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I’ll never forget the second time I met Zendaya. It was in the press room after the 2013 American Music Awards. I had already chatted with Ariana Grande and was waiting for an influx of other big names: One Direction, Taylor Swift and Rihanna to name a few.

The fellas of 1D headed straight to Jimmy Kimmel’s cameras where they taped a skit with Kimmel’s sidekick/security guard Guillermo. I had chatted earlier in the night with both Harry Styles and Niall Horan, so I wasn’t expecting them to stop by again. Rihanna, who Bill Maher presented with the first ever “Icon Award” that evening, walked in to the photo area. Swift was the show’s big winner; she made the rounds before giving me a few minutes of her time.
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Towards the end of the night, as Rihanna was heading out of the press room flanked by her entourage and security detail, a then-17 year-old Zendaya was walking in the opposite direction.

The teenager, nee Zendaya Coleman, can recollect what happened next “vividly.”

“(Rihanna) stopped. She gave me a hug and she was like, ‘I love you girl,” an enthusiastic Zendaya recalled when I brought this up to her recently. “She was so positive, so nice.

“It’s so cool for people like her, who obviously are…incredibly successful, empowering women, and on top of that she just stopped to say hi to me. She didn’t have to do that!”

The kindness and humility shown by the “Diamonds” singer certainly left an impression on Zendaya that she now strives to pay forward.

“My thing is, no one will ever catch me not being nice to people,” Zendaya explained. “I don’t ever want somebody not to have a good taste in their mouth about when they met Zendaya or how they felt when they met me.

“I like for people to leave me feeling positive.”

Day 2 of the broadcast Backstage at The 58th GRAMMYs is always more hectic but also a lot of fun: you’re set up, in a groove and a lot of artists are coming by – usually more so than the previous day. It was great meeting ‘Idol’ winner Nick Fradiani, BØRNS and actress/singer Hailee Steinfeld. I also loved catching up with our bud Alessia Cara and seeing Zendaya for the first time in a minute.






Last month at the American Music Awards, Rihanna received the inaugural Icon Award for her impressive resume. The Barbados-born star has sold over 10 million albums in the US alone, and she is a mere 25 years old. Rihanna is both the youngest and quickest singer to achieve 13 number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

During the award show, you saw Bill Mahar present RiRi with the honor and Jay Z speak highly of the artist he signed when she was a teenager. Justin Timberlake also decided send props Rihanna’s way during his acceptance speech for one of the three AMAs he took home.

What you didn’t see on the broadcast was Rihanna paying the support forward to the next generation, just as the aforementioned celebrities had. The “Umbrella” singer entered the press room after the AMAs for her victory lap. As Rihanna exited she spotted 17 year-old Zendaya Coleman. Zendaya is simply known by her first name; another product of Disney (“Shake It Up”) who competed on “Dancing With The Stars” and released a self-titled album. Her lead single, “Replay,” is currently played on radio stations across the country.

Amidst the madness of entourages and media members and security guards, Rihanna halted the procession to say hello to Zendaya and let the “Replay” singer know that she has a very famous fan.

“(Rihanna) was just so sweet and so kind,” a clearly star-struck Zendaya told “The Ralphie Show” after the encounter. “That was so cool to see, you know what I mean? You see a superstar like that and you’re just like… you just want to meet them yunno? To see that she was such a kind, sweet person – that was really cool.”

Rihanna remarked about how tall Zendaya is (5’10”) and called her, “awesome.”

“She met my parents! My parents met Rihanna!” Zendaya continued. It was clearly all hitting her at once. “(My parents) love her.”

At least for one night, Rihanna was kid tested and mother approved.

“The Ralphie Show” was live all weekend from backstage at the 2013 American Music Awards and spoke with celebrities from music and TV.