Selena Gomez Owns The Night In New Jersey

The 2011 VMA Pre-Show co-host brought her Scene to the PNC Bank Arts Center on Saturday night.

HOLMDEL, New Jersey — On Saturday night, Selena Gomez rocked the PNC Bank Arts Center, the latest stop on her We Own the Night Tour. While the crowd held up glow sticks, it was the rising teen star who lit up the amphitheater with her glittering outfits and upbeat energy.

The night started off with opener Christina Grimmie, the YouTube sensation managed by Selena’s parents, who performed several cover songs that got the audience singing along, as well as a few originals. Next, Allstar Weekend brought their infectious pop-rock to the stage, and got the Jersey kids (or their parents) hyped with a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark.”

But things really got started when Selena took the stage in a sparkly gold dress, and belted out “A Year Without Rain.” Justin Bieber’s better half kept the audience on their feet with several high-energy songs and quick outfit changes. After delivering “Love You Like a Love Song,” she dropped down into the stage, reemerging moments later in a silver hooded top and bejeweled purple harem pants for “Spotlight.”

Backed by her band, the Scene, Selena danced across the stage singing many fan favorites, including “Falling Down” and “My Dilemma.”

As much as fans were eating up Gomez’s original tunes, one highlight of the evening was her tribute to Britney Spears . Selena came out on stage in a blue scarf skirt reminiscent of Britney’s “I’m a Slave 4 U” VMA performance outfit, and wowed the crowd with a medley of Spears’ biggest hits. She kept the party atmosphere up for the rest of her set, and left the fans cheering for more, until she came out to sing “Who Says” as part of the encore. The night ended with a cover of the ’70s classic “Magic,” and Selena bringing out her opening acts for a final bow together.

You can see more of Selena Gomez when she co-hosts the 2011 VMA Pre-Show this Sunday at 8 p.m. on MTV.

The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live Sunday, August 28, from Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/PT, following the Selena Gomez-hosted pre-show at 8. See the list of nominees, revisit last year’s highlights and vote for Best New Artist at VMA.MTV.com.