Y100's Jingle Ball 2012 with Justin Bieber, Megan and Liz, Zedd, Ed Sheeran, OneRepublic, Karmin, Enrique Iglesias, Austin Mahone, Psy, Cher Lloyd, Neon Trees, Ke$ha, Afrojack, and Flo Rida
BB&T Center, Sunrise
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Better Than: An 8x8 cell of screaming Bieberlites.
Miami might have been abuzz with everything Art Basel on Saturday night, but the BB&T Center had Justin Bieber and everything in between on the brain. Arriving at 5:30 for press check in, fans were coming in droves to ensure they didn't miss one single second of this show. For all the under 18-ers in the house, they were there to hear the people they listen to on Y-100. And all of those acts they have on repeat daily were in the lineup. For any pop music fan, this night should have been a wet dream of sorts. Well, it wasn't.
Let us begin with the fact that we are a pop music fan. Hanson, Backstreet, and N'Sync pratcially raised us from age 8 to 13. We should have loved of this whole evening. As we arrived to arena we were met by a PR girl and escorted to the pressroom that resembled a jail cell of sorts. Let us take that back: Jail has water and the occasional bologna sandwich. We knew we had to get out of there and fast. As we ran, not walked, to the concession stand, we had forgotten a Miller Lite was going to cost us $9. And with hundreds of screaming girls surrounding us, we knew were going to need a few of those things. Goodbye checking account, you were nice while you lasted.
After finding our seats, beer in hand, we took a look at our surroundings. Essentially, we were the only people there not in a Bieber shirt. No, literally. If guardians weren't pilling out the cash for food and beverage, there is a good chance their child was forcing them to purchase a Y-100 Jingle Ball shirt with Justin's face on it. It was very obvious the big sell was JB, which would be pretty ironic about five hours later.
First to hit the stage was the duo, Karmin. Amy Heidmann and Nick Louis Noonan were the perfect choice to put out first. They played their hits, "Broken Hearted" and "Hello." While the problem about coming out number uno is that no one is really there, the hundred some people in the audience were feeling it. And so were we.
Next up, it was time for Cher Lloyd. Just in case you are like the mother sitting next to us who asked "Who is that?," she came to us via Britian's X Factor. Whipping out her hits "Want U Back" and "Oath," she looked terribly bothered to be there. We had more energy and had just spent $25 dollars on a sandwich and beer. Four songs later, there she went. She wasn't missed.
Coming to the middle of the arena was teen heartthrob, Austin Mahone. No, we had no idea who this kid was, but all the screaming ladies did. There is a good chance you know his song, "Say Something," but that's about it. We can't hate though; at 13, we loved N'sync and would have lost our mind for an overzealous tween in what looked like a velour red tracksuit. While we are 99% sure he lip-synced the entire performance, he got lots of ladies training bras in a total twist.