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As Derulo preps for his upcoming r&b mixtape, the singer will also be gearing up for one of the biggest music events of the year. Jason has officially been tapped to host the iHeartRadio Music Awards.

iHeartRadio explained via Twitter with the addition of Derulo, the April 3 show just keeps on “getting better.”

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“I have a little bit of nerves,” the 26-year-old told PEOPLE. “It’s something new, it’s something a little different. I’ve co-hosted some award shows overseas before, but never hosted on my own, so that’s brand new.”

Jason has a huge year ahead of him, from hosting iHeart to releasing new music, we are excited for what 2016 will bring the pop star. In fact, during a recent interview with Derulo, the singer revealed he’s “happier than I’ve ever been.”

The Florida native is working on two albums, has a new girlfriend, Daphne Joy and even has a new shoe line in the works. “The shoe line is called Level 13. I just finished the whole deal, it’s taken about a year to get it all in line. Finally, we are starting to move things into production,” he told us.

Congrats to Jason.


Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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