Backstreet’s Back in more than one way. A new song on the radio, a new album on the way and a forthcoming tour to follow are all in the works for Kevin, Nick, A.J., Brian and Howie. The fellas, who are marking their 25th year as a group, stopped by our booth Backstage at The Billboard Music Awards to chat with me about the new projects and their existing residency at Planet Hollywood.

For my sixth consecutive year, I made the trek out west to Sin City on the weekend before Memorial Day to cover the Billboard Music Awards. This year, due to I presume the Vegas Golden Nights’ deep playoff run, the broadcast relocated from the T-Mobile Arena to its original home – the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The BBMAs also switched networks, moving from ABC to NBC. Despite the changes, the Billboard Music Awards held true to its trademark of celebrating the past, present and future of music in both the awards handed out and the performances showcased.

In addition to covering the show and interviewing artists backstage, I also served as the warm-up act for the broadcast. This was the fifth straight year that dick clark productions asked me to join the production in this capacity, and I could not have been more honored to stand on-stage in front of thousands, including many artists I adore, while previewing the big night ahead.

Check our interviews and photos from the event below.




David Cook stopped by Hackensack Meridian Health Stage 17 to chat with me about his role on the hit Broadway musical “Kinky Boots,” his favorite spots while living in New York City and what he has planned for the rest of the summer.

Attorney Jill Stanley called in to my show from Los Angeles to comment on what is next for Bill Cosby after his sexual assault conviction, predict what his sentence might be and talk about how the verdict impacts the “Me Too” movement.

Before his group headlined Mohegan Sun Arena and were introduced by yours truly, I sat down backstage to chat with Chris Daughtry of the band Daughtry. He gave me a tentative timeline for the group’s fifth studio album, talked about his plans for the rest of the year and even reminisced with me about a moment we had backstage at last year’s Billboard Music Awards.

Then a few weeks later, we chatted at… the Billboard Music Awards, where he gave me another update on Daughtry’s next LP.

New York City-based divorce lawyer Jacqueline Newman called in to the show to talk about a recent Page Six article in which Jennifer Garner talked about what she, opposed to her ex Ben Affleck, will allow their kids to eat. While Garner was probably somewhat joking, Newman said the theme is one she sees in court quite a bit, introducing us to the term, “Disney Dad.”

Nick Fradiani called in to the radio show recently, ahead of a show he played at Toad’s Place in New Haven, to give an update on new music he was working on and his thoughts on the latest season of “American Idol.”

Clinical Forensic Psychologist Dr. John Huber called the radio show to shed some more light on Mariah Carey’s revelation that she was diagnosed bipolar. Dr. Huber talked about not only the common traits that celebrities who are diagnosed this have, but what Carey’s announcement means for the mental health community.

After performing her new single “Lottery” on “The Tonight Show,” super-talented singer/songwriter Jade Bird stopped by to chat about her music, experience in New York City and love for The Sims.

James TW, fresh off of touring with Andy Grammer, stopped by the radio show to talk about his English roots, getting a record deal off of YouTube and his new single, “Say Love.”