Archives For The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards

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.



Imagine Dragons performed at the American Music Awards and then The GRAMMYs. Both performances were well received. Both performances were complimented with awards won that evening. Also both performances were enjoyed by a one Taylor Swift, who was seen on camera front and center rocking out to the band’s sounds.

“We’ve played a couple of events before with Taylor and yunno, she always an enthusiastic supporter of us,” bassist Ben McKee told “The Ralphie Show.”

“Anytime we look out and see Taylor Swift dancing, we’re pretty sure we’re doing something right,” added drummer Daniel Platzman. The band member also confirmed that when they’re on stage, Swift’s unmistakable silhouette dancing in the front row is pretty much impossible to miss.

“She was getting down. I think that’s cool,” lead singer Dan Reynolds chimed in. “I think people should express themselves and I feel like more and more, hopefully in society people are ok with letting others express themselves however they want.”

Reynolds also offered Swift props for not being too cool to enjoy herself amongst celebrities and a national television audience.

“To me, the less cool thing to do is to try and act a certain way,” he said.

Reynolds and his band know a thing or two about cool. Imagine Dragons only has one album out, but Night Visions is almost double platinum in the U.S. alone, spawning three big hits in the process. In addition to other artists in the crowd enjoying themselves, the Las Vegas-based quartet has gained notoriety for an artist that collaborates with them on stage: rapper Kendrick Lamar. But despite the acts seamlessly mashing up “Radioactive” and Lamar’s “m.A.A.d city,” don’t expect any features on the band’s next LP.

“We’re really not even thinking fully what we’re going to do with the second album,” Reynolds revealed. “We’ve just been writing without thought.”

The front man told Rolling Stone that the Dragons are currently 50 demos deep in to those writing sessions.

“I think we have a lot of work to do on our own,” guitarist Wayne Sermon explained, “to kind of establish ourselves and to have that confidence in ourselves to identify a sound and to continue to grow before we reach out to other people.”

“But, yeah, you never know.”

During “The Ralphie Show” Backstage at The GRAMMYs broadcast, Aloe Blacc spoke about the success of his new single, “The Man,” and the U.S. release date for Lift Your Spirit.

Blacc also talked about his hectic schedule and balancing family life with the success he’s currently experiencing in the U.S. after hit singles “Wake Me Up” and “The Man.”

Between scoring another hit single, releasing a revealing book, and leaving “The X-Factor,” Demi Lovato lifted a lot of weight off her shoulders in 2013.

“I worked so hard last year,” Lovato recalled to “The Ralphie Show” during a chat backstage at The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards. “At the end of the year I was like, a little burnt out.”

But Lovato is turning a new page with 2014; she took most of January off to prepare for the “Neon Lights Tour.” It’s a far cry from a year in which she would pull all-nighters before national TV performances.

“I had press all day, then I had a concert,” Lovato explained of the first time she did this – coincidentally the last time she appeared on our show. “I was done at 10 p.m. I hopped on a private plane and I tried to sleep on there but it was only an hour flight. So we got in to New York, and I couldn’t sleep. So I was up for the entire day.”

Lovato’s work schedule became so overbearing that her team developed creative ways in which she could find time to sleep.

“I used to work so hard that they would prepare a bed in the back of the SUV,” revealed Lovato. “So whenever I got in to the car, there was already a bed prepared because I was not sleeping.”

The singer’s “Neon Lights Tour” begins on February 9 in Vancouver, Canada. Lovato’s supporting acts include Little Mix, Cher Lloyd, and Fifth Harmony. The trek wraps up in Indianapolis on March 30.

Check out the sights and sounds from day 2 of “The Ralphie Show” backstage at The 56th GRAMMYs.









Check out the sights and sounds from day 1 of “The Ralphie Show” backstage at The 56th GRAMMYs.






Katy Perry will perform at the 56th GRAMMY Awards, set to air Sunday night January 26 on CBS. Perry last performed at an award show in November at the American Music Awards. The night before her rendition of “Unconditionally,” she expressed to “The Ralphie Show” that singing on live TV wasn’t her favorite thing.

“I love performing on tour, because (you’re) more in control, and I have more vision for it,” Perry explained. “The award shows, although I love being a part of them, you only get to rehearse for a few days and everything’s so last minute. Yunno, I’m coming in from Europe, so I’m awake while I’m supposed to be sleeping and sleeping while I’m supposed to be awake so it’s very strange times.”

Still, if the “Roar” singer were to make an exception for this, surely it would be for the “Biggest Night in Music.” Perry received two GRAMMY nods thanks to that first single from Prism, “Best Pop Solo Performance” and the highly coveted “Song of the Year.” The album itself was released after the GRAMMY deadline, and has since sold over a million copies in the U.S. Perry reached the platinum mark in 11 weeks with her third studio LP, about half the time it took Teenage Dream to sell the same amount.