Billboard and dick clark productions have announced that international superstar Pitbull and award winning multi-platinum artist Chris Brown will perform their hit song “Fun” at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. Fifth Harmony will also take to the stage to perform a special version of their chart-climbing song “Worth It”.
These stars join previously announced musical performers Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Imagine Dragons, Hozier, Nick Jonas, Tori Kelly, Ed Sheeran, Van Halen, Kanye West along with special duet performance by “Empire” recording artists Jussie Smollett and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray with Estelle, Fall Out Boy featuring Wiz Khalifa, Little Big Town and Faith Hill, Nicki Minaj and David Guetta, Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea, Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend, and Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth and Lindsey Stirling. The show will also include a special moment with Molly Ringwald introducing Simple Minds who will pay tribute to the 30th anniversary of The Breakfast Club with their iconic song “Don’t You (Forget About Me). The 2015 Billboard Music Awards will be hosted by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen and broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 17th on ABC from 8 PM–11 PM ET.
Billboard Music Award winner Pitbull has earned 10 top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including the No. 1s “Timber” and “Give Me Everything.” He has sold 41 million song downloads in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music, and 13 of his songs have moved more than a million copies. The rapper made his debut on Billboard’s charts in 2004 and has consistently straddled various genre charts — from pop and Latin to rhythmic and dance.
Four-time Billboard Music Award winner Chris Brown has charted a whopping 66 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, including 13 top 10 hits. Among those smashes are his No. 1s “Run It!” and “Kiss Kiss,” as well as top 10 tracks like “Loyal” and “Don’t Wake Me Up.” Brown, who is a finalist in three categories at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, has also achieved seven top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart (including two No. 1s) and 34 top 10 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Fifth Harmony is currently surging with its biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit, “Worth It” (featuring Kid Ink), which bullets at No. 21 on the chart dated May 23. It’s the group’s second top 40 hit on the survey: “Sledgehammer” (co-written by fellow Billboard Music Awards performer Meghan Trainor) rose to No. 40 in January. On the Billboard 200 albums chart, Fifth Harmony has tallied two top 10 hits: its 2013 EP Better Together, which debuted and peaked at No. 6, and Reflection (No. 5 this February).
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 March 10, 2014 through March 8, 2015. 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.
Tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster.com. Fans can also choose from multiple VIP premium ticket packages which include limited edition Billboard Music Awards merchandise, an invitation to the official Billboard Music Awards post-party and so much more! VIP premium ticket packages are available online.
Fan voting for the 2015 Billboard Chart Achievement Award presented by Samsung will continue through the first hour of the awards show, ending at 9pm ET. To vote for finalists Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea or Meghan Trainor go to BillboardMusicAwards.com/vote or the @OfficialBBMAs Twitter account. The special editorial award will be given to an innovative artist who has accomplished an outstanding and rare achievement on the Billboard music charts over the past year.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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