via press release:
MODERN FAMILY’S JULIE BOWEN AND TY BURRELL
TO HOST THE 2012 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS
Emmy Award Winners Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell, also known as Claire and Phil Dunphy on the ABC comedy “Modern Family,” have been announced as hosts of “The 2012 Billboard Music Awards,” which airs live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on SUNDAY, MAY 20 (8:00–11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“We are thrilled to have television’s favorite Emmy Award winning couple as our hosts for this year’s Billboard Music Awards,” said Richard D. Beckman, CEO Prometheus Global Media. “Ty and Julie have captured the hearts of America with their on-screen chemistry and humor – and we look forward to having them bring that magic to the Billboard Music Awards.”
Finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album, single and digital sales, airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on MySpace, Facebook and many of the other most popular online destinations for music. The awards will be based on the reporting period of February 28, 2011 through March 1, 2012.
“The 2012 Billboard Music Awards” is co-executive produced by Richard D. Beckman, CEO Prometheus Global Media and Don Mischer Productions. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HD format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
Visit www.Billboard.com/BBMA for a complete list of finalists and to apply for media credentials. Music fans can also follow news about the show or related events on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Billboard or Facebook at www.facebook.com/billboard.