101.3 KDWB Jingle Ball 2014 Lineup

Ariana Grande at the 2013 Jingle Ball

Ariana Grande at the 2013 Jingle Ball

What a difference a year makes. The 101.3 KDWB Jingle Ball returns to Xcel Energy Center December 8 for the annual celebration of pop stars with the shortest lifespan in the limelight. Miley who? Robin who? This year, the story's all about pop & B vocalist Ariana Grande.

Every single she's released so far in 2014 has been a heatseeker, and for once it doesn't come with a heaping of drama -- unless you count missiles shooting out of her chest in her "Break Free" video. Her second album, My Everything, has become everything to the pop soundscape, and it's refreshing that someone who can actually sing is holding it down right now. 

The rest of the Jingle Ball lineup includes two performers who have collaborated with Grande with grand results in Iggy Azalea ("Problem") and Jessie J ("Bang Bang"). Both of them have proven ubiquitous for the moment, and Iggy's stage act will get a preview at the U of M Homecoming Concert later this month.

The curiosity of this year's lineup is Cape Cod-bred Meghan Trainor, who has racked up a viral hit with the bubbly anthem of plus-size empowerment "All About That Bass." This song is unavoidable, and is gonna be a scream magnet in December. What Trainor has in store for the rest of her performance could be the recipe for stardom by this time next year -- or the glints of one-hit-wonderdom to come.

The 101.3 KDWB Jingle Ball 2014 Lineup
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Iggy Azalea
Meghan Trainor
Jessie J
Nico & Vinz
Rita Ora
Becky G
Shawn Mendes
With special guest host Nick Jonas.

Before the show, the free KDWB Jingle Ball Pre-Party will feature performances by Shawn Mendes and Bea Miller from 3-6 p.m. on December 8 at Roy Wilkins Auditorium.

101.3 KDWB Jingle Ball 2014. Monday, December 8 at Xcel Energy Center. Ticket sales to KDWB VIPs begin via Ticketmaster on Thursday, October 16 at 10 a.m., and run until Saturday, October 18 at 9:59 a.m. More info here. Public tickets go on sale here on October 18 at 10 a.m.


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