18 Things I Learned Backstage At Jingle Ball

Photographed by Jack Pearce.
Growing up, there was one item that was on my holiday wish list every single year: tickets to Jingle Ball. You know, the mega-concert thrown by Z100 (Tri-state, represent!) and iHeartRadio with big-name headliners you could never imagine in one place. Yep, that one. So when I got the chance to go backstage at last night's Madison Square Garden bash and talk to the acts and presenters as they arrived, I jumped at it.

Posted up, phone in hand, I spent the night snapchatting with celebs as they arrived on the red carpet. I met Selena Gomez, Fifth Harmony, and even Dr. Oz. And, okay, maybe I spent a little time wandering off a little to snap some of the lesser-seen images of the night, too. Think: craft services, the control station, and Fetty Wap's throne.

The result? A whole new idea of what it takes to throw one of these annual ragers. Of course, I snapped photos to report back on what I learned. Ahead, peep the pics from Jingle Ball you haven't seen — and can't see anywhere else. Oh, and Selena, call me.
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For every backstage red carpet, there's someone ready and waiting to jump on an unruly photographer or fan.
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Selena's personal mantra is to stay patient and kind. She also hugged me — twice.
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Every time celebrities hug, troves of photographers get a tingly Spidey sense and jump out of hiding to capture the moment, making it very difficult for big-name acts to socialize — or even walk down a hallway. Here, Selena Gomez and Fifth Harmony stop for a photo op after casually greeting each other.
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Celebs dig Snapchat.
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This is Chloë Grace Moretz' go-to holiday filter.
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Photographers get hungry, too. Here, some red-carpet veterans stash their craft service scores on a light stand.
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Tinashe can take the whole step-and-repeat thing into her own hands. She's also Chris Kringle.
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Ryan Seacrest is a consummate professional who cannot be thrown off his game. This time, he told me that the craziest thing he saw backstage was his dressing room which was actually a bathroom.
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It takes two people to move Fetty Wap's on-stage throne — and it's very well protected.
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This is the best position in-between snaps and interviews. Not only can you charge your phone, but you can rest your feet and eavesdrop where no one can see you!
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Holiday song lyrics are always on hand for an impromptu (yet festive) singalong.
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Sometimes, you gotta keep your body sharp. Here, part of the Jingle Ball crew hit the elliptical backstage.
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There's always a medic on hand. In this case, Dr. Oz told me that the sneakiest but scariest things to look out for during the holidays are parasites. Noted!
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Gifting lounges really do exist, but they're heavily guarded.
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If you somehow make (sneak) your way in you'll find that it's worth the risk of getting booted out. This Sega Genesis, given away by the Snackeez cup company comes with 80 games.
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Backpacks. Backpacks filled with Twix. A whole bag of chocolate. Yes.
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Ariana Grande was not on premises, but that didn't stop her team from passing out her perfume at the gifting suite. It smelled like cotton candy and high ponytails.
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And I didn't leave empty-handed!