All Time Low, AJR & Surf Mesa Toast Billboard Music Awards Nods on Twitter Spaces Chat

All Time Low, Surf Mesa and AJR jumped on Billboard's Twitter Spaces on Friday (May 7) to discuss being 2021 Billboard Music Awards finalists.

All Time Low, AJR & Surf Mesa Toast Billboard Music Awards Nods on Twitter Spaces Chat

All Time Low, Surf Mesa and AJR jumped on Billboard’s Twitter Spaces on Friday (May 7) to discuss being 2021 Billboard Music Awards finalists.

All Time Low and AJR are both up for top rock song, with “Monsters,” featuring blackbear, and “Bang!,” respectively. AJR is also a finalist for top rock artist and top duo/group alongside rock heavyweights AC/DC, K-pop boy band BTS, country duo Dan + Shay and pop mainstays Maroon 5. Meanwhile, Surf Mesa has two nods in the dance/electronic fields: top dance/electronic artist and top dance/electronic song with “ily (i love you baby),” featuring Emilee.

All Time Low lead vocalist Alex Gaskarth and lead guitarist Jack Barakat chatted with Billboard News host Tetris Kelly first about what it was like connecting with blackbear on “Monsters,” which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock & Alternative Airplay chart.

“It’s absolutely mind-blowing,” Gaskarth said. “We’re humbled to be nominated with a bunch of amazing songs, a bunch of amazing artists. It’s very, very cool. After such a trying and strange year, to be recognized for something like this is really special. Working with Bear was very cool. We’ve sort of floated in the same universe, I guess, for a while, but we never really got the chance to work on anything together. … Bear heard the song and wanted to do a verse, and the product that we got back was that much better than a song that we already felt great about. And the experiment kind of paid off. I think we’ve been celebrating it ever since.”

Surf Mesa (real name Powell Aguirre) later entered the Twitter Spaces chat to talk about the story behind his hit “ily (i love you),” which reached No. 1 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, and how it made his dance music career take off.

“It’s for sure been a blessing, and what a year it’s been in the dance scene and music industry, really,” he told Kelly. “Everything that’s happened with this song, I don’t even know what to make of it. A year ago, I was a college student, I was living with five producers all making dance music, and I came across a sample of a talented singer named Emilee. And she was covering the chorus of ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,’ and I just downloaded the audio, I remixed it and just put it up on SoundCloud. It just kind of went from there.”

Last but not least, Adam, Jack and Ryan Met, the three brothers of AJR, hopped on to talk about being a finalist in three different categories: top rock artist, top duo/group and top rock song with “Bang!,” which broke into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and was a No. 1 hit on the Rock Digital Song Sales and Alternative Digital Song Sales tallies. Despite mimicking the bombastic horns in the song, the guys behind AJR said they’re not ones to toot their own horns.

“We are shocked and extremely happy,” Ryan said. “Growing up, we’re really not the kind of guys to get put up for any sort of award or trophy or win anything nonetheless. So we got the one, I remember our manager told us, and we were like, ‘Oh my God! We got one!’ And then he kind of kept going and we were like, ‘Wait, OK, who’s playing a prank on us?’ It was an incredible moment when we found that out.”

The 2021 Billboard Music Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on May 23 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.

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Everything We Know About Natti Natasha’s Pregnancy: A Timeline

From the time she got engaged to longtime manager Raphy Pina to her Mother's Day virtual concert, here's everything we know about Natti Natasha's pregnancy (so far).

Everything We Know About Natti Natasha’s Pregnancy: A Timeline

Natti Natasha will soon give birth to her first child, and to celebrate her first-ever Mother’s Day, the Dominican artist will present a special virtual concert for all her fans, especially those who are moms.

Natti, who’s engaged to her longtime manager and business mogul Raphy Pina of Pina Records, will perform 15 of her biggest hits, including “La Mejor Versión de Mi,” “Sin Pijama,” “Las Nenas” and her recent single “Ram Pam Pam.”

The spectacle will be conceptual, based on the four seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter, including different themes, outfits and songs that best fit the mood.

In addition, fans will be able to enjoy live behind-the-scenes footage from the filming.

Shot live from Miami’s Temple House, Natti’s Mother’s Day concert will air at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday via her official Facebook page.

To celebrate the soon-to-be mommy and her upcoming livestream, here’s a timeline with everything we know about Natti’s pregnancy (so far).

January 29, 2021: Officially Dating

Natti Natasha and Raphy Pina hinted that they were dating at the end of Pina Records’ new artist Fran Rozzano’s music video “Inedito.” Later that day, they officially announced their relationship via an Instagram Live video.

February 1, 2021: She said, yes!

The Dominican artist announced she was engaged to Raphy. Shouting it from the rooftops and flaunting her dazzling engagement ring, Natti expressed: “También quería gritarlo a los 4 vientos. I SAID YES!” Part of her latest single, “Antes Que Salga El Sol,” accompanies the photo/video.

February 18, 2021: Baby Announcement

Natti Natasha and Prince Royce took the stage to perform their new song “Antes Que Salga El Sol” at the 33rd annual Premio Lo Nuestro. Dressed in all white with flowers that crowned her long, black hair, Natti showed off her baby bump, announcing for the very first time that she was pregnant. That same night, she retweeted a People En Español cover story where she shared all the deets of her pregnancy.

April 2: Belly Love

At 32 weeks pregnant, Natti shared photos of her baby bump. “Thank you, God, I never lost faith,” she tweeted. In a previous interview with Billboard, the singer admitted that the thing she’s most going to miss about her pregnancy is her pregnant belly.

April 3, 2021: It’s a Girl!

The soon-to-be parents documented their gender reveal/baby shower during an Instagram Live. The couple celebrated with loved ones and close colleagues, including Daddy Yankee. After fun and games, a helicopter flew over the party, unleashing pink smoke and revealing that Natti Natasha’s first baby will be a girl.

April 6, 2021: Cover Baby

Natti and her belly are on the cover of Phoenix magazine, where she talked about her new music and bringing female empowerment to a male-dominated genre.

April 20, 2021: ‘Ram Pam Pam’

Celebrating her new single “Ram Pam Pam,” in collaboration with Becky G, Natti Natasha hit up her favorite place ever: The boat. There, she danced and sang her latest tune under the Miami skyline.

April 28, 2021: Making Memories

Natti gets a pregnancy casting mold of her belly to “have a beautiful memory of my biggest blessing.”

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