Backpack Kid Makes an Appearance at the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2018 Event
Backpack Kid, known to his friends and family as Russell Horning, gained international recognition for his iconic dances, his wacky style, and his meme-worthy persona. Recently, Backpack Kid was invited to the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2018 event alongside top celebrities gathering for star performances and meet-and-greets with fans.
Backpack Kid’s fame was already gaining momentum when he was launched to international recognition by pop superstar Katy Perry. The singer, impressed by his dancing videos on social media, invited him to perform alongside her on the SNL stage to her hit single “Swish Swish.” Still only a teenager, Russell Horning already has tens of thousands of fans and a viral dance that has taken the world by storm: the Floss.
And how did it all begin?
“I just posted a video on Instagram just for fun, only thinking about 30 or 40 people would see it, then that video just blew up,” says Backpack Kid.
Those 30 or 40 people eventually turned into tens of thousands of viewers, chief among them superstars like Rihanna and Katy Perry who did their part to share his dancing with the world. Since earning a name for himself, Backpack Kid has attended Zumba conferences, played in celebrity video game tournaments, and released solo music in addition to a series of new and trending dances.
Most recently, Backpack Kid was invited to attend the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2018 Event, a major annual gathering of celebrities and performances that makes headline news each year. The Jingle Ball event began over 20 years ago through New York’s Z100 station––the most listened-to pop radio station in the country. The event hosts the year’s top musicians and asks them to perform their chart-topping singles during the Jingle Ball concert.
Today, it’s one of the most anticipated holiday traditions around with the bulk of tickets selling out within minutes after their release. The event has transitioned from a single performance to a globally-recognized tour across the country where passionate fans get to watch their favorite artists perform smash hits face-to-face. Celebrities performing at this year’s event included Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Calvin Harris, G-Eazy, Dua Lipa, and Khalid among many others.
“Getting invited to the Jingle Ball––it’s unreal,” says Backpack Kid Russell Horning. “I get to walk down the same red carpet as the biggest celebrities in the game and meet my fans in person.”
Backpack Kid ensures that he uses his growing fame for good by spreading positivity and togetherness wherever he goes. He’s a regular speaker on the importance of forgiving others and showing kindness when it isn’t expected. Backpack Kid also volunteers across the country, surprising underfunded elementary schools with supplies and attending charities and raising awareness and funds for their causes.
If gathering the country’s most impressive celebrities of the year was the goal of Z100’s Jingle Ball event, then Backpack Kid certainly earned his invitation.