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Woke up early (or perhaps, stayed up late?) to join my friends at the PIX11 Morning News and talk about this year’s GRAMMY Nominations. Of course we covered some local artists who received nods, the major categories and who might have been snubbed. A big thanks to Dan, Oji, Betty and Marcia for having me!

Harry Styles just dropped his new single, a throwback that recalls British artists of yesteryear entitled “Sign Of The Times.” He’ll perform it next weekend on “Saturday Night Live.”

I jokingly asked Michael Che, the SNL star who co-anchors the “Weekend Update” desk, if he is receiving any extra ticket requests due to the One Directioner’s forthcoming appearance.

“Well I’ll be honest with you, most of my family are African-American, so they’re not huge Harry Styles fans believe it or not,” the comedian quipped back. “There might be some!

“Nobody’s hit me up yet. It’s not like Drake!”

Che walked the red carpet at The Garden Of Laughs comedy show benefiting Madison Square Garden’s Garden Of Dreams Foundation. He thought it was important to support ‘SNL’ cast-mate Leslie Jones along with some of his other friends, like Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan.

“Typically on a Tuesday we would be in the middle of writing and we wouldn’t come up for air until Wednesday, sometime in the daytime,” Che explained of the typical schedule during a show week. “SNL” had last week off; it returns this weekend with host Louis C.K. and musical guests The Chainsmokers. Jimmy Fallon takes over hosting duties next Saturday, when Styles is set to perform.

As for Che, he will tour behind his Netflix special “Michael Che Matters” this June, with the trek’s first stop in Boston. Some New Englanders weren’t exactly thrilled earlier this year when during a “Weekend Tonight” segment about the Super Bowl, the comedian referred to Boston as “the most racist city I’ve ever been to.”

“You know what’s so funny? I have so much fun in Boston as far as performing shows,” Che told me. “I love performing in Boston.”

Just two weeks ago he headlined a show at Boston University and according to the Boston Globe, refused to apologize for his remarks because, “I’m just trying to be more presidential.”

Ironically, you could call that a sign of the times too.

One Direction learned last week that American media can rival European outlets in aggressiveness when it comes to prying open the personal space of celebrities.

The boy band performed on ABC’s “Good Morning America” for the show’s summer concert series in Central Park, a day ahead of headlining MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. In addition to singing the new single, “Drag Me Down,” all four gentlemen sat down for an interview with hosts Michael Strahan and Lara Spencer.

It was a rather run-of-the-mill interview until about two and a half minutes in.

“Well I gotta say Louis, from one father to another, I want to congratulate you on your upcoming fatherhood,” Strahan lobbed in the direction of Louis Tomlinson. People Magazine reported a few weeks ago that Tomlinson was expecting a child with Los Angeles stylist Briana Jungwirth. Despite a number of outlets following suit with various updates citing numerous sources, the closest anyone got to a confirmation was a radio interview in which band mate Liam Payne said how excited he was for Tomlinson.

But last Tuesday, the collective reaction of 1D told the story: the guys looked stunned, and clearly were taken aback that Strahan would force Tomlinson to confirm the news in front of a live, national TV audience.

“Thank you,” the singer replied. “Obviously it’s a very exciting time so I’m buzzing. Thank you.”

The guys then went over six seconds – feeling closer to eternity – without speaking. Spencer broke the silence by noting Harry Styles seemed a little quiet.

“No!” he shot back, sitting straight up in his chair. “I’m having a great time.”

Waking up at the crack of dawn to perform on a show, only to have two of the show’s hosts attempt to get your best friend to break his silence on a pregnancy sounds like a lovely way to spend a Tuesday morning.

We don’t know how far along Jungwirth is in her pregnancy, nor do we know if she has had any complications to this point. I pray she has not, but regardless it’s none of our business. And if Strahan really wanted to congratulate Tomlinson “from one father to another,” he would have done so from one man to another, when the cameras weren’t rolling.

Photo: https://instagram.com/michaelstrahan/

Photo: https://instagram.com/michaelstrahan/

Taylor Swift was most visible and Kanye West was nearly invisible during a 2015 Billboard Music Awards broadcast that set a 14-year ratings high mark on Sunday night.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the big night belong to Swift. The superstar entered the evening leading all finalists with 14 nods. Swift took home eight awards, including Top Artist, and also world-premiered the music video for her next single, “Bad Blood,” to kick off the show.
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In what proved to be an omen of what was to come over the next three hours, Swift also led the segue from her video to a performance by rock legends Van Halen. The showcasing of past, present and future was a prevalent theme throughout the broadcast. Another notable routine came from Simple Minds, who had the entire MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas singing “Don’t You Forget About Me” in tribute to the 30 anniversary of “The Breakfast Club.”

A tribute of equal crowd participation came courtesy of Imagine Dragons. The Las Vegas-natives covered “Stand By Me” in honor of the late Ben E. King. Little Big Town also offered a nod to a legend, as the band invited Faith Hill on stage for a “one-night-only” performance of “Girl Crush.”

Representing for the present: Ed Sheeran, who with multiple loop pedals and two microphones put on one of the night’s best performances, Hozier, Nick Jonas and a duet with Meghan Trainor and John Legend.

Kia’s “One To Watch” artist was Tori Kelly, and her acoustic rendition of “Nobody Love” nearly stole the show.

According to TMZ, Kanye West was one of two artists not to attend the show’s dress rehearsal (the other was Mariah Carey). West closed out the BBMAs with a medley of “All Day” and “Black Skinhead.” Not only could he barely be seen due to the lighting and pyrotechnics, but he was also barely heard due to the censoring of his explicit lyrics.

The Billboard Music Awards were co-hosted by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen and produced by dick clark productions. Early numbers from Nielsen indicated that an average of over 11 million people tuned in to the broadcast over the three-hours.

Ralphie’s Look – Suit: H&M; Shirt, Tie, Boots: John Varvatos; Tie Bar, Pocket Square: The Tie Bar

Ralphie’s Look – Suit: H&M; Shirt, Tie, Boots: John Varvatos; Tie Bar, Pocket Square: The Tie Bar


News And Notes From Backstage:
– Prior to introducing Simple Minds, Molly Ringwald told me she hadn’t seen the band since the movie’s premiere 30 years ago!
– After congratulating Meghan Trainor on her two Billboard Music Awards, the “All About That Bass” singer said she was so happy that she “couldn’t stop crying.”
– One Direction was in great spirits on-and-off camera. Harry Styles said the band is excited to release a new album this fall.
– “You won’t be disappointed bro!” was Kevin Dillon’s response when I told him and the cast of “Entourage” that I can’t wait for the movie. The moment was made even cooler by the fact that Dillon sounded just like his character, Johnny Drama, when he said it.
– I made small talk with Ellen Pompeo before she took the stage to present Swift with one of her eight awards. Pompeo called in to my show in 2008 on behalf of President Obama.
– “What is this night?!” exclaimed a surprised Swift as she walked off stage following her win of the fan-voted Chart Achievement Award.

Perhaps one of Ed Sheeran’s most endearing qualities is his honesty. Sound familiar? Probably because you’ve read that before. That was almost two years ago, but it doesn’t matter. Perhaps another endearing quality of the “Thinking Out Loud” singer is the massive amount of global success he has achieved does not seem to have changed him for the worse.

Speaking with a radio station in New Zealand, Sheeran was surprisingly asked if he “approved” of Calvin Harris dating Taylor Swift. Not-so-surprisingly, Sheeran fielded the question with his usual honesty and candor.

Later in the interview, the radio DJs brought up One Direction’s song “Little Things.” Sheeran noted that he did not write it for the fellas, before breaking the TMI threshold as only Ed can.

We’d say, “Never change, Ed,” but that obviously does not need to be stated.

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Life & Style Weekly reports that Harry Styles prefers $800 sheep placenta facials from a skin care doctor out in Los Angeles. Senior Reporter Andrew Nodell also chatted about Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus on “Ralphie Tonight.”

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Life & Style Weekly reports that Harry Styles prefers women’s jeans to men’s. Senior News Editor Jordi Lippe explained why and also talked about Taylor Swift and Katy Perry’s feud plus Chris Martin and Jennifer Lawrence on “Ralphie Tonight.”

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Visit Trend Hungry to find the latest fashion 411 on a skinny budget, and catch Jessie every Tuesday evening on “The Ralphie Show.”

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Life & Style Weekly reports that Khloe Kardashian filed for divorce from Lamar Odom. TV Reporter Evan Real also chatted about Harry Styles’ new rumored girlfriend and Britney Spears’ Vegas demands on “The Ralphie Show.”

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Life & Style Weekly reports that One Direction’s Harry Styles has a new girlfriend. Senior Reporter Andrew Nodell also talked about Amanda Bynes’ possible song duet partner and Jessica Simpson’s new nursery on “The Ralphie Show.”