Rihanna is heading to the 2016 Billboard Music Awards!
The international music sensation will perform during the show, almost ten years to the day since her first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (“SOS” hit the charts on May 13, 2006 and spent a total of three weeks at No. 1).
Rihanna is also a finalist for this year’s fan-voted Billboard Chart Achievement Award. Fans can vote for their favorite artist who has accomplished an outstanding and rare achievement on the Billboard music charts over the past year. The finalists are:
- Adele‘s album 25 scored the largest U.S. sales week ever for an album in Nielsen Music history: 3.38 million sold in its first week.
- Drake scored his landmark 100th Billboard Hot 100 hit, a sum only four acts heave reached.
- Rihanna has now spent 60 total weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her 14 No. 1s, passing the Beatles for the second-most weeks at No. 1 all time.
- Little Big Town‘s “Girl Crush” set the record for most weeks at No. 1 (13) by a group (of at least three members) on Hot Country Songs.
- The Weeknd is now one of only 12 acts to replace himself at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as “The Hills” succeeded “Can’t Feel My Face.”
The Billboard Chart Achievement Award is the only fan-voted category at the “2016 Billboard Music Awards.” Fans can vote for their favorite finalist in two ways:
- Visiting the voting site: http://www.billboardmusicawards.com/vote
- Voting on Twitter (by including the following items in a tweet):
- The finalist’s name or Twitter handle
- Any form of the word “vote” (e.g., vote, voting, voted, etc.)
- The show’s hashtag: #BBMAs
Fans can vote up to 100 times a day, per platform.
Rihanna joins previously announced performers Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, DNCE, The Go-Go’s, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes, P!nk, “Kia’s One to Watch” Troye Sivan, Britney Spears, and collaborations with Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Nick Jonas with Tove Lo, and Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, and Madonna will honor Prince.
The 2016 Billboard Music Awards will broadcast 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.