By Ralphie Aversa | For Weekender

Ralphie Report: Rachel Platten’s 2016 has been a pretty good one

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Rachel Platten is nominated for ‘Favorite Female Artist – Adult Contemporary’ at this year’s AMAs.
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    Rachel Platten’s 2016 has brought her to many different places; one of the latest being Times Square where, along with Joe Jonas, she helped reveal some of the nominees for the 2016 American Music Awards.

    When it comes to the show’s biggest prize, “Artist Of The Year,” the “Fight Song” artist knows a thing or two about some of the potential winners. Platten is nominated with Adele and Meghan Trainor in the category for “Favorite Female Artist – Adult Contemporary” and even drew inspiration for her set list from one of the category’s nominees.

    “I cover his song on my tour,” she replied when I brought up Justin Bieber. She tackles the hit “Love Yourself” during her show.

    I then mentioned another artist in the category, Bieber’s fellow Canadian Drake.

    “I also tried to cover his song on my tour and realized that it wasn’t very good when I did it,” Platten deadpanned regarding the hit “One Dance.” “I wish I had figured it out.”

    Other artists up for the night’s top honor include Twenty One Pilots, Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Carrie Underwood and The Weeknd. The list of performers is already a who’s who of music stars: Lady Gaga, The Chainsmokers, Bruno Mars, James Bay, Fifth Harmony, Green Day and the aforementioned Twenty One Pilots have all been announced so far.

    Platten’s 2016 started on a huge note. “The Wildfire Tour” kicked off in February, a month after she dropped her major-label debut album. In addition to “Fight Song,” the LP also spawned the hit “Stand By You.”

    “I feel like all of my wildest dreams came true the past two years,” she told me. “It’s been so amazing. I worked for a long, long time to get here so I think 2016 will always hold a special place in my heart.”

    And the year is far from over; Platten wrapped up her tour in Florida on Saturday and will attend the AMAs, which air live at 8 p.m., Nov. 20 from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

    Well, she’s nominated. So of course she would attend, right?

    “No, I’m going to skip the whole thing,” she shot back when I asked. “Because, you know what I mean, why go? I’m kidding. I’m gonna go! Of course.”

    Nice to see that despite these hectic past two years, Platten’s sense of humor is still largely in place.

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    Rachel Platten is nominated for ‘Favorite Female Artist – Adult Contemporary’ at this year’s AMAs.
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