Billboard -- The 2013 Billboard Music Awards are returning to Las Vegas on
Sunday, May 19 and will honor the legendary artist Prince during a live ABC
broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Prince will be honored with the Billboard Icon Award and is set to deliver
what will likely be an unforgettable performance during the broadcast, produced
by Don Mischer and sponsored by Chevrolet and the Las Vegas Convention and
The "Purple Rain" singer-songwriter-musician follows the 2012 Icon recipient,
Stevie Wonder, who received a multi-tiered tribute led by Alicia Keys.
Also at last year's event, Adele dominated with twelve awards, including Top
Artist , Pop Artist and Female Artist, while LMFAO followed with six nods,
including for Hot 100 Song of the Year ("Party Rock Anthem"). The show featured
over 15 live performances from some of the biggest names in music, including
Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Usher and Justin Bieber.
The star-studded telecast resulted in a ratings win for ABC, attracting its
second-largest audience since 2003 and trumping NBC's season finale of
"Celebrity Apprentice" by 27 percent among all age groups.
The awards will reflect Billboard's chart rankings based on key fan
interactions with music, including album sales and downloads, track downloads,
radio airplay and touring as well as streaming and social interactions on
Facebook, Twitter, Vevo, Youtube, Spotify and other popular online destinations
for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data
partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound. The awards will be
based on the reporting period of Feb. 27, 2012 through Feb. 24, 2013. Top
artists will be recognized in a variety of genres, including R&B, Rap, Pop,
Country, Rock, Latin and Alternative.
Stay tuned for more announcements on performers, presenters and more for the
May 19 airing of the 2013 Billboard Music Awards on ABC.