on stage, when fans sing my song back to me or when your movie is released around the world. It makes me happy.”
Any dream collaborations?
“Justin Timberlake. I could never even imagine that happening, but I’m going to put it out in the universe. Everything about him — such a performer. People are skeptical about the whole crossover thing, but it’s been done, and it can happen. He’s the one who did it, and I admire that.”