Daya Takes Us Behind the Scenes at Jingle Ball 2016

CREW LOVE
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Days before playing a sold-out Madison Square Garden for iHeart Radio's Jingle Ball in New York City, rising pop star Daya heard the greatest news of her burgeoning career. Her chart-topping single, "Don't Let Me Down," with DJ duo The Chainsmokers, was nominated for a Grammy. "I was alone in my hotel room when I found out," she told InStyle backstage before the show. "I had just woken up when I rolled over and saw that I had a ton of missed calls. I opened the lock screen and saw 'Grammy' and just started crying." The tears dried up in time for her to join her collaborators onstage and perform the hit song for 60,000 screaming fans. To commemorate her first-ever Jingle Ball—and appearance at The Garden—Daya brought us behind the scenes during the big night.

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ARRIVING BACKSTAGE

ARRIVING BACKSTAGE
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"Arriving to MSG! Shouts out to Ellie Goulding and Justin Bieber for both killin' their sets!"

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SITTING STILL, LOOKING PRETTY

SITTING STILL, LOOKING PRETTY
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"Touch-ups ... much love to the dream team for keeping me looking fresh all night long."

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HITTING THE RED CARPET

HITTING THE RED CARPET
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"Carpet time = chat time."

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SCHMOOZING WITH THE HOSTS

SCHMOOZING WITH THE HOSTS
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"Always have to make time to stop and chill with my friends at Z100!"

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THE WINNING LOOK

THE WINNING LOOK
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"Me in my stage outfit trying to stay calm (but actually freaaaaaaking out)."

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SHOWTIME

SHOWTIME
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"Playing a sold-out MSG for my first time was SO MAGICAL ... truly no words."

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN
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"Surprised the crowd with a song about Santa Claus with all the Jingle Ball homies."

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GRAMMY MOMENT

GRAMMY MOMENT
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"Thanks as always to The Chainsmokers for inviting me onstage to perform our new GRAMMY-NOMINATED track 'Don't Let Me Down.' Unreal!"

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NO NEW FRIENDS

NO NEW FRIENDS
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"Love having friends come out to my shows! So happy these two were there to keep me company/sane at my first Jingle Ball."

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CREW LOVE

CREW LOVE
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"And last but not least, major crew love to the team that makes it all happen: my guitarist, Hayden, and my drummer, Beau."

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