Wayne Brady did not hesitate when requested to host this 12 months’s American Music Awards. “It is type of apparent,” he tells me days earlier than the massive present, which airs dwell on ABC on Sunday, November 20. it is not the violin. You do not take the time and you do not scratch your head. You say, ‘Yeah, thanks, when is it, the place’s my tuxedo?’ »
What are you gonna put on?
I do not know but however I wish to make an announcement. I do not know if I will placed on my Björk and put on a swan outfit, however both method, I believe I will rock it and rise to the event.
There’s nonetheless Woman Gaga’s meat costume.
Sure, however I’ll return it. It is going to be a barbecue and it will likely be cooked.
Massive nominees this 12 months embody Unhealthy Bunny, Beyoncé, Drake, Taylor Swift, Adele, Harry Types and The Weeknd. In the event you may have dinner with certainly one of them tonight, who would it not be?
Beyonce. Will Jay be there? The place is Blue Ivy? Put them within the different room as a result of I simply must concentrate on being with Beyoncé. If not her, then Drake.
In the event you may open the AMAs with a efficiency with Beyoncé, what tune would it not be?
I want to do a canopy of his cowl of “I might Slightly Go Blind” by Etta James.
How would your pitch go?
Hey, Beyoncé, it is Wayne. I met you a few years in the past if you had been on my discuss present, and I do know your mother – she had a terrific line of denims. I really like your rendition of “I might Slightly Be Blind,” and I am about to hit the stage in about 10 minutes. I believe you, myself and [bandleader] Adam Blackstone, we needs to be engaged on a model of the tune. You are taking the primary verse, after all, after which I step in. We’ll sing an exquisite two-part concord…however then we’ll freak out. I will begin beatboxing.
Are you a Swiftie?
I am not a Swiftie however I am a fan. Being Swiftie would imply I might rock laborious together with her, however I haven’t got time to hearken to every thing. I’ve heard most of his music that is been on the radio, and I’ve to say Taylor Swift will go down within the books as one of many biggest.
Lionel Richie receives the Icon Award this 12 months. I will get very private right here. I am homosexual however once I misplaced my straight virginity we had been listening to “Ballerina Woman”.
[Laughs]. There’s a lot on this sentence. I like this! But it surely was time for Lionel. He ought to have received the Icon Award years in the past. He is a worldwide celebrity.
What was the primary live performance you went to?
I used to be 19 and dealing at Common Studios in Orlando, Florida. I labored as Dracula within the “Beetlejuice” collection. So that they had been doing a summer time live performance schedule there and C&C Music Manufacturing facility, Crystal Waters and one other band like that that I neglect now, they got here to play Common. I am wearing my full Dracula costume sitting within the again. I went to the dance ground dressed as Dracula. Possibly they only thought I used to be that loopy child from the membership.
If you host a present just like the AMAs, do you assume that is your path to internet hosting the Oscars?
I assume it could possibly be there however that is not an intention I set myself. It wasn’t even in my eyes. I am simply gonna go knock it out of the park. Have enjoyable with it and what, if by likelihood somebody thinks, “Wayne Brady is my man”, then I am prepared. As James Brown stated, “In the event you keep ready, you do not have to organize.” I can host the Oscars tomorrow and that is a reality. They simply do not know it.