With the 2013 Billboard Music Awards rapidly approaching, we caught up with BBMA performers The Band Perry to help recount the incredible high points, new discoveries and memorable moments that caught their ears during the past 12 months.
The Tennessee group's 2012 single "Better Dig Two" from their recently released sophomore album "Pioneer" is currently ranked at No. 28 on the Hot 100 with potential to climb higher.
Watch the 2013 Billboard Music Awards Sunday, May 19th at 8|7c on ABC live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas as host Tracy Morgan welcomes the biggest names in music to the stage.
What song really made an impact on you this year?
Kimberly Perry: We really love the song “Stay” by Rihanna and Mikky Ekko. I remember watching them perform it for the first time. Man, it was just so emotional. Rihanna was kind of shaking when she performed the song. I immediately downloaded it off iTunes following that, and now it’s on repeat on the tour bus. And I also love it because Mikky is a writer in Nashville and it’s cool seeing a Nashville representative on pop radio.
What new talent emerged or came into his or her own this year that blew you away?
Reid Perry: For all three of us it was the band fun. We love the fact that they’re bringing back the band culture. I felt rock’n’roll was kind of on the back burner, and they’re doing a great job bringing back that type of music.
What was your favorite music-related meme or viral video this year?
Kimberly Perry: We all got into the “Gangnam Style” party vibe. We all watched it together at the same time and immediately tried to figure out the dance.
Neil Perry: We played in Europe with Brad Paisley and at the last show, when the last song went up, we did the “Gangnam Style” dance.
Kimberly Perry: And the crowd started doing it too. It almost became this universal language in one song. I had no idea what the song is saying really. The dance says it all.
Was there a surprising sound or music trend that pricked up your ears?
Kimberly Perry: British EDM is definitely one. Getting to go over and play in Europe, we’ve been introduced to a lot of new sounds, like Ellie Goulding. Emeli Sandé is another one. That sound has really been opened up to us.
What music trend hurts your ears?
Kimberly Perry: We’ve got everything from country to Skrillex on our iPods. When the music’s turned off, that hurts our ears.
How do you live like a high roller when you’re in Las Vegas?
Kimberly Perry: Shopping, because every store I’m obsessed with is in like two square miles of each other and that can be really dangerous.
Neil Perry: Every time we go to Vegas, my brother Reid and I are like professional shopping bag carriers.