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If you are creating a seating chart for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, there are two artists that should be assigned prime real estate near the stage: Taylor Swift and Sam Smith. Finalists were revealed for the BBMAs last week, with the songstress and crooner racking up 14 and 13 entries respectively.

The 2015 Billboard Music Awards air Sunday May 17 at 8 pm on ABC from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Ludacris will return to host, but this time he’ll don the co-host title and share the stage with model Chrissy Teigen.

“I learned that we were in Vegas and that we should’ve been doing a lot more partying, so that’s exactly what we’re going to incorporate this year,” Luda, nee Chris Bridges, told me after appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The hip hop artist was joined by Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz to announce some of the categories, and promised that this year he would push the envelope further. “We’re in Vegas. What better place to push the envelope?

And of course Ludacris will do so with the aforementioned Teigen. Her husband, singer John Legend, is featured on a bonus track of Luda’s new album, “Ludaversal.”

“I think people haven’t seen her personality,” the artist said of his partner-in-crime. “I think they’re going to be surprised because she is extremely funny and what better way to add a little spice to the hosting this year?”

Side note: Ludacris’s voice is as distinctive as they come, to the point where when he adds a little emphasis on the word “spice,” you expect him to drop a rhyme in the next sentence.

And for what it’s worth, Luda dropped a few predictions on us as well – picking Smith to win Top Artist and Top Male Artist, while tabbing Swift for Top Female Artist. The two lead all finalists in entries and will go head-to-head in eight different categories.

Finalists are determined by a number of key metrics and interactions through Billboard, including sales, airplay, streams and more. The entries reflect data reported between March 10, 2014 and March 8, 2015.

In addition to naming some of the finalists on “GMA,” Wentz announced that Fall Out Boy would perform “Uma Thurman” alongside soon-to-be tour mate Wiz Khalifa. FOB and Wiz will co-headline the “Boys Of Zummer” tour. The Chicago-quartet is also a finalist in two BBMA categories.


In this week’s edition of “Trend Hungry Tuesday” – Resident Fashionista Jessie Holeva checked in with a trend that a lot of celebrities are loving lately, technicolor.



Visit Trend Hungry to find the latest fashion 411 on a skinny budget, and catch Jessie every Tuesday evening on “Ralphie Tonight.”

James Bay chatted with “Ralphie Tonight” about his new album Chaos And The Calm and how a chance meeting backstage with Taylor Swift led to an opening slot on the European leg of The 1989 World Tour.

Ryn Weaver, a MTV Artist To Watch, chatted with “Ralphie Tonight” about her debut single “OctaHate” and writing for Gwen Stefani’s next project.


Life & Style Weekly reports that according to its sources, One Direction could be doomed following the departure of Zayn Malik. Senior Reporter Andrew Nodell also talked about Mariah Carey and Meghan Trainor on “Ralphie Tonight.”

Tom Higgenson, Dave Tirio, Mike Retondo and Tim Lopez of the Plain White T’s stopped by “Ralphie Tonight” to talk about the band’s new LP, “American Nights.”

The guys also explained where De’Mar Hamilton was, revealed they have yet to meet upcoming tour-mate Rob Thomas and talked about the recent ruling in favor of Martin Gaye’s family surrounding the song “Blurred Lines.”

Kelly Rowland called “Ralphie Tonight” on behalf of Claritin to chat about her allergies; she even revealed that all three members of Destiny’s Child suffer from allergies.

Speaking of which, Rowland shed some light on the trio’s reunion at the 2015 Stellar Gospel Music Awards, and if there is a set time for the ladies to join together again.

After having her first child, son Titan, four months ago – Rowland will now look to complete her fifth studio LP. She tells “Ralphie Tonight” that she is still undecided as to whether she will release it independently or not.


In this week’s edition of “Trend Hungry Tuesday” – Resident Fashionista Jessie Holeva talked about a seasonal trend, denim jackets.



Visit Trend Hungry to find the latest fashion 411 on a skinny budget, and catch Jessie every Tuesday evening on “Ralphie Tonight.”

“Ralphie Tonight” covered the Red Carpet at the Garden Of Laughs Comedy Benefit for the Garden Of Dreams Foundation. The event, held in The Theater at MSG, raised nearly 1.4 million dollars for the foundation.

The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a non-profit organization that works with The Madison Square Garden Company to bring the magic of MSG – including MSG Entertainment, the Knicks, Rangers, Liberty and MSG Networks – to children facing obstacles. Since its inception in 2006, Garden of Dreams has created enduring programs and once-in-a-lifetime experiences that have brought joy and happiness to more than 250,000 children and their families.

Nicolay “Nico” Sereba of the duo Nico & Vinz called “Ralphie Tonight” from Europe where the musical act was supporting Usher on tour. Nico chatted about the band’s upcoming North American tour and offered some insight as to when the duo would be back in the studio creating new music.

Tickets are on sale now for Nico & Vinz’s May 19 show at Irving Plaza.