What: 2013 Billboard Music Awards
Date and Time: Sunday, May 19, 8pm ET (Live)
Madonna will be honored with the Top Touring Artist Award when the 2013 Billboard Music Awards air live from Las Vegas Sunday, May 19, at 8pm ET on ABC. Madonna will be honored for her 2012 MDNA tour, which has grossed over $305 million from 88 sold-out shows before global audiences of 2.2 million. (Madonna was also named Billboard’s Top Money Maker of 2012.)
But there will be plenty of other awards given out, and performances to enjoy, in this event hosted by Tracy Morgan. Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Prince, Bruno Mars, Miguel, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Ed Sheeran, David Guetta, Ne-Yo, Akon, Icona Pop, Pitbull, Christina Aguilera, Selena Gomez, The Band Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kacey Musgraves have been announced as performers at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. Prince will also be honored at the ceremony with the Billboard Icon Award, highlighting his unique journey and history of groundbreaking accomplishments in the music industry.
2013 Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online music destinations. Billboard says it tracks these measurements year-round with its partners, such as Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound. The 2013 Billboard Music Awards are based on the reporting period of March 12, 2012, through March 10, 2013.
Finalists in various categories include the likes of Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, One Direction, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, fun., Carly Rae Jepsen, Adele, Mumford & Sons, Coldplay, The Lumineers, Jason Aldean, Drake, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj and many more.
Taylor Swift, fun. and Maroon 5 tied for the lead as contenders in 11 award categories, followed by Rihanna (10), Carly Rae Jepsen (9) and One Direction (8).
New this year is the Milestone Award, which will be given to the hitmaker who has had the most success on the Billboard charts in the past year. The three finalists are Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars.
Presenters at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards will include: Cee-Lo Green, Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Kelly Rowland, Hayden Panettiere, Kid Rock, Chloe Grace Moretz, Miley Cyrus, Ke$ha, Carly Rae Jepsen, Alyssa Milano, Jenny McCarthy, Emmy Rossum, Stana Katic, Gabriel Mann, Jennifer Nettles, PSY, Sky Blu, Jennifer Morrison, Florida Georgia Line, Wiz Khalifa, Alanis Morisette and more.
The 2013 Billboard Music Awards air May 19 live at 8pm ET on ABC.
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