With the 2014 Billboard Music Awards rapidly approaching, we caught up with Dan Reynolds of BBMA finalists Imagine Dragons to help recount the incredible high points, new discoveries and memorable moments that caught his ears during the past 12 months.
Imagine Dragons, who along with Lorde lead the pack of artists who are finalists in the most 2014 Billboard Music Awards categories, are in contention for a whopping 12 BBMAs, including top artist, top duo/group, top rock artist and top rock album. The quartet burned up the charts in 2013 with its album “Night Visions” and its many hit singles, including “Radioactive,” which broke the record for the most weeks ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Watch the 2014 Billboard Music Awards Sunday, May 18 at 8|7c on ABC live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas as host Ludacris welcomes the biggest names in music to the stage.
What was the highlight of the past year for you?
Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds: We’ve experienced so many crazy things this last year, it’s hard to say. Probably playing Lollapalooza in Brazil.
What song from the past year do you wish you wrote?
“Strong” by London Grammar. It’s been on repeat this last year – a really special song.
Was there a song you couldn’t get out of your head (even if you tried)?
“Two Fingers” by Jake Bugg.
Who was your favorite new or emerging artist?
London Grammar. Her voice is incredible, and they have such a smart, minimalist approach to their music. We played with them at the iTunes Festival this year and they are great people too.
Which artist that staged a comeback or finally get some overdue recognition really caught your attention?
Future Islands finally getting some real love.
What was your favorite music-related meme or viral video?
“My name is John Daker.” You have to watch it to understand, but it’s basically one of those magical moments in history that just happened to be recorded on video.
Any trend you were unhappy to see or hear?
Twerking, talking about twerking, or — worst of all — selfies of people twerking.
What are your favorite things to do in Vegas — high-roller or trashy (or both)?
Kiss-themed glow-in-the-dark mini-golf — it’s the best-kept secret in Vegas, a little high roller and a lot trashy.
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