Ella Mai caught up with Billboard’s Tetris Kelly on the red carpet at the 2019 American Music Awards on Sunday, chatting about how she ended up collaborating with Usher, what fans can expect from her new album, and what it was like to join Ariana Grande on tour.
Asked how she ended up joining forces with Usher on their new track “Don’t Waste My Time,” Mai tells Billboard, “Listen, I'm still trying to take it in…It was amazing. I was on tour when they reached out…they wanted me to get in the studio….I was like…can we wait until I'm back? And the day after I got back from tour, I went into the studio with him.
“It was great energy,” she adds. “He was super excited. It made no sense because he was super excited for me to be there. And I'm like, 'You know you're Usher, right? Why are you excited for me to be here?' I love the song….The producers, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox -- it's like people I grew up with. It’s insane. I’m so excited.”