The list of artists set to take the stage at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards has increased by three. dick clark productions and Billboard confirmed Sam Smith, Hozier, and Nick Jonas will perform on the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, joining previously announced performers Fall Out Boy featuring Wiz Khalifa. This year’s awards show will be held on Sunday, May 17th at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Vegas and will be broadcast live on the East Coast at 8pm (tape delayed on the West Coast) on ABC.
Handling the hosting duties this year will be Chrissy Teigen and Ludacris. Tickets to the Billboard Music Awards are now on sale at Ticketmaster.com.
Nominees are selected based on “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.” Billboard used the tracking period beginning with March 10, 2014 and ending on March 8, 2015 to select this year’s top artists.
In announcing the new performers, Billboard released these fun facts:
· Hozier’s smash single “Take Me To Church” hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent 23 weeks at No. 1 on Hot Rock Songs.
· Nick Jonas came into his own in 2014 with his successful self-titled album. The set debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and spawned his first Billboard Hot 100 top 10 with “Jealous” and top 20 follow-up “Chains.”
· Sam Smith’s debut studio album In the Lonely Hour reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and has spun off three Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits: “Stay With Me,” “I’m Not the Only One” and “Lay Me Down.”
-By Rebecca Murray
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