Billboard and dick clark productions announced today that Taylor Swift, a seven-time Grammy winner, will open the 2015 Billboard Music Awards with the world premiere of the most-highly anticipated new music video for “Bad Blood.”
The never-before-seen video includes multiple starring roles played by a cast of Golden Globe winners, Emmy winners, Grammy winners, an Oscar nominee, blockbuster movie stars, as well as both new and iconic supermodels and was directed by Joseph Kahn. “Bad Blood” is Taylor’s fourth single off her smash hit album, “1989,” which has sold in excess of seven million copies worldwide.
Taylor Swift’s 1989 debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with the biggest sales week for an album since 2002 (1.287 million copies). With that, Swift is the only artist in history with three million-selling weeks since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991.
Artists scheduled to perform at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards include Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Hozier, Nick Jonas, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Simple Minds, Van Halen, along with special duet performances by “Empire” recording artists Jussie Smollett and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray with Estelle, Fall Out Boy featuring Wiz Khalifa, Little Big Town & Faith Hill, Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea and Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend.
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 17, on ABC from 8:00 PM–11:00 PM ET.