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See Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Pharrell and More Light Up NYC Jingle Ball

Check out electric photos from the biggest pop concert of the year

Jingle Ball

Z100 Jingle Ball Attendees

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On Saturday night, a handful of the world's biggest pop stars (Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Gwen Stefani, Iggy Azalea, Maroon 5 and more) descended upon Madison Square Garden for the annual Z100 Jungle Ball, a rapid-fire concert showcasing the year's biggest Top 40 hits.

"Birthday girl Taylor Swift was the undisputed empress," Rob Sheffield wrote is his report from the event, "especially in the final minutes as the clock ticked down to midnight. If you thought there was any chance that Taylor was going to surrender the stage before midnight and miss the opportunity to turn the entire event into her own personal birthday bash, you've probably never heard of Taylor Swift. This girl likes to make a scene, which is why she rules the pop world."

See Jingle Ball photos of Taylor and her court here.

Jingle Bell

MANHATTAN, NY – DECEMBER 12, 2014: (L-R) Brittany Darnaud, 16, from Merrick, Long Island, Delia Kernen, 18, from Cranford, New Jersey, Delaney Fay, 17, from Cranford, New Jersey, and Nicole Galarza, 17, from Merrick, Long Island, wait for a friend before entering Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. The crowd, much like the holiday performance, was energized and sparkling, festive under the glow of reindeer horns, glitter and cell phones. Photo by: Yana Paskova for Rolling Stone

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5 Seconds of Winter

Fans keep warm while waiting outside the venue.

Five Seconds

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Looks So Perfect

Australian pop-punk heartthrobs 5 Seconds of Summer played three original tunes and covered the Romantics' "What I Like About You."

Sam Smith

MANHATTAN, NY – DECEMBER 12, 2014: Sam Smith performs at Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. The crowd, much like the holiday performance, was energized and sparkling, festive under the glow of reindeer horns, glitter and cell phones. Photo by: Yana Paskova for Rolling Stone

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Stay With Sam

Sam Smith, one of the year's true breakout artists, offered a warm, relaxed set that peaked with his hit "Stay With Me."

Jingle Ball

MANHATTAN, NY – DECEMBER 12, 2014: Audience members gasp as Shawn Mendes performs at Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. The crowd, much like the holiday performance, was energized and sparkling, festive under the glow of reindeer horns, glitter and cell phones. Photo by: Yana Paskova for Rolling Stone

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In the Crowd

Starstruck fans saw their holidays wishes come true.

Nick Jonas

MANHATTAN, NY – DECEMBER 12, 2014: Nick Jonas performs at Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. The crowd, much like the holiday performance, was energized and sparkling, festive under the glow of reindeer horns, glitter and cell phones. Photo by: Yana Paskova for Rolling Stone

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Drop the Mic

For some, Nick Jonas' accomplished set was one of the night's big surprises. Others fans just dug his sharp Christmas sweater.

Jessie J

MANHATTAN, NY – DECEMBER 12, 2014: Jessie J performs at Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. The crowd, much like the holiday performance, was energized and sparkling, festive under the glow of reindeer horns, glitter and cell phones. Photo by: Yana Paskova for Rolling Stone

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Bang Bang

Another surprise: Jessie J going goth for a dramatic take on her "Burnin' Up."

Iggy

MANHATTAN, NY – DECEMBER 12, 2014: Iggy Azalea performs at Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. The crowd, much like the holiday performance, was energized and sparkling, festive under the glow of reindeer horns, glitter and cell phones. Photo by: Yana Paskova for Rolling Stone

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Get This Work

Iggy Azalea performs –and makes sure that those less familiar with the Australian rapper know her name, if only from the writing on her back-up dancers' athletic crop-tops.

Pharrell

MANHATTAN, NY – DECEMBER 12, 2014: Pharrell Williams performs at Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. The crowd, much like the holiday performance, was energized and sparkling, festive under the glow of reindeer horns, glitter and cell phones. Photo by: Yana Paskova for Rolling Stone

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Hats Off

Pharrell scours the audience for potential background vocalists. He would perform "Happy" with a handful of kids picked from the first rows.

Gwen Stefani

MANHATTAN, NY – DECEMBER 12, 2014: Gwen Stefani (left) performs with Pharrell Williams (not seen) at Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. The crowd, much like the holiday performance, was energized and sparkling, festive under the glow of reindeer horns, glitter and cell phones. Photo by: Yana Paskova for Rolling Stone

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B-A-N-A-N-A-S

Pharrell also brought out a slightly more accomplished guest: Gwen Stefani.

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