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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.”

Ed Sheeran is traveling the country with Taylor Swift on her “Red” tour, and is requested to perform at some of the biggest award shows in the U.S. But while speaking with “The Ralphie Show,” he revealed that he no longer approaches artists whom he is a fan of.

“I’ve been really disappointed a bunch of times,” Sheeran told me during an interview taped the weekend of the Billboard Music Awards. “A lot of people are d–ks.”

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Sheeran estimates that for every five singers he meets, one is usually genuinely nice. At first, he thought it might be an American thing. Then he realized that it simply falls along genre lines.

“Country artists are wicked,” Sheeran said, using the term as a form of endearment. “I’m English, and I’m a massive hip-hop fan. I grew up listening to a lot of rappers. When I was at The GRAMMYs and I met some people, it was just a bit like… you know, I’m not asking for anything, just a handshake. Some people wouldn’t even shake my hand.”

The “A-Team” singer revealed later that the particular encounter he was referring to involved rapper Nas. Sheeran owns all of the star’s albums.

“It’s not that hard to be nice man, for 15 minutes,” Sheeran continued. “One of the nicest people I ever met was Paul McCartney, and he doesn’t have to be nice to anyone, because he’s Paul McCartney.”

Sheeran did have a great encounter last weekend at 95.5 PLJ’s Summer Blast-Off, where he and Gavin DeGraw ended up jamming on stage together and exchanging pleasantries over Twitter. Another massively successful artist who is great with people: Sheeran’s tour-mate.

“Most big artists do pay-for meet-and-greets,” Sheeran noted, explaining how Swift’s “Club Red” works. “She sets up a club, they put pizzas in it, there’s like a photo booth in it, there’s Coca-Cola, all of this cool stuff, and her team goes out in to the crowd every night and picks out the most dedicated fans.”

The songwriter says most of the time, the fans that weren’t able to afford the best seats in the house end up with an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of hanging out in Club Red with T-Swift.

“For her to do something like that every single night, to walk off stage and not even take a break… and go in to Club Red, and do an hour and a half meet-and-greet for 20 people is pretty cool,” Sheeran said. “Because it’s not just a picture and a ‘See ya later,’ it’s (more).”

Another one of Sheeran’s friends that doesn’t mind giving back is Harry Styles. The last time Ed and I spoke, he revealed the story of Styles buying Domino’s Pizzas for the homeless in Los Angeles. When I informed the singer that The Mirror UK and subsequently the world picked up the story, he smiled.

“You know what, I’m down with Papa John’s as well,” Sheeran responded. “Can we just put out a story about them? They do these cheese-sticks that are out of this world. We don’t get them in England.”

I’m sure it’s happened to you at some point or another: you have tickets to a big show, but you can’t attend because you’re stuck at work. Even celebrities fall victim to this… enter Adam Levine.

Paul McCartney played the Hollywood Bowl last night, and the Maroon 5 lead singer scored tickets. But, according to the singer’s Twitter update, Levine was stuck in the studio.

You could only imagine what he was working on there if it warranted passing up Sir Paul.

Anyways, Levine followed that up with, “If you love Sir Paul as much as I do. Meet me at the chevron on the corner of la brea and sunset. Tickets await. Hurry.”

You’re a little skeptical of meeting up with Maroon 5’s front man at a gas station on Sunset Boulevard? Please, don’t be.

“P.S. I’m dead serious. He goes on in twenty minutes at the Hollywood bowl…,” tweeted Levine. “Let me reiterate this is not a hoax. Whoever gets there let me know and we will come make the hand-off.”

He later specified that the winner would be required to sing one non-Beatles McCartney tune. Less than an hour after his initial Twitter update, Levine gave away his tickets.

“Just handed over the tickets to a lovely young lady,” he said via Twitter. “The giveaway is over…she seemed so happy!!!”

Certainly that lovely young lady has a story for the ages… but I still want to know what Levine was working on. Maroon 5’s next album is untitled, and scheduled for a June release.


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