He came in to “Music’s Biggest Night” with six nominations and surrounded by high expectations. In his debut GRAMMY Awards, English singer Sam Smith did not disappoint. The clear winner of the evening took home four gramophones, including two of the biggest awards for Record and Song of the Year thanks to his smash hit, “Stay With Me.”

In the press room after the telecast concluded, Smith effortlessly fielded questions from the media. It seemed as if he had to focus more on the four awards he held while he answered (“f—king heavy!” he exclaimed) than on the responses themselves.

“A boyfriend would be nice,” the artist responded when asked what could top Sunday night. Another reporter inquired what Smith is looking for in a partner. “Someone who could clean these every day for me,” he said, before looking down at his awards. The press room cracked up again.

“I do not know what I’m looking for,” he said on a more serious note. “I think the minute I start looking, it’s not going to come my way.”

In addition to winning the aforementioned categories, Smith also took home hardware for Best New Artist” and “Best Pop Vocal Album” thanks to his debut LP, In The Lonely Hour. Speaking with the press, Smith confirmed he is already working on the follow-up.

“I feel like I have a title and a concept to the record,” the UK singer noted. “I’ve already started writing. I’m living through it now. I’m trying to kiss as many people as I can so I can write some new music.”

Certainly it will be different to draw from these experiences now that Smith is an international superstar; less than a year ago he was relatively unknown in the U.S. But Smith told me one thing he’s learned in his interactions with other celebrities is that they’re all human, just exceptionally talented.

“It’s incredible,” Smith responded when I asked what it was like to have everyone from Paul McCartney to Rihanna vying for his attention on the floor at the Staples Center. “I’m a huge fan of pop culture. As a 22 year-old boy, I’ve grown up watching E! News and being obsessed with celebrity culture.”

Perhaps he didn’t need Sunday night for this, but Smith is now cemented in that culture. Naturally, he planned on celebrating his big evening by partying.

“I’m going in,” Smith said before adding, “I need to go to In-N-Out Burger though because I’ve been drinking loads of green juice recently so it’s time to ruin that.”

Some sights and sounds from day 2 of “Ralphie Tonight” at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for Westwood One’s “Red Carpet Radio” at The 57th GRAMMYs. The busiest of the two days saw GRAMMY nominees, pas winners and more stop by to chat with “Ralphie Tonight.”





Sights and sounds from day 1 of “Ralphie Tonight” at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for Westwood One’s “Red Carpet Radio” at The 57th GRAMMYs. GRAMMY winners, award-winning directors, up-and-coming stars and everyone in between stopped by to chat on “Ralphie Tonight.”



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Singing quintet Fifth Harmony released its debut album, Reflection, on Tuesday. The ladies dreamt of putting out a full length album for two years, and realized on their journey that nothing with a major record label is guaranteed.

“First we did an EP. We were actually supposed to first do an album but then it turned in to an EP,” recalled singer Ally Brooke Hernandez during an interview with the group on “Ralphie Tonight.” “We just really wanted to get the actual album right and kind of find our sound and who we are more as artists.

The group formed during the second season of “The X-Factor” in the United States. Following a third place finish, show judges L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell partnered to sign the act to a deal. A total of 5 EPs, including two that featured acoustic versions of previously-released extended plays, were released up to this point.

The LP is buoyed by the recent success of “Sledgehammer,” the act’s highest charting song on pop radio to date. Adjectives like “awesome,” “friggen crazy,” and “awesome-balls” were all thrown out when I asked what it was like to hear their song on the radio. “Worth It,” an up-tempo, saxophone driven track that features a verse from rapper Kid Ink, will serve as the album’s second single.

Surprisingly, when asked to mention a track from the release that stuck out to each member of the group, the single was the last to come up. Other personal favorites of the ladies include “Like Mariah,” and “Everlasting Love.”

“We’ve been listening to it so much on our own,” admitted Lauren Jauregui. “This is the hard copy, but we have all of the songs in our head already so this is great.”

The liner notes for the album read like a “Who’s who” list in music. Label-mate Meghan Trainor co-wrote the radio-friendly “Sledgehammer” and “Suga Mama.” Ms. Carey herself along with Jermaine Dupri and J.R. Rotem are credited with the aforementioned “Like Mariah.” Other contributors include Dr. Luke, (Katy Perry) Stargate (Ne-Yo, Wiz Khalifa) and Priscilla Renea (Rihanna, Selena Gomez).

Fifth Harmony took part in a number of CD release signings in the Northeast before heading out to Los Angeles for more promo. The west coast trip will include a stop at Westwood One’s “Red Carpet Radio” at the Staples Center, ahead of this weekend’s 57th GRAMMY Awards. “Ralphie Tonight” will be live from Los Angeles starting Thursday.

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It’s been two years since Fall Out Boy announced that the band was getting back together after a multi-year hiatus. Since February of 2013 the band has released two number one albums and toured theaters, arenas, and outdoor amphitheaters.

And according to the guys, they’ve also learned a thing or two about each other.

“I think we learned how to be patient with each other, and how to trust each other,” lead singer Patrick Stump stated on “Ralphie Tonight” before recalling something bassist Pete Wentz told him after the band reunited. “I asked him, because we’ve always kind of felt like Pete leads the band in a lot of ways, I was like, ‘How did you get better at it because we used to argue about things and now we don’t so much?’”

Wentz’s response, as recalled by Stump, left an impression on the front man.

“He’s like, ‘I learned not to talk sometimes, because when you don’t talk, often times somebody else in the room is already going to say the thing you were thinking. You let everybody express themselves, and you learn things that you wouldn’t have said. You hear more voices than just your own.”

Stump said the band listens to each other more, and perhaps that is one of the reasons why the Chicago-born quartet is bigger than ever. The band’s sixth studio LP, American Beauty/American Psycho, debuted this week atop the Billboard 200 – FOB’s third number one album. The release is buoyed by the tracks “Centuries” and the dance party-friendly, “Uma Thurman,” for which the actress granted the band permission to use her name.

“The whole song was an elaborate ruse to get (Thurman’s) phone number,” joked Stump. “It’s 1-2-3-4-5-6-7,” guitarist Joe Trohman quickly added. Wentz said it was a case of their people reaching out to her people, and she gave them the green light. The bassist also noted that he isn’t sure if Thurman even heard the track.

Although “Centuries” is still gaining airplay on pop radio, “Uma” may not be far behind, meaning Ms. Thurman may soon find the song inescapable.

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In an interview on “Ralphie Tonight” that is scheduled to air Wednesday evening, Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz took aim at an Australian retailer for what he believes is a negligence on their part to value other people’s art.

“Music is just not important to them,” Wentz said initially, when the topic of the band’s most recent leaked album was brought up. American Beauty/American Psycho came out January 20 and as of press time, is slated to be the band’s third number one LP on the Billboard 200. The album hit the Internet early, and it is believed that is the fault of Australian retailer JB Hi-Fi. “The proof of it is, stuff like (leaked albums) is just, ‘Oh, we put it up by accident.’”

“They wouldn’t ‘oops’ the new iPhone for them, because it would be a nightmare for them.”

Fall Out Boy did trace its most recent leak to an Australian music streaming service. But for Wentz, the experiences have him rethinking the way the quartet will promote its music ahead of release dates.

“Maybe next time, the only people we go and work with are people who are in the business of caring about music,” he said. “It’s not a big deal; once it was out, it’s just like, ‘Let’s put out high quality versions ourselves.’”

And on that particular point, Wentz went out of his way to deliver a message for the band’s supporters.

“There is a misnomer out there that I’m upset with our fans for listening to the record when it was leaked. I’m not in any way upset with our fans about that at all,” he clarified. “That was never a bummer.”

But the situation of the leaked album and other struggles surrounding the release compelled Wentz to tweet, “If they keep f—ing around I might leak the rest of it myself.” He later deleted the post.

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