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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.

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Life & Style Weekly reports that Kim Kardashian may have stepped between a possible tour that Rihanna and Kanye West were planning. Reporter Danielle Roberto also talked about Chris Martin and Lady Gaga on “Ralphie Tonight.”

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Life & Style Weekly reports that Miley Cyrus and Jared Leto are hooking up. Senior News Editor Jordi Lippe also talked about Kanye West’s very expensive iPhone case and Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean’s secret “Friends” tattoo on “Ralphie Tonight.”

Austin Mahone chatted on the red carpet at the American Music Awards with “The Ralphie Show” and revealed he shares a stylist with a couple of A-Listers. Mahone also chatted about the support he receives from his “Mahomies” and his new single, “Banga Banga.”

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Life & Style Weekly reports that Justin Bieber recently had himself quite the time in a Houston strip club. TV Reporter Evan Real also talked about Katherine McPhee’s affair and Kanye West’s wedding planning on “The Ralphie Show.”

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Life & Style Weekly reports that Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert may be looking to settle down and start a family soon. Senior Reporter Andrew Nodell also talked about Jennifer Lopez’s relationship and Kanye West’s interesting night at the opera on “The Ralphie Show.”

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Life & Style Weekly reports that Adam Levine’s ex girlfriend Nina Agdal is devastated after finding out via text that Levine is engaged. Editor Laura Lane also talked about Jennifer Lopez’s birthday bash on “The Ralphie Show.”

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Life & Style Weekly reports that Kim Kardashian and baby North West are living with Kris Jenner until the new pad is finished, but are healthy and doing fine. Senior Reporter Andrew Nodell also chatted about Justin Bieber’s interesting hotel requests and In Touch Weekly’s interview with Kelly Rowland on “The Ralphie Show.”

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Life & Style Weekly reports that Kanye West might not be in the delivery room when Kim Kardashian gives birth. Editor Laura Lane also talked about an interview sister publication In Touch Weekly did with Shakira on “The Ralphie Show.”

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Life & Style Weekly reports that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West may be drifting apart. Senior Reporter Andrew Nodell also talked about Nick and Mariah renewing their vows and the wedding bands that Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne picked out on “The Ralphie Show.”