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A number of familiar faces stopped by day one of our backstage broadcast from the American Music Awards in downtown Los Angeles. We caught up with Kelly Clarkson, Julia Michaels, Walk The Moon and many more artists – watch and listen below.

Kelly Clarkson is going on tour this summer. She insists that the concert is “a big show, vocally.” And thanks to piece of information that Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler gave her about nine years ago, she also insists that performing on back-to-back nights is not her cup of tea.

“I remember when I first started out, my agents would be like, ‘Well this artist does four in a row!’” Clarkson recalled during an interview on “Ralphie Tonight.” The “Heartbeat Song” singer would reply with, “’Well, they’re dancing! So that’s real different, and that’s great for them. But I can’t do that.’”

Then one night, her and Tyler were conversing over the rigors of singing on the road, with Clarkson admitting that she was finding the schedule difficult on her voice.

“’Oh girl, I do to,’” Tyler told Clarkson. “’I only do one show, then one day off,’” the rocker continued.

That was the moment when the singer realized that she could exercise a little more control over her own schedule. But Clarkson went out of her way to note that her reasoning for the tour’s pacing has more to do with the fans than it does her or her newly expanded family.

“Vocally I have a very demanding show, so I don’t normally love to do back-to-back (dates),” she said. “I want to give (the audience) the best of me each show.”

Joining Clarkson on her 32 city North American trek will be acapella group Pentatonix and singer/songwriter Eric Hutchinson. The tour opens nearby on July 11 in Hershey. Clarkson will close out the dates nearby as well, with a September 20 show in Camden, N.J.

The concerts are in support of Clarkson’s sixth studio album Piece By Piece, which debuted atop the Billboard 200 earlier this month. After releasing a holiday LP in 2013, the former “American Idol” winner contemplated releasing separate pop and country albums last year.

“Well, I was creating life in 2014,” explained Clarkson of why the music had to wait. Understandably things were put on hold as she and husband Brandon Blackstock welcomed daughter River Rose in to the world. “But I did make both, and I’m still working on the (country) one.”

Clarkson also revealed that she is working on a pop/R&B album based off of covers she has done on tour with her band. Both projects contrast the uptempo and modern sound of Clarkson’s latest release; a sound that certainly was better suited for a sooner-rather-than-later release.

“We had this really great pop project kind of just sitting here waiting and I was definitely ready to just get it out.”

And judging by the sales figures, Clarkson’s fans were more than ready to support it.

The accolades continue to roll in for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, as the duo lead all artists with six American Music Awards nominations. The nods were revealed Thursday morning during a segment on “Good Morning America” and later in a press conference at nearby B.B. King’s in Times Square.

In addition to the top prize of Artist of the Year, the Seattle-based tandem will be up for Kohl’s Best New Artist, newly created Single of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Band, and Best Artist and Album in the Rap/Hip-Hop category.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will have their work cut out for them when it comes to the biggest award of the evening. Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, and Justin Timberlake also received nominations for Artist of the Year. Timberlake looks to be the clear front-runner, having dropped two number one albums this year. But, the vote is fan-based, and is live now at For the first time in the show’s history, Twitter will also be used in the vote tallying process.

If it’s any consolation to the “Thrift Shop” artists, there’s at least one person who thinks they can take home the big award. The support though comes from an unlikely source: former N’Sync member Lance Bass.

“Macklemore and Ryan Lewis really just had such a stellar year,” Bass told me after the press conference. For the fourth consecutive year he will co-host the Coca Cola Red Carpet broadcast prior to the show. “I think it’s going to have to go to them.”

Bass still insists that Timberlake, who he referred to as “his boy,” will be sure to stop and chat with him on the red carpet prior to the AMAs. The award show will broadcast live on ABC, Sunday November 24 at 8 pm, from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre.

Also on Thursday, the first two performers were revealed: Miley Cyrus and Imagine Dragons. The latter is up for Best New Artist and the former made plenty of headlines the last time she performed on an award show.

“I don’t ever have talks with people about what they can’t do,” insisted AMAs producer Larry Klein. “We have creative talks to discuss what they want to do, and how they want to be presented. It’s very seldom that I ever say to somebody, ‘You cannot do this.’”

Given her recent live TV history, if there is one person in music that would warrant that seldom-used warning, it might be Cyrus.

Swift and Timberake tied for second on the nominations list with five apiece. The American Music Awards are produced by dick clark productions. Cumulus Media Networks is the show’s official radio partner.

After a rousing medley of her greatest hits last year, Kelly Clarkson revealed to “The Ralphie Show” that producers of the “American Music Awards” have asked her back to perform this year.

“I want to perform,” Clarkson said. “We’re trying to figure out what we’re going to do because I’m dropping a Christmas album so we’re just trying to figure out how that’s going to work out.”

The “Idol” winner’s first ever holiday LP, Wrapped In Red, hit shelves October 29. The AMAs take place November 24.

“I don’t know what we’re going to end up doing,” Clarkson added. “I should be there doing something so, we’re figuring that out this week.”

The “Miss Independent” singer is working on plotting a number of different events on personal and professional levels, from pending nuptials with fiancé Brandon Blackstock to the possible release of two more albums next year.

“We have almost a full pop album, and then also we have a ton of country stuff for the country album as well,” Clarkson explained. “We’re trying to figure out a game plan for that because there’s a lot going on.”

That might be a bit of an understatement. Clarkson is also still looking to collaborate with someone for the pop album; she already has the song and needs a partner to complete the duet. I suggested Miguel, who Clarkson heaped high praise on last year at The GRAMMYS. The “Adorn” star told me in May that he would love to hop in the studio with her.

“He has that kind of voice that can sing anything,” Clarkson said regarding the possibility of linking with Miguel. “My label loved me. I didn’t realize he was on my label!”

The fact that the two share a home in RCA Records could make the duet even more of a possibility. The only “pop” act that the singer has ever worked with is fellow “Idol” alum Chris Daughtry. Besides him, Clarkson has only shared a song with country acts, including her fiance’s stepmom on the new Christmas LP.

“There’s so many cool moments on (the album) but I will say, recording in the studio with Reba (McEntire) and Trisha Yearwood for ‘Silent Night,’ Clarkson responded when asked about the song she enjoyed the most from the forthcoming album. “That was pretty fricken cool. That was a total dream come true from my youth.”

In an interview taped after Miguel finished his rehearsal for the now-infamous Billboard Music Awards performance of “Adorn,” the crooner may have inadvertently previewed the reason he’d become a viral-sensation.

“I think the point is to kind of make an impact,” Miguel said of his mindset when he conceptualizes an award-show performance. “Whether it’s on tour, or it’s for a live performance, it’s almost like, ‘What can we do that we haven’t seen before?’ Or something interesting, or if it’s gonna make people think, or kind of wake them up, yunno? And make an impact, that’s our biggest goal.”

Literally and figuratively, the singer made an impact when he attempted to leap over a pit of fans and land on another platform of the stage. Miguel’s timing was a bit off, and he instead landed on a fan. No one was injured, although you could say he also checked off “wake them up” off the list.


Back in February, Miguel’s performance at The GRAMMYs made more of a figurative impact on Kelly Clarkson, who used her award acceptance speech to fawn of the R&B singer’s talents.

“I hope so, if she can find some time for me,” Miguel said of the prospects of a duet between him and the “Idol” winner. “It is just the hugest compliment. I’m looking forward to that time when we can get in the studio and hopefully create some great music.”

The “Lotus Flower Bomb” singer recently hopped in the studio with Mariah Carey for their collaboration, “#Beautiful.”

“Personally, (the collaboration) is life-changing,” he said. “Just working with Mariah Carey is a huge, huge honor. It was really tough; I’ll be honest with you. She can be very distracting, she’s a beautiful woman.”

Miguel hinted that it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that he would be on the final version of the song, saying that he was happy Carey “was keen on keeping me on the record.” He also credits “M.C.” with adding the pound sign in front of “Beautiful” on the title.

“For this song it was particularly fitting, only because the word that comes before beautiful (in the song) is an expletive that I can’t say,” he explained. “But pound happens to be the perfect symbol for the song. I’ll be honest with you, that was Mariah’s genius.”

Kelly Clarkson released Greatest Hits – Chapter One last November. “People Like Us” is the follow-up single to the hit “Catch My Breath.”

Kelly Clarkson has sold over 20 million albums and over 30 million singles worldwide. Yet back in November when she performed at the American Music Awards, it wasn’t one of her three number one hits that people were buzzing about during her medley, nor was it her handful of platinum singles. Rather, it seemed everyone in the “Twitterverse” and who approached Clarkson afterward just wanted to talk about the 2003 song, “Miss Independent.” And this wasn’t the first time this has happened – thus the reason a live rendition of the track is included on her Greatest Hits: Chapter 1 album.


“Isn’t that funny?” remarked Clarkson when it was brought up during a November interview on “The Ralphie Show.” The audio aired for its first time on Thursday. “Everybody that has been talking to me has been like, ‘Oh my God, I totally forgot about ‘Miss Independent.’ That was my jam in high school!’”

Of course then Clarkson is not-so-subtly reminded that the song was released almost 10 years ago. But the times are-a-changin’. Perhaps she is still “Miss self-sufficient,” but Clarkson will also soon be “Mrs. Brandon Blackstock,” as she and her manager’s son were engaged just a few days before Christmas.

Kelly’s iTunes Session EP drops a couple days after Christmas. I’d imagine she chose this song because as she mentioned on “The Ralphie Show,” she’ll be in a new home this Christmas, and for the first time in a while, not spending the holiday single. Clarkson and boyfriend Brandon Blackstock just moved in to a new house and got engaged in time for Christmas.

Kelly Clarkson recently told The Associated Press that the only pop artist that has ever said “yes” to collaborating with her is Chris Daughtry. When asked about this on “The Ralphie Show,” the singer revealed two of her failed attempts.


“Either Bruno Mars or Lil Wayne, I had different songs for both of them,” Clarkson said in an interview that aired Thursday night on 95.5 PLJ’s “The Ralphie Show.” “It was just kind of a cool, random thing.”

Clarkson has no hard feelings for either artist as both were in the midst of touring at the time. The original “Idol” winner admitted that the road schedule for pop music stars is the biggest reason why she hasn’t been able to link up with any.

“So I know a lot of people are busy,” she said. “But, everyone can’t be busy right?”

The singer has better luck linking up with country artists; she duets with Vince Gill on her new Greatest Hits: Chapter 1 album.

“When the (record) label brought (the idea of the compilation) up to me, I was like, ‘Seriously? I’m not over,’” Clarkson recalled. “Usually, like a ‘Greatest Hits’ would be like someone older that’s like, ‘And this is what we’re doing because we can’t do anything else.’”

Clarkson’s perspective on the project is what prompted the “Chapter 1” in the album title.

“The past decade is going to be so different from the next decade for me,” Clarkson also said. “Your 20’s are just so difficult, and like very much a roller coaster ride. There’s some awesome things in there, but there’s also some like, ‘Oh God, please let me get to my 30’s.’”

The artist won “American Idol” when she was 20, and spent the next 10 years selling over 25 million albums across the world. The success came with its downfalls: a relatively public feud with RCA Records head Clive Davis and an empty search for love. As the 30 year-old Clarkson looks ahead, both seem to be in the rear-view mirror. The singer is currently dating Brandon Blackstock, her manager’s son and Reba McEntire’s stepson.

“We have a new house together, so it’s our first Christmas together, like in the new house, and we’re pretty excited,” said Clarkson. “We’re trying to do some first Christmas traditions.”

As for a possible engagement, Clarkson told Ellen DeGeneres that she and Blackstock “were totally going to get married.” In hindsight, she admitted to me that the fleeting moment of gushing about her beau led to a bit of embarrassment.

“I had such a girl moment!” Clarkson said, also noting that she didn’t think that she would be talking about her personal life on the show. “It’s awesome to be the youngest in my family and everyone’s married with children, and I’m like the black sheep that travels the world alone.”

Anyone else feel old when they hear that Kelly Clarkson has a greatest hits album coming out? The 17 track compilation will be released on November 16 and features a new track called, “Catch My Breath.”