Backbeat: LMFAO, David Guetta, Karmin Behind The Scenes at Z100's Jingle Ball Red Carpet
Backbeat: LMFAO, David Guetta, Karmin Behind The Scenes at Z100's Jingle Ball Red Carpet

While Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Pitbull and many more pop stars were rocking the stage at Z100's annual Jingle Ball concert on Friday night (Dec. 9), the red carpet at New York's Madison Square Garden was swarming with press reps, photographers, publicists and a few MSG staffers trying to make sense of it all. Press outlets conducting video interviews were scrunched together within a few feet of each other, trying to score 2-question interviews with Gym Class Heroes, David Guetta, Hot Chelle Rae and Khloe Kardashian, among others.

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LMFAO's Redfoo on the red carpet at Z100's annual Jingle Ball. (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

LMFAO's Redfoo -- who performed at the event without his pop star partner in crime, Sky Blu -- walked down the red carpet sporting a zebra fanny pack, flashing his nipples outside of his sleeveless tee and telling multiple reporters that his goal for next year was to explore acting opportunities. Meanwhile, Gym Class Heroes were being rushed down the red carpet to make room for Big Time Rush, with GCH frontman Travie McCoy reflecting on the success of their latest hit, "Stereo Hearts," while wearing a beanie hat that looked like a bumblebee.

"What's been most special about 'Stereo Hearts' is the kind of grassroots growth that it's had," McCoy, who previously scored the hit "Cupid's Chokehold" with GCH, told Billboard. "It started off bubbling a little bit, and then it just slowly [grew] -- and I don't think it's fully peaked yet." Added bassist Eric Roberts, "We are no longer a one-hit wonder. Oooh!"

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David Guetta on the red carpet at Z100's annual Jingle Ball. (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Most artists were hurriedly escorted down the carpet by their longtime publicists: Sherlen Archibald and Peter Kadin of The Chamber Group were on hand to guide tween boy band Mindless Behavior, who crooned their new single "Christmas With My Girl" to anyone who inquired; Joe Carozza of Epic Records was coordinating press time for Karmin, the cover-savvy viral duo who had released the video for their official debut single, "Crash Your Party," the day before; and EMI Music's Darren Baber was on hand to help Guetta, who is sitting snugly at No. 7 on the Hot 100 with his Usher-assisted single "Without You."

"Actually, 'Without You' is one of my favorite songs ever in my career," says Guetta. "For Usher and myself to find a record that would be in the middle of both of our worlds -- and at the same time, not to sound like anything he's done before, not to sound like anything I've done before -- it was very challenging, and I think that's why it's so special." While Guetta wouldn't share details on his upcoming production projects, he told Billboard that he's interested in working with "younger artists," and is always looking for new, emerging talent.

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Youtube sensations Karmin on the red carpet at Z100's annual Jingle Ball. (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Elsewhere, Khloe Kardashian discussed her upcoming Christmas plans (although remained mum on the trade rumors surrounding her husband, NBA star Lamar Odom), and "Little Miss Sunshine" actress Abigail Breslin talked about her musical project CABB alongside bandmate Cassidy Reiff. Sadly, Gaga and Clarkson were no-shows on the red carpet, and Foster The People and Pitbull opted for a few quick photo ops but decline interviews opportunities, leaving one reporter to shout out after the latter, "Pitbull! Come back! I love you!"

For more coverage of Jingle Ball 2011, including a breakdown of the big show itself, click here.

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