Like the Harlem Globetrotters, there’s more than one touring lineup of Jingle Ball. Some cities, such as New York, will get Taylor Swift, while others will have to settle for The Jonas Brothers. The version that lands at the Forum features two of the most provocative vocalists in pop music today, Lizzo and Billie Eilish. Lizzo’s 2019 album, Cuz I Love You, is an energetic and feisty blend of pop, R&B and hip-hop spiked with defiant lyrics (“What the fuck are fucking feelings?”). Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, produced and co-written by her brother Finneas O’Connell, is a monumental work that’s much darker and far more subversive than typically escapist mainstream pop. Meanwhile, moments of genuine romantic poignancy occasionally slip free from the generic arrangements and clichéd lyrics holding back Katy Perry’s recent singles “Small Talk” and “Never Really Over.” Other highlights could come from Halsey and Camila Cabello. Plus, Sam Smith, Normani, and BTS.
The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood; Fri., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.; $160-$757. (310) 330-7344, www.msg.com/the-forum.
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