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It was a crazy six hours that saw nominees, presenters and performers all stop by our broadcast area as everyone prepared for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. We chatted with everyone from the show’s co-host Ludacris, performers Jason Derulo, Halsey and Julia Michaels plus presenters Lindsey Stirling, Chris Daughtry and Hailee Steinfeld. Check out more below!







Julia Michaels is attempting to complete a transition that a handful of other artists are familiar with: Keri Hilson, Ne-Yo, Jason Derulo and Ryan Tedder come to mind immediately.

The songwriter is now keeping the hits for herself, and singing them. It all started with a track that is currently climbing up the pop radio charts: “Issues.”

“The song was so personal to me,” Michaels explained to me. “It felt uncomfortable thinking that someone else was going to sing such a personal song of mine.”

So Michaels sang it and now radio stations are playing it. It’s far from the first time she’s heard her lyrics on the airwaves though; the songstress has a co-write credit on Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and has also penned tracks for Demi Lovato, Britney Spears and the aforementioned Derulo to name a few.

“Of course I had respect for them before, but now I’m like, ‘You guys are my heroes,’” Michaels said of her newer-found-respect for the artists she has worked with. “This is so different.”

In example: instead of at an event or in the studio on GRAMMY Week, there Michaels was at our backstage broadcast, granting interviews with radio stations across the globe regarding her past discography and current single. But with

“The first time I heard ‘Issues’ on the radio I bawled like a baby,’” she admitted. “I was like, ‘Whoa, this is happening. It’s so crazy.’”

And if the success of her prior hits is any indication, it’s only going to get crazier.

The latest installment of the Fox competition “So You Think You Can Dance” has taken co-creator and judge Nigel Lythgoe a bit by surprise.

“I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy it as much as usual,” the former “American Idol” producer told me over the phone, calling in from Los Angeles. “We were asked by Fox to do a sort of junior version of it and I thought, ‘Oh, well I’m not sure how good these kids are gonna be.’

“I am absolutely delighted with the talent that we’ve seen. It is a new crop of dancers; they’re sort of 8 to 13 and they are just incredible.”
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The show is now in its 13th season. Lythgoe, along with judges Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo all return. With the spin on the age of the dancers, a fourth judge in 13 year-old Maddie Ziegler is also on the panel.

“She is a very talented girl and obviously a muse for Sia,” Lythgoe said of Ziegler, who hails from Pittsburgh. “We thought (that) if we’re going to have a panel of judges for these kids we should have like the kid sister (Ziegler), the older brother in Jason, the aunty in Paula and the granddaddy in me!”

“SYTYCD” airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. on Fox.

On Monday, nominations for the 2014 American Music Awards were revealed. Iggy Azalea leads all artists with nods in six categories, including “Artist Of The Year” and “New Artist Of The Year Presented By Kohl’s.” Nominations are determined by fan interactions with Billboard Magazine and Billboard.com. The winners will be chosen by fan votes at AMAVote.com.

For Azalea, it is yet another milestone in a year filled with them. The 24 year-old artist scored a summer anthem with the Charli XCX-assisted “Fancy” and then charted a second hit from her debut album “The New Classic” thanks to “Black Widow” which features Rita Ora. Azalea has toured the country and performed at this year’s Billboard Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards. During a pre-show benefit for the latter event, Azalea fell off stage while performing. The mishap did not happen again during the live telecast.

“It’s important to get the stage dimensions ahead of time, and then practice your performance within those constraints,” noted singer/songwriter Jason Derulo. The “Talk Dirty” singer teamed up with the aforementioned Charli XCX to reveal the nominations on “Good Morning America” in Times Square. Derulo is no stranger to performing on live TV either, having also performed at this year’s BBMAs. “A lot of people just rent out a dance studio and don’t have the dimensions set-up. And that’s when you might fall off the stage, yunno what I’m saying?”

Derulo, who is getting ready to kick off his “Talk Dirty Tour” later this week, was responding to a question I asked about his preparation for live performances.

“You need your time to rehearse,” he continued. “Make sure you get that time in.”

We also decided to put the multi-platinum recording artist on the spot and get his predictions for some of the AMA categories. There are 10 artists nominated for “Artist Of The Year,” which Taylor Swift took home last year. In addition to Azalea, Beyonce, Luke Bryan, Eminem, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Lorde, One Direction, Katy Perry, and Pharrell Williams all received nods.

“I gotta go with my dude Luke Bryan!” Derulo declared. It may come as a surprise on the outset, especially since earlier in the interview the singer noted he was a big Katy Perry fan. But don’t forget that Bryan and Derulo shared a spot on the Florida Georgia Line “This Is How We Roll” remix.

It was also revealed on Monday that Charli XCX will perform at this year’s AMAs. She scored her first solo hit this year with “Boom Clap” and drops her album “Sucker” in December. The songstress flew in from Detroit to help announce some of the nominees on live TV, and then caught a flight back out to Chicago so she could continue her tour.

The 2014 American Music Awards air live from Los Angeles on Sunday, November 23 at 8 pm. The show emanates from the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live and will be broadcast on ABC.

After helping to announce some of the 2014 Billboard Music Awards Finalists on “Good Morning America” in Times Square, Jason Derulo spoke with “Ralphie Tonight” about those artists and his performance at the show.

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards air live on May 18 at 8, 7C on ABC from Las Vegas. Derulo also spoke with “Ralphie Tonight” about the release of his new album, Talk Dirty, in the States on April 15.

Jason Derulo stopped by “The Ralphie Show” recently, and we asked him if “Marry Me” would be the second single from his forthcoming EP, Tattoos.

Turns out, they figured it out, and it is. “Marry Me” is a mid-tempo love song that you might be hearing at that upcoming fall wedding this year, if you don’t hear many times first on the airwaves.

Jason Derulo is living out his dream. In a relatively short amount of time, the singer has gained international fame with some of the most infectious hits heard on the radio. Derulo has sold over 11 million singles in the US alone, and is set to release his third studio album Tattoos on October 8.

But in the States, there can be drawbacks to making it big, especially when it’s in the public spotlight. Derulo dates another public figure, singer Jordin Sparks, and recently found himself look at photos of a new house he bought… on a gossip website.

“That’s like where I live, and you’re posting it to the whole world. It’s like, ‘Alright, cool,’” said Derulo during an interview on “The Ralphie Show.” While he is accustomed to media coverage surrounding his music, the idea of his personal life (and space) in the spotlight is one that Derulo is becoming acclimated with. “It just comes with the territory. More and more, I’m seeing the blogs and the tabloids talking more about my personal things and making up things but, it is what it is. We deal with it.”

Derulo seemed more annoyed than bent out of shape out of the whole ordeal, but was quick to dismiss it and move on. He did however correct one report when I brought it up: there are 10 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms in that new South Florida pad he purchased; not nine as originally reported.

“The Other Side” singer spent a good amount of 2012 back in Miami, recuperating from a freak-accident in which he broke his neck and almost ended up paralyzed. Derulo is stronger than ever, and it doesn’t look as if he’ll be spending much time in that new home in the near future. He completed production on his new LP last week with a studio session that followed his performance on “America’s Got Talent.”

“I had to finish this one track that I did with The Cataracs,” Derulo noted. “Then that’s it.”

In addition to working with a wide-array of producers including Dr. Luke and RedOne, Derulo also features fellow artists on tracks with the new album, something he’s never done before.

“Jordin is on this album,” he said of his girlfriend Sparks. “We got a nice little sexy track on there.”

Derulo said the song with her is called “Vertigo.” He also revealed collaborations with Pitbull and The Game. Rapper 2 Chainz is featured on the second single for countries outside of the US, “Talk Dirty.”

Jason Derulo is back, after a freak accident while dancing almost took his life.

The pop star was rehearsing for his world tour in January of 2012 when he mis-executed a flip and landed on his head. Derülo was diagnosed with a “Hang Man’s Break,” as he fractured the same bone that is broken when someone is hung. Many people die or are left paralyzed from the injury.

Derulo spent six months in a neck brace, and has made a full recovery. He now prepares to release his third studio LP, due out this summer on Warner Brothers Records. The first single is about his girlfriend Jordin Sparks, who joked on “The Ralphie Show” that as long as she’s breathing, Jason won’t attempt another back flip.

Recently a duet of this track leaked on to the Internet featuring French singer Louisy Joseph. Here’s the original, from Jason’s album Future History. Does this guy make a bad song?

Jason co-wrote this track with fans online through Coca-Cola and performed it Tuesday night on “American Idol.” It was great to see him back on the stage, as he hadn’t performed since breaking his neck in January.