On Monday, nominations for the 2014 American Music Awards were revealed. Iggy Azalea leads all artists with nods in six categories, including “Artist Of The Year” and “New Artist Of The Year Presented By Kohl’s.” Nominations are determined by fan interactions with Billboard Magazine and Billboard.com. The winners will be chosen by fan votes at AMAVote.com.
For Azalea, it is yet another milestone in a year filled with them. The 24 year-old artist scored a summer anthem with the Charli XCX-assisted “Fancy” and then charted a second hit from her debut album “The New Classic” thanks to “Black Widow” which features Rita Ora. Azalea has toured the country and performed at this year’s Billboard Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards. During a pre-show benefit for the latter event, Azalea fell off stage while performing. The mishap did not happen again during the live telecast.
“It’s important to get the stage dimensions ahead of time, and then practice your performance within those constraints,” noted singer/songwriter Jason Derulo. The “Talk Dirty” singer teamed up with the aforementioned Charli XCX to reveal the nominations on “Good Morning America” in Times Square. Derulo is no stranger to performing on live TV either, having also performed at this year’s BBMAs. “A lot of people just rent out a dance studio and don’t have the dimensions set-up. And that’s when you might fall off the stage, yunno what I’m saying?”
Derulo, who is getting ready to kick off his “Talk Dirty Tour” later this week, was responding to a question I asked about his preparation for live performances.
“You need your time to rehearse,” he continued. “Make sure you get that time in.”
We also decided to put the multi-platinum recording artist on the spot and get his predictions for some of the AMA categories. There are 10 artists nominated for “Artist Of The Year,” which Taylor Swift took home last year. In addition to Azalea, Beyonce, Luke Bryan, Eminem, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Lorde, One Direction, Katy Perry, and Pharrell Williams all received nods.
“I gotta go with my dude Luke Bryan!” Derulo declared. It may come as a surprise on the outset, especially since earlier in the interview the singer noted he was a big Katy Perry fan. But don’t forget that Bryan and Derulo shared a spot on the Florida Georgia Line “This Is How We Roll” remix.
It was also revealed on Monday that Charli XCX will perform at this year’s AMAs. She scored her first solo hit this year with “Boom Clap” and drops her album “Sucker” in December. The songstress flew in from Detroit to help announce some of the nominees on live TV, and then caught a flight back out to Chicago so she could continue her tour.
The 2014 American Music Awards air live from Los Angeles on Sunday, November 23 at 8 pm. The show emanates from the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live and will be broadcast on ABC.
In an interview taped prior to the release of Train’s seventh studio album “Bulletproof Picasso,” Pat Monahan and Jimmy Stafford sat down in the MLB Fan Cave for MLB.com to chat with me about the band’s new music and love for San Francisco and its Giants.
The audio portion of this interview aired on “Ralphie Tonight” following the Giants’ series win over the Nationals to advance to the NLCS. To watch the interview and Train’s MLB Fan Cave Concert, click here.
Maplewood, NJ’s Bea Miller stopped by “Ralphie Tonight.” She first called in to the show a few years ago when she was a finalist on “The X-Factor.” Now 15 years old, the singer is signed to Hollywood Records and released an EP called Young Blood. The title track is the first single.
Miller also talked about experiencing so much at a young age, and the pros and cons of that situation.
Violinist Lindsey Stirling stopped by “Ralphie Tonight” to perform a few songs and chat about her album Shatter Me.
Before discussing how Skrillex influenced her music (below), she and her band covered Katy Perry’s “Roar” by request (above).
Stirling also performed the title track from her album and a cover of John Legend’s “All Of Me” in studio.
Mary Lambert opened 2014 with a performance for the ages at The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Joined on stage by Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Madonna, the singer/songwriter belted out the hook of the anthemic “Same Love” while 33 couples, straight and gay, were married inside the Staples Center.
Lambert found herself crying in front of Madonna during rehearsals, and has since found love and a hit single to call her own in “Secrets.” The 25 year-old stopped by “Ralphie Tonight” ahead of the release of Heart On My Sleeve, due out October 14, to chat about the album and the past 10 months of her life.