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YouTube on Stage at VidCon 2019 (A PopEntertainment.com Concert Review)

Meghan Trainor – YouTube on Stage – Anaheim Arena – Anaheim, CA – July 11, 2019 – Photo by Jordan Wagner © 2019

YouTube on Stage at VidCon 2019

You’d think the world’s largest video-sharing website would be all about video, but you’re wrong. The execs at YouTube also know how to put on a pretty incredible live show. Each year as the excitement from day one of VidCon in Anaheim, California winds down, YouTube on Stage turns the heat back up with 90 minutes of excitement and fun. It’s one of our favorite annual events at the convention. As thousands of thrilled fans poured into the Anaheim “YouTube” Arena, they were treated to appearances and performances by some of their favorite YouTubers, actors and performers.

Usually following the format of an old 60’s variety show, YouTube on Stage 2019 mixed it up a bit, making the show more of a mashup of a variety show, videos and a cool award show. Many fav artists hit the stage, including big names like Rhett & Link, who performed their hysterical parody about being irrelevant. On a more serious note, Kyle Hanagam spoke to the crowd about the most difficult time in his life before introducing a beautiful and moving dance performance he choreographed.

Meghan Trainor – YouTube on Stage – Anaheim Arena – Anaheim, CA – July 11, 2019 – Photo by Jordan Wagner © 2019

R&B music group Next Town Down kept the crowd going with their performance that included a cover compilation of hit songs like “The Right Stuff” by NKOTB and “My Girl” by the Temptations and an original song. Another fun performance was Verbal ASE and KRNFX’s beatbox battle, which brought down the house.

For the second year in a row, one of the highlights of the night was eighteen-year-old America’s Got Talent alum Sofie Dossi and her mind-blowing acrobatic and aerobatic performance from high above the audience while hanging from hoop dangling from the rafters. Crazy cool!

Meghan Trainor – YouTube on Stage – Anaheim Arena – Anaheim, CA – July 11, 2019 – Photo by Jordan Wagner © 2019

Some of the award winners from the night were:

Crazy Contraption – Mark Rober

Unconventional Covers – Big Marvel

Dessert Noms – The Icing Artist

As in years past, each attendee received a light-up bracelet as the entered the arena which transformed them into part of the show. Like seen in many big concert tours in the last years, the bracelets blinking to the music gave the impression of an interactive light show throughout the arena, which was a fun addition to the laser lights and pyrotechnics that lit up the night.

Meghan Trainor – YouTube on Stage – Anaheim Arena – Anaheim, CA – July 11, 2019 – Photo by Jordan Wagner © 2019

As in past years, YouTube on Stage always finishes out the night with one of the hottest musical acts around. In 2018, the uber popular electronic DJ Marshmello headlined the evening and 2017 it was R&B superstar Jason DeRulo that left fans screaming. This year’s headliner was Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Meghan Trainor. She brought her high energy performance to the stage with her mega hits like “All About that Bass,” “Like I’m Gonna Love You” and “Me Too.” Keeping in step with her talented line of dancers, Trainor and YouTube on Stage was a perfect ending to our Thursday night at VidCon.

Deborah Wagner

Copyright ©2019 PopEntertainment.com. All rights reserved. Posted: July 18, 2019.

Photos by Jordan Wagner © 2019

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