Excited fans jingle all the way to the annual Jingle Ball Concert

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Ariana Grande, singer of “Into You” and “Dangerous Woman,” performs at the 2016 Jingle Ball in Madison Square Garden.

Carly Perlmutter, Contributing Writer

As the days get cooler and shorter, there is one thing in the early month of December that helps shed some light: Jingle Ball. Each year, Jingle Ball concerts are hosted in cities across America featuring the year’s most popular artists, as well as up-and-coming musicians.  This year’s lineup impressed the masses as Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, G-Eazy, Lukas Graham, Alessia Cara, and Charlie Puth, as well as several other artists, were scheduled to perform in major cities across the country. Although performers vary from city to city, additional artists who were not scheduled to perform surprised audiences, making the event even more exciting. In New York, Jingle Ball is hosted at Madison Square Garden.

“One of my favorite parts of Jingle Ball is taking the train to Madison Square Garden.  Almost everyone on the train is going to the concert and it’s always so exciting,” said senior Rachel Reisman.

As the Garden began to fill up on Dec. 9, Fifth Harmony started the night with synchronized dances to their songs “Work From Home” and “Worth It.”  Later in the evening, the group’s Camila Cabello made a special guest appearance with Machine Gun Kelly to perform their new hit “Bad Things.”  Ellie Goulding brought power and energy to the stage as she fought through sickness to perform.  Hailee Steinfeld then sang an acoustic version of her chart-topping song “Starving.”

“Last year, I celebrated my 19th birthday here. This year, I get to celebrate ‘Starving’ going platinum,” said Steinfeld to the audience.

With much to celebrate, the audience’s cheers soared as Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber took the stage. Just a day after the sought-after production of Hairspray Live, Grande jetted across the country to sing her latest album Dangerous Woman and  got into the holiday spirit with a variety of songs from her EP Christmas and Chill. Justin Bieber brought the crowd to tears with a very raw, acoustic performance of “Love Yourself” and “Cold Water.”

“The best part of the night was when I momentarily locked eyes with Justin Bieber. I felt invincible,” said senior Miranda Tanenbaum.

Between the music, artists, and venue there is a lot to be thankful for; Jingle Ball is a great way for people to coexist and be joyous in the spirit of the holidays.