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The “2015 Billboard Music Awards” will be Hosted by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen and Broadcast LIVE on ABC Sunday, May 17 at 8:00 PM ET From The MGM Grand Garden Arena

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SANTA MONICA, CA (May 14, 2015) – Billboard and dick clark productions announced today international superstar Pitbull and award winning multi-platinum artist Chris Brown will perform their hit song “Fun” at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. Fifth Harmony will also take to the stage to perform a special version of their chart-climbing song “Worth It”.  These stars join previously announced musical performers Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Imagine Dragons, Hozier, Nick Jonas, Tori Kelly, Ed Sheeran, Van Halen, Kanye West along with special duet performance by “Empire” recording artists Jussie Smollett and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray with Estelle, Fall Out Boy featuring Wiz Khalifa, Little Big Town and Faith Hill, Nicki Minaj and David Guetta, Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea, Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend, and Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth and Lindsey Stirling. The show will also include a special moment with Molly Ringwald introducing Simple Minds who will pay tribute to the 30th anniversary of “The Breakfast Club” with their iconic song “Don’t You (Forget About Me).  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.Talent fun facts include:

  • Billboard Music Award winner Pitbull has earned 10 top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including the No. 1s “Timber” and “Give Me Everything.” He has sold 41 million song downloads in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music, and 13 of his songs have moved more than a million copies. The rapper made his debut on Billboard’s charts in 2004 and has consistently straddled various genre charts — from pop and Latin to rhythmic and dance.
  • Four-time Billboard Music Award winner Chris Brown has charted a whopping 66 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, including 13 top 10 hits. Among those smashes are his No. 1s “Run It!” and “Kiss Kiss,” as well as top 10 tracks like “Loyal” and “Don’t Wake Me Up.” Brown, who is a finalist in three categories at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, has also achieved seven top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart (including two No. 1s) and 34 top 10 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
  • Fifth Harmony is currently surging with its biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit, “Worth It” (featuring Kid Ink), which bullets at No. 21 on the chart dated May 23. It’s the group’s second top 40 hit on the survey: “Sledgehammer” (co-written by fellow Billboard Music Awards performer Meghan Trainor) rose to No. 40 in January. On the Billboard 200 albums chart, Fifth Harmony has tallied two top 10 hits: its 2013 EP Better Together, which debuted and peaked at No. 6, and Reflection (No. 5 this February).


Armando Christian Perez, known around the world as Pitbull, is an internationally successful musician, performer, business entrepreneur, fashion icon and actor. His career sales have exceeded 5 million albums and 60 million singles worldwide. Pitbull has scored No. 1 hits in more than 15 countries, his videos have over 7 billion views, and his social media reach matches audiences of some television networks. Pitbull released his eighth studio album, Globalization on November 24. Along with his hit single “Time of Our Lives,” the release also includes “Celebrate,” a song heard in the animated film, Penguins of Madagascar. Pitbull partners with a number of guest artists on Globalization, including Jason Derulo, Juicy J, Heymous Molly and Sean Paul, as well as a new collaboration with Ne-Yo. Also featured on the album are the global smash hit “Fireball,” the FIFA World Cup official song, “We Are One (Ole Ola)” with superstars Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte, current single “Fun” with Chris Brown and the Playboy summer anthem “Wild Wild Love” with G.R.L. The new album is the follow up to Global Warming: Meltdown, which included his second #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, “Timber” featuring Kesha. The release also featured the massive hit singles “Feel This Moment” with Christina Aguilera, “Don’t Stop The Party” and “Back In Time” from the action-comedy Men in Black 3. Pitbull’s world tours have sold out concerts in North and South America, Europe and the Far East. He recently wrapped up the second leg of a co-headlining arena tour of the U.S. and Canada with Enrique Iglesias plus finished a headline tour in the Far East. 2014 was a banner year for Pitbull, who was chosen to perform at the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup in Sao Paolo, Brazil and closed out the year with his New Year’s Eve special. In 2015, Pitbull will continue to live up to being Mr. Worldwide, when he receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, continues his world tour and releases his new Spanish album Dale in this summer.Chris Brown is a Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter who recently made his sixth #1 album entry on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart with his latest release X (RCA Records), according to Nielsen SoundScan. Chris has racked up a total of 8.3 million in U.S. album sales, six No. 1 singles (two on the Hot 100; four on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs), 12 top 10 Hot 100 singles and 26 top 10 singles on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Meanwhile, his total song sales stand at 42 million and he has over one billion views on VEVO.  Adding the coveted Grammy Award to his collection, Brown is the recipient of over 40 awards, including a Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Artist in addition to the 2012 BET Awards for Best Male R&B Artist and the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Male Video and Best Choreography for “Turn Up the Music.” With all of Chris’ success in the music industry he is also just as proud of his philanthropic work he does with his charity The Symphonic Love Foundation. Symphonic Love Foundation supports and creates arts programs for youth while encouraging every day public service, respect and kindness. When not working on his own music or helping out with his charity, Chris can be found either directing music videos for some of world’s top musical talent, cultivating the younger generations up and coming musicians with his label CBE (Chris Brown Entertainment) or refining his skill and love for street art and graffiti.

For Fifth Harmony, 2014 was a whirlwind year that started strong and never let up. The all-female five-piece headed out on the road with Demi Lovato in February, kicked off their own headlining tour in late spring, joined Austin Mahone (along with The Vamps and Shawn Mendes) for a national summer tour, and in August claimed the much-coveted Artist To Watch prize at the MTV Video Music Awards. In the midst of all the frenzy—which also included Mattel’s launch of a line of Barbie dolls made in the likeness of each Fifth Harmony member—Dinah Jane Hansen, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke Hernandez, Normani Kordei, and Camila Cabello took to the studio to create their full-length debut for Epic Records. Featuring the fierce, gold-certified lead single “BO$$” and its follow-up “Sledgehammer” (a synth-pop powerhouse penned by Meghan Trainor), Reflection offers up a gutsy, groove-heavy brand of dance-pop built on the most dynamic vocal performances Fifth Harmony have delivered so far.  Like Better Together—Fifth Harmony’s 2013 debut EP—Reflection flawlessly spotlights the vocal synergy Fifth Harmony first revealed in their rise to third place on the second season of X Factor. But this time around, the group worked with lineup of producers that includes Stargate (Beyoncé, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Iggy Azalea), Dr. Luke (Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, will.i.am, Ke$ha), and Rock City (T.I., B.o.B, Nelly) to fuse their breathtaking harmonies with an edgy hybrid of R&B, hip-hop, and electro-pop. Showing off Fifth Harmony’s newly sharpened versatility, Reflection dives into EDM territory on the epic club anthem “This Is How We Roll,” turns fiery on the sultry and horn-soaked “Worth It,” and gets sweetly starry-eyed with the throwback R&B-pop of “Everlasting Love.” Fifth Harmony also pay loving tribute to their musical idols on Reflection, with “Like Mariah” borrowing its breezy vocal melody from Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby” and the unstoppable “Brave Honest Beautiful” encouraging girls to reclaim their confidence and flaunt their fearlessness a la Beyoncé, Rihanna, Madonna, and Shakira.

Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 10, 2014 through March 8, 2015.  Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of a musician’s success.

Tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster.com.   Fans can also choose from multiple VIP premium ticket packages which include limited edition Billboard Music Awards merchandise, an invitation to the official Billboard Music Awards post-party and so much more! VIP premium ticket packages are available at www.cidentertainment.com/events/billboard-music-awards/.

Fan voting for the 2015 Billboard Chart Achievement Award presented by Samsung will continue through the first hour of the awards show, ending at 9pm ET. To vote for finalists Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea or Meghan Trainor go to BillboardMusicAwards.com/vote or the @OfficialBBMAs Twitter account. The special editorial award will be given to an innovative artist who has accomplished an outstanding and rare achievement on the Billboard music charts over the past year.

For additional information on the “2015 Billboard Music Awards” visit us at www.billboardmusicawards.com or the Billboard hub at www.billboard.com/bbma.  The “2015 Billboard Music Awards” is produced by dick clark productions.  Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman and Robert Deaton are Executive Producers.

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