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    13-Year-Old Reviews Concert for 13-Year-Olds; Unphased by Lady Gaga's R-Rated 'White Christmas'

    When considering how to cover New York City's biggest holiday concert — "Jingle Ball," sponsored by pop powerhouse radio station Z100, featuring Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, LMFAO, David Guetta, and many more, at Madison Square Garden on December 9 — we could've assigned the review to any number of professional critics who would've provided plenty of savvy contextualizing and quippy gibes. Instead, we asked an actual New York teenager to observe the teen-pop pageant, and she gave us, well, plenty of savvy contextualizing and quippy gibes. Go figure. I first learned about Z100's Jingle Ball three years ago when I was 10 and, finally, this year I got to go. Mostly, I enjoyed it. Hot Chelle Rae were the first act to perform. A relatively new band, they did a remixed version of their hit "Tonight Tonight," which got the audience excited and on their feet.

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