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Even smaller names Jingle all the way at the ball

Sure, this year's edition of Z100's Jingle Ball features big stars like Taylor Swift, who just landed eight Grammy nominations, and John Mayer, who just scored a No. 1 album with "Battle Studies."

Everyone who watches "Grey's Anatomy" knows about The Fray, and "American Idol" fans are sure to go wild over Kris Allen and Jordin Sparks. And Pitbull's Latin-dance hybrid has been around for years.

However, the rest of the names on the Jingle Ball slate may not be as familiar, even though the music probably is.

Here's a handy guide to who's who:


WHO? The 15-year-old Canadian singer discovered on YouTube and now handled by Usher

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HITS The hip-hop-tinged "One Time" and the ballad "One Less Lonely Girl"

BEST KNOWN FOR Well, most recently, causing a near-riot at Roosevelt Field Mall, when the large crowd awaiting him grew aggressive and out of control


WHO? The Boston pop-rockers, led by Martin Johnson

HITS The alternative-pop-tinged "The Great Escape" and the fizzy pop of "Love Drunk"

BEST KNOWN FOR Relentless touring with everyone from Good Charlotte and Fall Out Boy to Cobra Starship


WHO? Owatonna, Minn., native singer-songwriter Adam Young

HIT The sweet-synth No. 1 ballad "Fireflies"

BEST KNOWN FOR The ongoing controversy of how close he sounds to the Postal Service, though that should die down once more of his major-label debut, "Ocean Eyes," gets out


WHO? The British singer and rapper discovered by Lil Wayne's Cash Money Records

HITS The smooth Europop smash "Down" and "Do You Remember"

BEST KNOWN FOR His song "Down" ended the Black Eyed Peas' record-setting 26-week run at the top of the singles charts

WHAT Z100's Jingle Ball

WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. Friday, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan

INFO $51-351; 631-888-9000,

Preshow, "Z100's All Access Lounge,"

Even if you get shut out of the main event, you can get to see some of the evening's stars at the preshow, "Z100's All Access Lounge," at Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St., Manhattan, from noon to 6 p.m. Friday. The event is free.

The schedule

1 p.m. Ke$ha, the singer behind "Tik Tok," performs. (Meet, 1:30 p.m.)

2 p.m. Meet Miranda Cosgrove from "iCarly"

3 p.m. Jay Sean performs. (Meet, 3:30 p.m.)

3 p.m. Meet Orianthi, best known as Michael Jackson's guitarist. (Performance at 4 p.m.)

4 p.m. Meet Justin Bieber. (Performance at 5 p.m. Please don't riot.)

5 p.m. Meet Leighton Meester of "Gossip Girl" and "Good Girls Go Bad" fame.

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