Jesy Nelson to perform first solo concert at Capital FM's Jingle Bell Ball

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Jesy Nelson has responded to accusations of Blackfishing. (Getty)
Jesy Nelson to perform at Capital FM's Jingle Bell Ball (Getty)

Jesy Nelson has been confirmed to perform her first solo concert as part of Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball.

The former Little Mix star joins a star-studded line-up led by Justin Bieber and Coldplay, with the event being held at London’s O2 Arena on December 11.

This will be Nelson’s first major concert since leaving the band in December 2020, launching her solo career in October this year with controversial single, 'Boyz'.

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Nelson came under fire for the track, which features samples from Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs and a verse from Nicki Minaj, after accusations that the music video perpetuated “blackfishing”.

Watch: Little Mix confirm they had an 'educational' chat with Jesy Nelson about blackfishing

Last week, she performed the track for the first time on The Graham Norton Show, again causing backlash for lip-syncing the song.

Nelson will join Bieber on his only live show in Europe this year, and his first major UK performance since 2017.

Read more: Nicki Minaj defends Jesy Nelson over 'Blackfishing' accusations

Others on the line-up include Years and Years, DJ Jax Jones, Becky hill, Sigrid and Clean Bandit.

The Jingle Bell Ball is returning this year after being cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Justin Bieber will return for his first major show in four years (PA)
Justin Bieber will return for his first major show in four years (PA)

In its place a “Best Of” special was aired on ITV to commemorate the previous years’ shows.

The two-night extravaganza has become known for featuring some of the world’s biggest stars, marking the past year.

Previous stars have included Taylor Swift, Stormzy, Harry Styles, Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran.

The second night’s line-up is yet to be announced, with DJ Roman Kemp revealing the line-up on Capital Breakfast from 8am on Thursday.

(Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Coldplay will headline the first night of the Ball (David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Ashley Tabor-King, founder and executive president of Global, said on Wednesday: “The long-awaited return of Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball with Barclaycard will see the biggest hit music artists take to the stage and we can’t wait.

“With global superstars and some of the hottest UK talent set to play the Ball this Christmas, we have another phenomenal weekend of live performances in store.”

Tickets for the event will go on sale from Friday at 9am.

Watch: Nicki Minaj defends Jesy Nelson over 'blackfishing' row

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