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On Sunday I covered my fifth consecutive Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. I also acted as the on-stage warm-up act, hyping and prompting the crowd before the show and during commercial breaks, for my fourth year. Here are some news and notes from my perspective both on the Magenta Carpet and backstage.

– Any artist that actually stopped and did media on the carpet should get some type of award. The temperatures outside T-Mobile Arena were near triple digits. It was so hot outside that inside they actually blasted the air conditioning during rehearsals. Perhaps it was a nice way to test how cold the venue can become ahead of it receiving an NHL franchise?

– I brought a change of dress shirts to account for the weather. Almost everything I wore in both outfits came from my favorite designer, John Varvatos. The tuxedo pants were H&M and my flower and pocket square were both from TheTieBar.com.

– I’d hate to say I called it but… I called it. Celine Dion stole the show at the BBMAs. I had chills listening to 18,000 inside T-Mobile Arena sing-a-long to “My heart Will Go On.” Celine is beloved as an icon, her voice is still impeccable, the movie is adored and the song as of late has gained new life as a meme of sorts. It was one my second-favorite moment from Sunday night.

– Great running in to Dan Kanter backstage. I first met Dan in 2009 inside The Mall at Steamtown in Scranton; at the time he was playing guitar for this new artist… maybe you’ve heard of him… Justin Bieber? Kanter is Bieber’s musical director and assumed similar duties for Julia Michaels’ performance of “Issues” – which I was a big fan of.

– That Rachel Platten “La La Land” adlib was just that – it was not in the teleprompter. I got a kick out of it.

– Something I really loved about this year’s show is that the stars really seemed to be enjoying themselves. You had Young Money – Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Drake – front and center both literally and figuratively for the entire show. Instead of acting too cool for the room they decided to simply join in on the party. With Drake setting the new single-night record for awards, they had plenty to celebrate.

– One of my favorite backstage moments came when BK and Tyler from Florida Georgia Line walked off stage after accepting the BBMA for “Top Country Song.” The duo embraced, let out a Ric Flair-like “Woo!” and said to each other, “Man that never gets old!” Nice to see a genuine moment of gratitude between the two.

– Another cool backstage interaction involved Diddy, who was about to pay tribute to The Notorious B.I.G. and reveal the trailer for the new Bad Boy movie “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop.” The Chainsmokers were walking off the stage after accepting another award and Puff gave them a standing O before chatting with Alex and Drew for a few minutes. That’d be a fun collaboration right?

– Give credit to Vanessa Hudgens for holding her own on national TV and to Ludacris for once again making the whole hosting gig appear way easier than it actually is.

– Some other familiar faces that said hello backstage: Chris Daughtry, Miss America Savvy Shields, Mark Cuban and Hailee Steinfeld.

– I mentioned my second-favorite moment but not the one that tops the list. That honor belongs to my Mom. She was in the crowd cheering on her son while putting the video camera on her new-er iPhone to good use. I am thankful I was able to share the night with her.

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While working with super-producer Danja Hands (who is tight with Polow da Don), he co-wrote Keri Hilson’s smash, “Knock You Down.” But like Keri and many others, Kevin Cossom now hopes to transition from songwriter to singer with his single, “Baby I Like It,” which features Fabolous and Diddy.


Cossom called in to “The Ralphie Radio Show” to chat about his single and why he believes songwriters are at an advantage to make the move from the pen to the microphone.

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What happens when you mix a Diddy album release party with uStream and a posh NYC hotel? Debauchery, and a not-so-happy hotel according to TMZ’s Nicki Fertile.

Catch Nicki on TMZ TV, local listings here.

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Apparently Diddy didn’t hear the cops telling him to turn his music down… because, the music was too loud. TMZ’s Leslie Harris filled in Ralphie…


Catch Leslie on TMZ TV – Weekdays at 6 on Channel 38 – The CW.

things still not looking good for diddy’s girls…


kellie rasberry says it could be aubrey and d. woods. anyone else think this is one big publicity stunt?

the sex olympics? well, the sport doesn’t exist (atleast in an official, sanctioned manner) – but diddy wants in on the competition. the details are here, courtesy of my friend sharon – who i attended syracuse university with.

this is why you attend a big name four year college, kids – to ask disney stars for their shirts and get hit on by A-list celebs. all while collecting a paycheck and a good story in the process…

a few valid points made, a few not-so-much.

a few valid points made, a few not-so-much.

sean combs might have changed monikers, again. apparently he referred to himself as “puff daddy” in a recent myspace blog posting, only to change it to “p. diddy”.

also on myspace, his cameo on the o’neal mcknight “check your coat remix” – where he also calls himself puff daddy.

does it even matter anymore? btw remix is okay – original beat was better – diddy’s verse is nice.