Taylor Swift will kick off the 2019 Billboard Music Awards with the first performance of “Me!” featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco. Swift’s 2019 performance will mark her first time taking the Billboard Music Awards stage to sing since 2013. Swift currently holds the record for the most Billboard Music Awards with 23.
Taylor Swift earned two nominations this year in the Top Female Artist and Top Touring Artist categories.
Swift released the “Me!” music video on April 26, 2019 after much teasing on social media. The video dropped at midnight and just 10 hours later it had passed the 23 million views mark on YouTube. Swift and Dave Meyers directed the CGI-heavy pastel-infused fantasy complete with butterflies, rainbows, and kittens.
But you know there is a ‘Me'”
“I’m the only one of me
Baby that’s the fun of me
You’re the only one of you
Baby that’s the fun of you”
Kelly Clarkson returns to host this year’s BBMAs which are set to air on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 8pm ET/PT on ABC. Paula Abdul, BTS featuring Halsey, Ciara, Kelly Clarkson, Lauren Daigle, Dan + Shay, Halsey, Jonas Brothers, Tori Kelly, Khalid, Madonna and Maluma and Panic! At The Disco are all confirmed to perform. Mariah Carey, winner of the 2019 ICON Award, will also take the stage and perform.
The Billboard Music Awards are chosen “based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the chart period of March 23, 2018 through March 7, 2019.”
Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman, Kelly Clarkson and Robert Deaton are executive producing the dick clark productions awards show.
Taylor Swift’s Billboard History, Courtesy of the BBMA:
“In 2018, her massive Reputation Stadium Tour made history as the highest-grossing U.S. tour ever, according to Billboard Boxscore. Swift has achieved five No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart — all with her previous five studio albums. Her last album, 2017’s Billboard 200 #1 reputation, sold 1.22 million copies in its first week in the U.S., making Swift the only artist to have four consecutive million-selling release weeks in Nielsen Music history. Additionally, Swift has earned 22 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, with five of those reaching No. 1. In total, Swift’s catalog of albums and songs have sold more than 150 million copies in the U.S.”