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Saturday
May182013

"Billboard" Music Awards Air Live from Vegas Sunday

(LAS VEGAS) -- Star-studded collaborations are on tap for Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards, airing live on ABC from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Fans will see solo artists like Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars perform, of course, but they'll also enjoy some musical collaborations during the telecast, which starts at 8 p.m. ET. 

Justin Bieber is actually doing double duty Sunday night: he'll sing his song "Take You" solo, and then team up with Will.i.am for their collaboration, "#thatpower." Pitbull is also doing double duty: he'll perform "Live It Up" with Jennifer Lopez, as well as "Feel This Moment" with Christina Aguilera and an unannounced "special guest." We're betting that special guest will be A-ha, the Norwegian '80s pop group whose song "Take On Me" is sampled in "Feel This Moment."

Other collaborations include David Guetta, Ne-Yo & Akon, who'll perform the song "Play Hard," and Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne, who'll perform "High School."

Solo performers on the show include Swift and Bruno Mars -- debuting his new single "Treasure" --  as well as Ed Sheeran, Selena Gomez, Chris Brown, Miguel, The Band Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Icona Pop and even music legend Prince, who will receive the Billboard Icon Award during the telecast.

Other stars who'll appear on the show include Madonna, who'll receive a special award for her top-grossing MDNA tour; and presenters Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Ke$ha, Carly Rae Jepsen, Miley Cyrus, PSY, Kid Rock, Cee Lo Green and Alanis Morissette.

As for the actual awards, Taylor, fun. and Maroon 5 are the leading nominees. Because there are so many different Billboard charts, it's impossible to list who's nominated in every single category, but Taylor, fun. and Maroon 5 are finalists in 11 different ones. Taylor and Maroon 5 also are both competing for the night's big honor: Top Artist of the Year. The other nominees in that category are Rihanna, Justin Bieber and One Direction.

Speaking of Rihanna, she's nominated in 10 different categories, while Carly Rae Jepsen's represented in nine, thanks to the success of "Call Me Maybe." One Direction is represented in eight categories.

Here are the nominees in a few of the biggest Billboard Music Awards categories:

Top 100 Song
"Some Nights"
"Somebody That I Used to Know"
"Call Me Maybe"
"Payphone"
"One More Night"


Top Billboard 200 Album
21
Babel
Red
Up All Night
Take Me Home


Top Duo/Group
Coldplay
Maroon 5
fun.
One Direction
Mumford & Sons


Top New Artist
Gotye
Carly Rae Jepsen
The Lumineers
One Direction
PSY


Top Pop Artist
Maroon 5
Bruno Mars
Adele
Justin Bieber
One Direction

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Wednesday
Dec052012

Fun. Dominates "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!!" Special, Earns Six Nominations Overall

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- It was a fun night for fun. at the Grammy Awards nominations TV special in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday.

On the strength of their smash hit "We Are Young," the pop-rock band earned nominations in four of the five categories revealed on the CBS telecast. And the reason they didn't get a nod in the remaining category is that it was dedicated to country music.

fun. is nominated for album of the year and best pop vocal album, for Some Nights; record of the year, for "We Are Young"; and best new artist.

It was announced immediately after the telecast that fun. had tied for the most nominations with six, along with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Jay-Z, Mumford and Sons, Frank Ocean, and Kanye West.

Taylor Swift and LL Cool J hosted the special, which was dubbed Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!! Aside from the announcement of the nominees in select categories, the program featured performances by some of the newly-minted nominees as well as other prominent artists. They included:

-- Dierks Bentley and The Band Perry: the Johnny Cash-June Carter song "Jackson," in a tribute to The Man in Black.

-- Maroon 5: "One More Night," "Moves Like Jagger," "Daylight" and "Payphone."

-- The Who: "Won't Get Fooled Again."

-- Luke Bryan: "I Don't Want This Night to End."

-- fun. featuring Janelle Monae: "We Are Young."

-- Ne-Yo: "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)."

The 55th Grammy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2013. CBS will televise the ceremony.

Here are the categories announced on the telecast:

Album of the Year
The Black Keys, El Camino
fun., Some Nights
Mumford and Sons, Babel
Frank Ocean, Channel Orange
Jack White, Blunderbuss

Record of the Year
The Black Keys, "Lonely Boy"
Kelly Clarkson, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"
fun. featuring Janelle Monae, "We Are Young"
Gotye featuring Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used to Know"
Frank Ocean, "Thinkin Bout You"
Taylor Swift, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"

Best New Artist
Alabama Shakes
fun.
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

Best Pop Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson, Stronger
Florence + the Machine, Ceremonials
fun., Some Nights
Maroon 5, Overexposed
Pink, The Truth About Love

Best Country Solo Performance

Dierks Bentley, "Home"
Eric Church, "Springsteen"
Ronnie Dunn, "Cost of Livin'"
Hunter Hayes, "Wanted"
Blake Shelton, "Over"
Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away"

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