Camila Cabello At New York City Tour Stop
The last time Camila Cabello performed at the Z100 Jingle Ball at New York City’s Madison Square Garden was also one of her final appearances as part of the pop powerhouse Fifth Harmony. At that same show, Cabello was an MVP on the lineup, joining Machine Gun Kelly onstage as a last-minute fill-in for Meghan Trainer, who had to cancel due to laryngitis.
One full year later, Camila Cabello is transforming into a full blown solo superstar, as was evidenced by one of the loudest reactions of Friday night as she took to the stage to perform her smash, Havana.
The performance of Camila Cabello was one of many highlights at the New York stop of iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball tour, which featured Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Sam Smith, Halsey with Special Guest G-Eazy, Fall Out Boy, Demi Lovato with Special Guests Cheat Codes, Logic, Charlie Puth, Niall Horan, Camila Cabello, Liam Payne, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We.
The petite Cabello — who suffered a wardrobe malfunction minutes before hitting the stage, prompting an emergency repair from wardrobe department to fix a tear in her pants — certainly has plenty to celebrate. The day before the show, she announced that her debut album is set for release on Jan 12, and gave fans a taste of a terrific track, Never Be the Same, strapping on a guitar and show a musical side she was never able to express within the confines of a girl group.
Another song on the album also points to her time in Fifth Harmony. Real Friends was inspired by her journey to the ‘paper town’ of Los Angeles, ‘by myself’, Camila Cabello told Variety. The song, which is already resonating with her fan base, surprisingly almost didn’t make the album. “Real Friends was the last song that I wrote for the album, and Havana was the first one,” she explained, saying that both songs as well as the collective finished record reveals both her Cuban side as well as the more ‘emo’ parts of her personality. “I finished it two weeks ago, and then it had to be mixed and mastered in two days,” she added.
During Cabello’s performance at Jingle Ball, she was clearly feeling the love from the many young girls in the arena, which lit up in a sea of lights and screams of fandom. Later in the evening, Camila Cabello happily stopped to snap pictures with fans and hung out with Bleachers frontman and Taylor Swift/Pink producer Jack Antonoff as she checked out the other performers and cheered from the wings. It’s no wonder she was the belle of the Jingle Ball.