NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 15, 2013 – Country-pop pioneer Shania Twain has been added to the growing list of presenters for Sunday’s upcoming Billboard Music Awards. Joining her on the music side of things are Florida Georgia Line and Sugarland vocalist Jennifer Nettles on the roster to make appearances. Kicking off on Sunday, May 19, the show goes live from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena and will be hosted by “30 Rock” alum Tracy Morgan.
Cee-Lo Green, Celine Dion, Miley Cyrus, Kelly Rowland, PSY, Kid Rock, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ke$ha, Sky Blu, Alanis Morisette and Wiz Khalifa have been added to the presenters list, as well.
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift leads the night’s nominations with a staggering 11 nods, powered by her quadruple-platinum Red record. Released in October, the album has already spawned two No. 1 pop hits (“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “I Knew You Were Trouble.”) and one No. 1 Country single (“Begin Again”). Swift’s current pop entry “22” is racing up Top 40 radio and is sure to be another win for the singer-songwriter. Her collaboration with Tim McGraw, called “Highway Don’t Care,” sits in the Top 5 on the Mediabase radio airplay chart.
Among her nominations, Swift is up for the Top Artist prize of the night, facing off against worthy opponent Maroon 5 (“Payphone,” “One More Night,” “Daylight”), who also has 11 nods. Fun. achieved their first No. 1 hit with “We Are Young” in 2012 and rounds out the top tier of nominations with 11 of their own, including in the Top Hot 100 Artist and Top Duo/Group categories.
Additionally, Swift is a Top 3 finalist for this year’s Milestone Award. Fans can continue to vote for her until the day of the show. Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars join the “Trouble” singer in this elite category.
Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” landed a nod in Top Country Song, while Red shifted a slot in Top Country Album.
Next up is pop singer Rihanna with 10 nominations, including Top Artist, off the success of her “Diamonds,” from 2012’s Unapologetic. Meanwhile, breakout star Carly Rae Jepsen made a splash last summer with her pounding love anthem “Call Me Maybe,” earning the 26-year-old songstress nine nods (Top Hot 100 Song, Top Pop Song, Top Digital Song and Top Radio Song, among many more).
And, of course, one could not forget the UK pop phenomenon One Direction. In 2012, the five boys dropped two separate projects, leading to eight slots at this year’s forthcoming awards show. Their mind-blowing success garnered the hit makers a spot in the Top Artist category and Top New Artist — in which they’ll compete with Jepsen, Gotye, PSY and the Lumineers.
Fellow Nashville musician Carrie Underwood also landed two nominations.
The finalists tally was determined from a combination of key fan interaction with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other online music services.
Performers include Swift, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Mars, Miguel, Bieber, Pitbull, Christina Aguilera, Selena Gomez, the Band Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Chris Brown, Ed Sheeran, Akon, Ne-Yo, David Guetta and Icona Pop.
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