“Extra” host Maria Menounos called in to “The Ralphie Show” to talk about the circumstances and investigation surrounding the death of actor Paul Walker.
The “Fast and Furious” star died in a car accident over the weekend. Just a few weeks prior, Walker sat down with “Extra” during a junket for an upcoming release. Menounos had interviewed Walker a number of times over the past decade.
“Extra” airs weeknights at 7 pm on WNBC, Channel 4.
After last weekend’s American Music Awards, some took to the Internet to criticize Katy Perry; particularly her portrayal of Asian culture during the performance of “Unconditionally.” While a writer for the Associated Press compared Perry to “a princess out of a Japanese painting,” other commentators for The Atlantic, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal condemned the pop star for cultural appropriation.
In an interview with “The Ralphie Show” prior to opening the AMAs, it was evident that Perry did not realize she would be traveling in to controversial territory.
“It will be a beautiful sight for the eyes, and hopefully a blessing for the ears,” Perry responded when asked to preview the performance, which opened the telecast. “It’ll be really beautiful. It’ll be based on one of my favorite places in the world.”
The controversy might have the “Roar” singer thinking twice before the next time she agrees to perform on television.
“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.”
AMAs aside, Perry has orchestrated a triumphant return to the charts in 2013. Her single “Roar” set the pace by hitting number one, and her album PRISM followed in October with a debut atop the Billboard 200. Despite the reasons and invitations to celebrate growing, the singer seems to find moderation.
“It’s really important to remember that the party will always be there, and that’s not the most important part of this,” Perry said, in a rather straight-forward manner. When I clarified that I didn’t mean she gets “blackout drunk,” the songstress quipped, “I stopped the brown liquor so I don’t blackout. I stick to champagne and clear beverages!”
If success has affected Perry at all, you certainly wouldn’t be able to notice by her sense of humor.
One Direction’s Niall Horan talked with me on the red carpet of the American Music Awards to talk about the band’s new album Midnight Memories and their night ahead at the AMAs. The quintet performed “Story Of My Life” and took home an AMA. Horan also spoke about the group’s nomination for Best Album Pop or Rock with Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift.
In this week’s edition of “Trend Hungry Tuesday” – Resident Fashionista Jessie Holeva talks about a trend seen on the American Music Awards red carpet and on sale this Black Friday, ear cuffs.
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You would think by now, Taylor Swift would have grown accustomed to these types of nights. The 23 year-old walked out of the American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday with four AMAs. For the third time, Swift also collected the show’s biggest piece of hardware: Artist Of The Year.
After the telecast finished, the “22” singer had a hard time putting her 2013 in to words.
“I have no idea how this happens,” Swift told me inside Cumulus Media’s one-on-one room in the press area. The artist says that all the time on stage when she wins, but when she’s a few feet away, it is much more convincing. “I know that this is probably never going to happen to me again like this.”
Swift’s fourth studio album Red came out in October of 2012. The past year yielded a stadium tour, eight Billboard Music Awards (including Artist Of The Year), a Grammy for her Civil Wars-assisted song on the Hunger Games soundtrack, and a MTV Video Music Award thanks to the video for “I Knew You Were Trouble.”
Sure, there have been countless rumors and reports about Swift’s personal life. But it seems the only thing that affects her happiness, is her own happiness.
“Sometimes I’m so happy, I’m scared, if that makes any sense,” the songstress said. Given that she doesn’t believe an album cycle will unfold like this again, you can understand why she would think that – although you would almost want her to just be happy, for her own sake.
“I do that every time I win an award,” Swift said of why she questions the sustainability of her success, and maybe her happiness as well. “I just feel like, ‘This has got to be it.’ People are going to get sick of me, clearly. I’m always sick of me.”
There are layers to this. It isn’t as simple as Swift on an award show stage saying, “I can’t believe I won again.” Not only is the singer not able to wrap her head around the amount of success that she has achieved, but she is forecasting its sooner-than-later demise in her thoughts. But perhaps the motivation to maintain or surpass these heights on Swift’s next LP will prove to be a silver lining for her fans.
“For the fans that have invested their time and energy in to you, you want to make them proud,” Swift noted. “Also, you want to give them something different and new. You want to challenge yourself so that they don’t know what’s coming next.”
Does this mean that Swift will not be writing about her love life on the next album? Not necessarily.
“I’m a very confessional songwriter, and so my music is always different because my life is always different,” she explained. “So my responsibility is to make sure that sonically it’s still different too.”