WRITTEN BY MACK
Y100’s Jingle Ball has become a yearly tradition, some would say even a right of passage for those who live in Miami. The concert has played host to some of the biggest names in music––Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Katy Perry and (Mr. ‘Welcome to Miami’ himself) Will Smith. It’s not unlikely to spot some of your favorite celebs backstage like Tom Cruise or Kim and Klohe Kardashian scattered amongst the road cased maze of dressing rooms and packed hallways of the BB&T Center. It’s truly an event where the radio comes to life.
Charlie Puth is no stranger to the big stage, screaming fans and hot lights of our Y100 Jingle Ball stage. This will mark his second year performing in front of the packed house at The BB&T Center.
Charlie Puth tells me he’s ready for all of it as he reclines back up from his seat and jokes with us about the last time he was here. It just so happened last time he joined me in the studio, it was around 3:00 P.M., which meant Cuban coffee time (I had the pleasure of introducing him to my daily Miami vice). This time unfortunately we were out of coffee but the vibe remained the same: just two friends catching up and excited about the show on December 18th.
MACK: What’s the worst hangover you have ever had?
CHARLIE PUTH: The worst was when I was in college––my first day of sophomore year. I went a little coo coo. Actually, interestingly enough, I got a call from Ellen that day too…it was a very bad day that became a very good day.
M: Who was the last person you saw naked.
CP: Oh my God…umm you don’t know her. What’s the next question?
M: What was the last thing you had to apologize for?
CP: For stepping on my friends toes multiple times. You know when you are walking in the mall and there’s like a lot of people, I think I stubbed my friends toes like 15 times, or like the back of his heel. He was like, “Bro, can you please just walk in a straight line…I’m just trying to eat my Nathan’s hot dog in peace.”
M: Were you ever attracted to Selena Gomez?
CP: Wow. Okay, next question!
M: Anything you wanna say to the Puthenators for Y100 Jingle Ball?
CP: See you again.
Even with Charlie’s international success, he stays humble, stopping in the hallway to grab a selfie with a fan and remaining ever-focused on his craft (the sketching out a song concept on napkin in the studio kind of determination). That passion for fans and mu- sic is why artists like Charlie and many others grace the Y100 Jingle Ball stage year after year. Under those bright lights surrounded by thou- sands of screaming fans you won’t just find an artist living out his or her dream but you’ll find a fan living out theirs.