dick clark productions and Billboard have announced that Grammy Award-winning recording artist and actor Ludacris will host the 2014 Billboard Music Awards and Katy Perry will be performing her new smash hit “Birthday” for the first time on television during the event. The show will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18th on ABC at 8pm ET.
Ludacris will take to the Billboard stage while in the midst of filming his role in the highly anticipated Fast & Furious 7. The musician-turned-actor has received many of the music industry’s top accolades for his work, including Grammy Awards for “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” for the song “Yeah!” in 2005, “Best Rap Song” for “Money Maker,” and “Best Rap Album” for the album Release Therapy in 2007. He has also received twelve nominations from the BET Awards, winning two: “Viewer’s Choice” for “Yeah!” in 2004 and “Best Collaboration” for “Runaway Love” in 2007. He also earned five No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and 29 top 10 singles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. On the Billboard Hot 100, he’s earned 18 top 10 singles — the third-most of any hip-hop artist in history after Jay Z (21) and Lil Wayne (19). Ludacris’ upcoming album, Ludaversal, is due out this fall.
In addition to his heavily awarded music career, Ludacris is an esteemed actor, having appeared in the acclaimed indie drama Hustle & Flow, the smash hit Fast and the Furious sequels 2 Fast 2 Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6, and the 2006 Academy Award Best Picture Winner, Crash, which earned him the prestigious Screen Actors Guild and Critics’ Choice awards. He has also had a recurring role as “Darius Parker” in the long-running hit television series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
Three-time Billboard Music Award winner Katy Perry, who is a finalist in ten categories this year, including Top Artist and Top Hot 100 Song, will be performing via satellite from her Prismatic World Tour. The tour kicked off May 7th in Belfast, and continues with 17 dates in the United Kingdom. Second and third legs will take her through North America, Australia and New Zealand for a total of 107 shows this year, with more dates being planned for 2015.
In 2011 she was the Top Hot 100 Artist and the Top Digital Songs Artist. In 2012 she received the Spotlight Award, honoring her achievement as the first woman to earn five No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart from one album (Teenage Dream). Her new hit “Birthday” is currently in the Top 15 on the Billboard Pop Songs Chart.
Newly-revealed stars slated to present alongside Ludacris throughout the evening include Chrissy Teigen, Danica McKeller, Jack Antonoff, Josh Groban, Lucy Hale, Omar Epps, Phillip Phillips, Sarah Hyland, Shania Twain and The Bachelorette’s Andy Dorfman.
They join a lineup up of previously announced performers that includes 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande, Florida Georgia Line, Iggy Azalea, Imagine Dragons, Jason Derulo, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Katy Perry, Lorde, Luke Bryan, Miley Cyrus, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, OneRepublic, Pitbull, Ricky Martin, and Shakira, in addition to a Michael Jackson world premier experience.
The 2014 BBMAs air live from Las Vegas on May 18th on ABC at 8pm ET.
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