Live Broadcast Sunday, May 22 at 8pm ET on ABC
“The Billboard Music Awards is one of best award shows to honor chart success. My great friend Ludacris and I have also shared songs together on the Billboard chart,” said Ciara. “I look forward to sharing the stage with him on this special night. It will definitely be a night to remember!”
"It is my honor to host the Billboard Music Awards for the 3rd year and a pleasure to host with my good friend Ciara,” said Ludacris. “I’m looking forward to another great show in a new and exciting venue."
Superstar performers at at this year’s Billboard Awards include:
Ariana Grande, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stafani, Meghan Trainer, Justin Bieber, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Pink, Shawn Mendes and more
• Madonna to Honor Prince
• Legendary Music Superstar Celine Dion to receive Icon Award
Jessica Alba, Kristen Bell, Miss America 2016, Betty Cantrell, Lauren Cohan, Kathryn Hahn, Wiz Khalifa, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kuther, Idina Menzel, Keke Palmer, Rebecca Romijn, Serayah, Steven Tyler, Lindsey Vonn, and Pete Wentz
Key awards finalists include:
• The Weeknd Leads This Year with Nods in 16 Categories,
• Justin Bieber follows as a Finalist in 11 Categories,
• Drake and Fetty Wap Tie with Nods in 10 Categories Each
2016 Top Artist Finalists include:
Adele, Justin Bieber, Drake, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd
Billboard and dick clark productions and ABC will broadcast the “2016 Billboard Music Awards” LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on ABC. For the first time in Billboard Music Awards history, viewers on the West Coast will watch the show live along with fellow fans on the East Coast.
Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of tracking dates March 23, 2015 through March 17, 2016 and Billboard chart dates April 11, 2015 through April 2, 2016. Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of a musician’s success.