Kelly Clarkson, Ed Sheeran, Meghan Trainor, and John Legend will be taking the stage to perform at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. The 2015 awards show will be held on Sunday, May 17th and will air live on ABC (taped delayed on the West Coast) at 8pm ET/PT. Chrissy Teigen and Ludacris will be serving as this year’s hosts.
The newly announced performers join the list of previously announced musical acts that includes Fall Out Boy, Wiz Khalifa, Hozier, Nick Jonas, and Sam Smith.
The Billboard Music Awards represent 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.” Tickets to attend the show are now on sale at TicketMaster.com.
In announcing the new list of performers, Billboard released these facts:
· Kelly Clarkson has earned three No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, including her most recent release, Piece By Piece. She’s also scored a whopping 20 hit singles on the Pop Songs chart – including the No. 1s “Miss Independent,” “Since U Been Gone,” “Because of You” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).” Clarkson also has 10 songs that reached the top 10 on the Hot 100 chart (3 hitting #1).
· Ed Sheeran, a finalist in five categories this year, scored his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last summer with his critically acclaimed second album x. The platinum-certified album features a trio of hits, including “Sing,” his first Billboard Hot 100 top 10 “Don’t,” and the highest charting single of his career so far, “Thinking Out Loud,” which hit No. 1 on the Pop Songs, Adult Contemporary, Adult Pop Songs, and Digital Songs charts as well No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a remarkable 8 week run.
· Up for an impressive nine awards at this year’s ceremony, Meghan Trainor roared in with her debut hit, “All About That Bass.” The song spent eight weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the longest leading No. 1 ever on the historic Epic Records, surpassing two Michael Jackson classics: “Billie Jean” and “Black Or White.” Trainor’s debut album Title, which features Meghan’s newest hits “Lips Are Movin’” and “Dear Future Husband” subsequently topped the Billboard 200, making her just the 13th woman to hit No. 1 with both her first Hot 100 single and Billboard 200 album.
· With seven nominations this year, John Legend leapt to new heights in 2015, notching his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single with “All of Me.” The song also became the sultry singer’s first No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. It additionally led a whopping five format airplay charts and closed out the year as Billboard’s No. 1 Adult Contemporary song of 2014. Recently, Legend won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Song for “Glory” (with Common), which reached top 20 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
-By Rebecca Murray
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