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Imagine Dragons performed at the American Music Awards and then The Grammys. Both performances were well-received. Both performances were complimented with awards won that evening. Also, both performances were enjoyed by one Taylor Swift, who was seen on camera front and center rocking out to the band’s sounds.


“We’ve played a couple of events before with Taylor and, you know, she always was an enthusiastic supporter of us,” bassist Ben McKee told “The Ralphie Show.”


“Anytime we look out and see Taylor Swift dancing, we’re pretty sure we’re doing something right,” added drummer Daniel Platzman. The band member also confirmed that when they’re on stage, Swift’s unmistakable silhouette dancing in the front row is pretty much impossible to miss.


“She was getting down. I think that’s cool,” lead singer Dan Reynolds chimed in. “I think people should express themselves, and I feel like more and more, hopefully in society, people are OK with letting others express themselves however they want.”


Reynolds also offered Swift props for not being too cool to enjoy herself among celebrities and a national television audience.


“To me, the less cool thing to do is to try and act a certain way,” he said.


Reynolds and his band know a thing or two about cool. Imagine Dragons only has one album out, but “Night Visions” is almost double platinum in the U.S. alone, spawning three big hits in the process. In addition to other artists in the crowd enjoying themselves, the Las Vegas-based quartet has gained notoriety for an artist that collaborates with them on stage: rapper Kendrick Lamar. But despite the acts seamlessly mashing up “Radioactive” and Lamar’s “m.A.A.d city,” don’t expect any features on the band’s next LP.


“We’re really not even thinking fully what we’re going to do with the second album,” Reynolds revealed. “We’ve just been writing without thought.”


NE-YO PREPS NEW LP


Ne-Yo is back in the lab, working on his sixth studio album. The LP will be the follow-up to 2012’s “R.E.D.” and, according to the singer, is slated to be released mid-year.


“I had to take it home this album,” the singer, nee Shaffer Smith, said to “The Ralphie Show” of the project. “I had to get back to my R&B roots on this one. That’s not to say that I have completely abandoned dance music. I have a love and a passion for it, but I gotta go home for a second.”


The singer/songwriter describes the album as “predominately R&B,” but not completely. Ne-Yo told us there will “more than likely” be at least one dance track on the LP.


“I don’t know,” he responded when asked who he might collaborate with for that track. “I got a few favors I can call in, so I’m going to just get on the phone and see who answers.”


Last year’s top grossing DJ might be on the other end of the line. Calvin Harris broke on to pop radio with the help of Rihanna’s “We Found Love” and the Ne-Yo assisted “Let’s Go.” The two certainly have the talent to create another hit record. But while Harris moved into Ne-Yo’s world of producing, the “Let Me Love You” singer segued in to Harris’ world of nightclubs. Ne-Yo just commenced a DJ residency in Las Vegas at Surrender and Encore, two of Sin City’s hottest spots.


-Listen to “The Ralphie Show” weeknights from 7 p.m.-midnight on 97 BHT.


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