Ludacris will be handling hosting duties at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, making it three years in a row that he’ll tackle the job – but this year he won’t be alone. Ciara will be joining Ludacris as a co-host this year, marking her first time as a Billboard Music Awards host. This year’s awards show will air live on ABC on May 22nd at 8pm ET and will be making the move to the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada which just opened on April 6th. Nominees for the awards will be announced on April 11th.
“The Billboard Music Awards is one of best award shows to honor chart success. My great friend Ludacris and I have also shared songs together on the Billboard chart,” stated Ciara. “I look forward to sharing the stage with him on this special night. It will definitely be a night to remember!”
“It is my honor to host the Billboard Music Awards for the 3rd year and a pleasure to host with my good friend Ciara,” said Ludacris. “I’m looking forward to another great show in a new and exciting venue.”
Last year’s awards show finished first in total viewers in its time slot. The 2015 Billboard Music Awards also scored the highest ratings for the show in 14 years years, drawing an audience of 11.2 million.
Details on how the nominees are chosen: “Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social engagement. 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 23, 2015 through March 17, 2016. 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.”