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Billboard Awards Preview: Chris Daughtry

Chris Daughtry is still going strong with his debut album, Daughtry, which is rocking the Billboard charts in the No. 2 spot. Needless to say, we were thrilled to sit down with him before the FOX Billboard Music Awards, which air tonight live from Vegas.

Chris was laid-back and charming, nursing his Monday morning coffee and telling us about his stay in Vegas in his soft Southern drawl. Tonight he'll be presenting the award for Male Country Artist of the Year; he's rooting for Tim McGraw because he wants to hand him the award. He was also excited to see Boyz II Men, saying they were an early influence on him before he discovered rock.

Of his rock-oriented debut, Chris told us: "I didn't want to be a solo artist. I didn't want to have the typical album coming out of American Idol." For his band name, he simply went with his last name, a la Bon Jovi. Early next year, he'll be kicking off a national tour in support of the album, but until then, he just wants to be home for the holidays and spend some quiet nights at home playing Scattergories. Sounds great to us - check Chris out tonight on FOX at 8/7c!

isabellemybelle isabellemybelle 10 years
Agree Mar. He is defintely an original. Good ole Southern boy too ;)
mar mar 10 years
love him. I think he one of the AI contestants that truly did not need to be the winner. It is clear that he, Carrie and Kelly were the best ones- period.
JennaV JennaV 10 years
He is WAAAAAY overrated. He sounds like the Scott Stapp from Creed.....not a compliment.
paigesweetkisses paigesweetkisses 10 years
omg, me too! its my favorite
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
I'm glad good things are coming for him. I like him a lot.
isabellemybelle isabellemybelle 10 years
Girl, me too! Isn't it fabo? :) I really like the one with Slash. It rocks!
paigesweetkisses paigesweetkisses 10 years
isabelle, i have two copies! I got them the day it was released!
isabellemybelle isabellemybelle 10 years
You guys MUST GO BUY HIS ALBUM - It is AMAZING!!!!!!! Thank you Pop, for being such a positive supporter of Chris and his band! :)
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
Dude is S E X Y* and he rocks!
paigesweetkisses paigesweetkisses 10 years
he's sexy! I love him & my boyfriend is a huge fan of his music
vmruby vmruby 10 years
I agree Jen76.............
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
He should have made it further in the comp. should have been in the finals!!
yayita yayita 10 years
Im happy for him
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
He's such a cutie!!
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