Billboard Music Awards All Star Line Up

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The 2015 Billboard Music Awards has an all-star line up this year. Not only will there be some amazing performance from some of music’s best, but fans will also be treated to some great celebrity presenters. This year the show will be hosted by Chrissy Teigen and Ludacris.  The awards show bases its awards on the fans and who they have picked through digital song and album sales, touring, radio plays, and streaming. Social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, You Tube, Spotify and other music sites interactions also play a role in the award process.

Performances at this years show include Kelly Clarkson, Kanye West, Maria Carey, Tori Kelly, Nick Jonas, Ed Sheeran, Iggy Azalea, John Legend, Hozier, Britney Spears, Sam Smith, Little Big Town, Faith Hill, Meghan Trainor, Imagine Dragons, Van Halen, Fall Out Boy featuring Wiz Khalifa, and Nicki Minaj featuring David Guetta.

Part of the all-star line up at this years Billboards Music Awards show will be a special performance by the new hit show, Empire‘s Bryshere “Yazz” Gray (Hakim Lyon) and Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon) who will sing  a medley of two of the show’s songs You’re So Beautiful and Conqueror. Joining them on stage for their performance will be British star Estelle. Both Yazz and Smollett are honored to be included in the show. Estelle has said she can’t wait to perform the song Conqueror, calling it inspirational.

Nicki Minaj will be debuting her new song The Night is Still Young. Fans who can’t wait for the performance have been given little teasers from the rapper. Minaj has shared four different post about the song, putting a mix of behind the scenes photographs and video shoots from the upcoming music video on Instagram. According to some fans, the song, the sixth song to be released from the album Pinkprint, is going to be huge.  Many fans are expecting the perfect follow-up to Starship to be a summer anthem. Minaj has compared the album to Jay Z’s Blueprint album, saying that she feels it will be like Blueprint for future female rappers.

This years presenters are Celine Dion, One Direction, Rita Ora, Danica McKellar, Florida Georgia Line, Molly Ringwald, NE-YO, 50 Cent, Henson, Pentatonix, Ellen Pompeo, Charli XCX, Prince Royce, Kyle Jenner, Khloe Kardashin, Idina Menzel, Lily Aldrige, Hanna Davis, and Tracee Ellis Ross.

Much of the fuss over this years Billboard show is over the tough competition for the Top Male Artist. Contenders are Sam Smith, Drake, Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, and Ed Sheeran. All of these stars have graced the airwaves with some great songs. It may be tough to beat Pharrell Williams’ Happy, the longstanding number one hit  that became an anthem for 2014, but Ed Sheeran has had a few number one hits, and Justin Timberlake is always tough to beat.

A special moment to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Breakfast Club will occur. Ringwald will introduce Simple Minds, who will perform Don’t You (Forget About Me) in tribute to the film. One can assume that with the passing of B.B. King this week that the show will be sure to mention him and play tribute to the man who had 10 Billboard chart hits.

The Billboard Music Award show and it all-star line up will air live this Sunday, May 17, at eight p.m from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  The Billboard charts have been in integral part of the music world since 1940. How popular a song ranked on the chart is considered one of the best measures of a musicians success. For most stars it is a dream come true to be a part of the show.

By Jessica Hamel


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