“Billboard” Music Awards Air Live from Vegas Sunday
(LAS VEGAS) — Star-studded collaborations are on tap for Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards, airing live on ABC from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Fans will see solo artists like Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars perform, of course, but they’ll also enjoy some musical collaborations during the telecast, which starts at 8 p.m. ET.
Justin Bieber is actually doing double duty Sunday night: he’ll sing his song “Take You” solo, and then team up with Will.i.am for their collaboration, “#thatpower.” Pitbull is also doing double duty: he’ll perform “Live It Up” with Jennifer Lopez, as well as “Feel This Moment” with Christina Aguilera and an unannounced “special guest.” We’re betting that special guest will be A-ha, the Norwegian ’80s pop group whose song “Take On Me” is sampled in “Feel This Moment.”
Other collaborations include David Guetta, Ne-Yo & Akon, who’ll perform the song “Play Hard,” and Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne, who’ll perform “High School.”
Solo performers on the show include Swift and Bruno Mars — debuting his new single “Treasure” — as well as Ed Sheeran, Selena Gomez, Chris Brown, Miguel, The Band Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Icona Pop and even music legend Prince, who will receive the Billboard Icon Award during the telecast.
Other stars who’ll appear on the show include Madonna, who’ll receive a special award for her top-grossing MDNA tour; and presenters Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Ke$ha, Carly Rae Jepsen, Miley Cyrus, PSY, Kid Rock, Cee Lo Green and Alanis Morissette.
As for the actual awards, Taylor, fun. and Maroon 5 are the leading nominees. Because there are so many different Billboard charts, it’s impossible to list who’s nominated in every single category, but Taylor, fun. and Maroon 5 are finalists in 11 different ones. Taylor and Maroon 5 also are both competing for the night’s big honor: Top Artist of the Year. The other nominees in that category are Rihanna, Justin Bieber and One Direction.
Speaking of Rihanna, she’s nominated in 10 different categories, while Carly Rae Jepsen’s represented in nine, thanks to the success of “Call Me Maybe.” One Direction is represented in eight categories.
Here are the nominees in a few of the biggest Billboard Music Awards categories:
Top 100 Song
“Somebody That I Used to Know”
“Call Me Maybe”
“One More Night”
Top Billboard 200 Album
Up All Night
Take Me Home
Mumford & Sons
Top New Artist
Carly Rae Jepsen
Top Pop Artist
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