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Some news and notes after Sunday night’s American Music Awards broadcast from my vantage point as an audience member inside Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater…

– Fun fact: This was my first time actually watching the AMAs from the crowd? My previous four years were spent in the press room. I was given a VIP Orchestra seat and hung out with my fellow Cumulus Media/Westwood One colleagues.

– There were other familiar faces nearby though – Rachel Platten was at the end of the row in front of us! Always love when she and I have a chance to catch up. Rachel is heading to New York for Thanksgiving; she’ll be singing for children in local hospitals on Turkey Day. How amazing is that? Not-so-amazing: after we snapped this selfie, a waiter walking up the aisle spilled a cup of ice on her. Thankfully, no harm no foul.

– During his opening, Jamie Foxx went a bit off script. Ahead of the broadcast, the instructions given to us by Executive Producer Larry Klein were that we were to stay seated and quiet for Jamie’s speech and the P!nk/Kelly Clarkson performance, saving our energy for the opening credits. But Foxx had a different plan, asking everyone to make noise and stand. It contracted what we heard and it might have come off weird on TV because Foxx was the only person lit for the entire segment.

– Especially considering it didn’t happen right in front of us on stage, the audience inside Microsoft Theater was really captivated by the P!nk “Beautiful Trauma” performance. dick clark productions really outdid itself again – Drake performing in the Bellagio fountains for the Billboard Music Awards was epic. You could say the latest stunt reached new heights…

– The BTS phenomenon was fun to witness in real life. Every time the guys stood up, the audience screamed. Every time there was a cut-away shot to the guys, the audience screamed. It got so bad that I’m pretty sure producers had to stop showing some of the cut-aways in the venue because the suddenly loud screams were probably startling performers. And there was just as much noise outside; over 5,000 people gathered in L.A. Live to try and catch a glimpse of the K-Pop boy band.


– When the crowd figured out during the commercial break that BTS was next to perform, well… here’s what it looked and sounded like…

– Some of my personal favorite performances: Demi Lovato, Niall Horan, Shawn Mendes and Portugal. The Man. Demi sang to a track for the chorus of “Sorry Not Sorry” but had no backing vocals on the verses, which she slayed.


– Final fun fact: In order to get everyone in their seats so the place looks full when the broadcast begins, the venue shut down concessions 15 minutes prior to the show’s start. As soon as the AMAs went live on ABC, the alcohol began flowing again… or at least, that’s what a well-placed source told me.

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Life & Style Weekly reports that Beyonce’s ex-boyfriend is speaking out about how he actually cheated on Queen Bey! Senior News Editor Jordi Lippe also chatted about Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth splitting and how P!nk celebrated her 34th birthday on “The Ralphie Show.”

This song totally could’ve ended up on Some Nights in my honest, non-expert opinion. The music video for this track just dropped a few weeks ago. It’s the third single from P!nk’s The Truth About Love.

Best wishes to the mother of one as she vacations following the release of her number one album, The Truth About Love. Here’s the second single from the LP.

Amazing. Off of P!nk’s latest album, The Truth About Love.

She’s baaaaaaaaaackkkkk! P!nk’s new album, The Truth About Love, comes out September 18. BTW, audio is NSFW.

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Life & Style Weekly reports in the magazine’s latest edition on P!nk’s new baby girl with husband Corey Hart. Senior News Editor Jordi Lippe also chatted about “Idol” finalist Paul McDonald’s engagement to “Twilight” star Nikki Reed and why Taylor Swift wants to make music with Bruno Mars on “The Ralphie Radio Show.”

Here’s a quick synopsis: Pink and Max Martin write the track and gave it to Adam Lambert. He records and releases it, massive hit. Pink decides she will also record it and release it on the overseas version of her Greatest Hits album. Someone takes the versions and mash it in to a duet-type track, which you heard on the show last night.

Maroon 5, here’s your “call and response.” Owl City – sleep on this. VV Brown knows what she’s in for on her upcoming trek with both acts.

“I’ve heard that (the guys in Maroon 5) are pranksters,” noted Brown, who kicks off her slate of dates with the band on August 5. “Well, I’m a prankster,” she warned, half in jest.

While the fellas of M5 are chill, laid back, and relatively social – I warned VV when she stopped by “The Ralphie Radio Show” on Wednesday that Owl City’s Adam Young is the exact 180 – shy and introverted from all reports I’ve heard.

“Oh no, I can charm a lion,” she responded, dismissing my claim. “I think sometimes, people just need to be understood. I’ll try and understand him.”

I wished her the best of luck with that task.


Part 1: Touring, Trickers, Big Bird

Part 2: “Shark in the Water”, Lost Guitar



“(Young) is probably sick of people kissing his butt all the time, and he just needs someone real to just tell him how it is,” continued Brown. “I always keep it real.”

The UK singer isn’t joking with that claim – all of her vocals from Traveling Like the Light are the demo versions – no retouching, no auto-tune, no thirty takes of one note. But just because she’s real, doesn’t mean she isn’t awkward, at times.

“I’m the kind of person that talks about inappropriate things at the wrong time,” admitted the artist, before offering up an example. “Just talking about poo around the dinner table… I’m very honest as well.”

If I could only be a fly inside the catering tent for this tour.

V.V. Brown called in to “The Ralphie Radio Show” to chat about her single, “Shark In The Water.”

Part 1: “Shark In The Water”, Fearing Big Bird


Part 2: Touring with Pink