Jingle Ball Backstage
Katy Perry, Rihanna, Kayne West, and David Archuleta were merely four of the dozen stars performing at New York City's Jingle Ball. We were front and center.
If you're from New York City, you know the drill. And if you're not, here's a little lesson: whether you're driving around town or at home with the radio on, Z100, 100.3 on the FM dial, is where the dial must be set.
It did not disappoint!
Z100's music rocks, their DJ's are hot diggity and yes, their annual concert at Madison Square Garden was another impressive sell out. What really stood out this year was Stand Up To Cancer. As Mayor Bloomberg issued a proclamation declaring the day, "Z100's Jingle Ball Day" to say that excitement in the air was an understatement.
Consider this: Rihanna and Kanye are nominated for Grammy Awards as was Lady Gaga (best dance recording), Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, and Katy Perry. This is an esteemed bunch.
For each ticket sold via Ticketmaster, $1 was automatically donated to the charity with an option to contribute more. Stand Up to Cancer raises awareness and funds to accelerate ground-breaking cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives.
Jingle Ball press room highlights:Lady Gaga: "This is not a persona, it's me in all of my origami glory. That's really the whole idea. I am a performance artist," Lady Gaga says.
"I've been doing performance art in New York City since I was 19 years-old. I make the fashion, write all the music, create all the visuals you'll see in the show tonight, it's something that I put together. It's not a persona, this is who really am. I dress like this all the time. It's not a look, I live and breathe it. If they took my origami away I'd be kicking and screaming to my coffin."
"It's not until you humiliate yourself and pick yourself up from the floor that you realize the artist you want to be. It took me 8 solid years of pining and pining and bleeding and sweating and scraping at the marrow of my bones for the right sound until I finally found it. I wrote just dance and it finally happened! It's like giving birth, immaculate conception."
Ne-Yo, songwriter and performer on the best advice he's ever been given. "...from my mom and she said do not focus on the things what you want. The things that you want are trivial and once you get it you won't want it any more. Focus on the things that you need and you will always be happy."
Photos: Vicki Salemi
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