Adding to the previously announced, star-studded roster of talent performing at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, Pitbull, Christina Aguilera, Selena Gomez, The Band Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kacey Musgraves are also slated to grace the stage. This highly anticipated awards show, airing live from Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena SUNDAY, MAY 19 (8:00–11:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network, sponsored by Chevrolet, Las Vegas and Samsung GALAXY S 4, will deliver unforgettable performances including the already announced Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Miguel, Prince and Justin Bieber, as well as honor the biggest names in music. Additionally, Prince will receive the Billboard Icon Award, highlighting his unique journey and history of groundbreaking accomplishments in the music industry during the broadcast, which will be executive produced by Don Mischer. More musical acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. For Billboard Music Awards show updates, the full list of finalists and ticketing information, visit www.billboard.com.
Miami-native Pitbull, also known as Mr. Worldwide and Mr. 305, is a globally successful musician, performer, business entrepreneur, fashion icon and actor whose career sales exceed five million albums and 40 million singles worldwide. Pitbull has had No. 1 hits in more than 15 countries, and his videos have been viewed more than three billion times. His world tour sold out concerts in Latin America, Canada and Europe, before bringing the party to the United States, Japan and Australia. Pitbull’s new single, “Feel This Moment” featuring Christina Aguilera, from his critically acclaimed album Global Warming is another global sensation.
One of the most accomplished performers of the last decade, Christina Aguilera has sold more than 43 million albums worldwide, achieved five No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, has won five Grammy Awards, and has had six top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart including two No. 1s. She has collaborated with other legendary artists including Herbie Hancock, Andrea Bocelli, Tony Bennett, Elton John and The Rolling Stones. Aguilera was also named one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People of 2013.
Multi-platinum-selling recording artist Selena Gomez is nothing short of a star. Selena is seeing overwhelming success as of late and recently released her new single, “Come & Get It,” which is currently climbing a host of Billboard charts. Her new album will be released this summer, followed by a global tour. Selena has already sold over 10 million singles in the US, along with three RIAA-certified top-ten debuting gold albums, and has amassed four No. 1 Billboard Dance Club songs.
The Band Perry, comprised of siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry, combines classic country music with an eclectic infusion of rock and soul that is rounded out by perfect three-part harmonies. The sibling trio’s sophomore album Pioneer (Republic Nashville) debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart with nearly 130,000 copies sold in the first week. Produced by Dann Huff,Pioneer has received acclaim from top critics across the country and has already produced two hit singles – the No. 1 Hot Country Songs single, “Better Dig Two,” plus the recent top 10 hit, “DONE.” The family band is also the face of Outnumber Hunger, which is in its second year and helps secure meals for the 1 in 6 Americans who struggle with hunger. In addition, beginning May 31, The Band Perry will hit the road as special guests on Rascal Flatts’ “Live & Loud” tour.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, a duo from Seattle, Washington, have emerged as a premier international hip-hop group known for their electrifying live shows, expertly crafted music, and innovative music videos and media. 2012 was a banner year for the group, kicked off by Macklemore’s feature in XXL’s Freshman Class. Most recently, they have broken new ground by independently releasing their debut full-length album, The Heist, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart without the support of a traditional record label. Their single “Thrift Shop” spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (5x Platinum), with help from a wildly popular music video (250 million+ views on YouTube) on heavy rotation on BET and MTV. Since releasing The Heist, the duo has garnered attention from top media outlets, and has performed on leading late night shows including “Saturday Night Live.” In addition, their new hit single “Can’t Hold Us” has received critical acclaim and rises to No. 2 this week on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Nashville-based singer-songwriter, Kacey Musgraves recently released her chart-topping album Same Trailer Different Park to massive critical acclaim. Her Top Ten Country Airplay debut single “Merry Go ‘Round” clearly demonstrates the 24-year-old’s songwriting prowess, which can be seen throughout the record on songs like “Blowin’ Smoke,” “Follow Your Arrow” and Silver Lining.” Kacey has been performing since she was eight years old and wrote her first song at nine years old. To date, Kacey has opened shows for Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Loretta Lynn and recently wrapped tours with Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town. Currently she can be found on Kenny Chesney’s “No Shoes Nation” tour this spring and summer.
Billboard Music Awards finalists were 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 destinations for music. These measurements were tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 12, 2012 through March 10, 2013. For the full list of finalists, visit www.billboard.com.
Billboard Music Awards tickets, priced beginning at $75 for Upper Level and not including applicable service charges and taxes are on sale now. Tickets are available at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to four (4) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase atwww.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.