Top 20 Hot 100 Songwriters, 2000-Present
No. 17: Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce will receive an all-star tribute when she is honored with the Billboard Millennium Award at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, which will air Sunday night (May 22) on ABC at 8-11pm ET/PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Among the luminaries saluting the first lady of R&B are First Lady Michelle Obama; singing legend Barbra Streisand; pop star Lady Gaga; U2 frontman Bono; and the incomparable Stevie Wonder.

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The Billboard Millennium Award will recognize Beyonce's career achievements and influence in the music industry, from her role as the frontwoman of Destiny's Child to her three chart-topping solo albums. The singer will release her fourth studio album, "4," on June 28, while the eye-popping music video for first single "Run the World (Girls)" was unveiled this week.


Beyonce's 'Run the World (Girls)' Video Premieres

Along with Beyonce's big moment, the 2011 Billboard Music Awards will feature performances from the Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Keith Urban, Taio Cruz, Cee Lo Green, Lady Antebellum, Nicki Minaj, Ke$ha, Far*East Movement, Pitbull, Mary J. Blige with Lil Wayne, OneRepublic, and a special performance by Neil Diamond. Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kylie Minogue, Trey Songz, Scott Weiland, and Taylor Swift will be among the presenters at the ceremony.

SLIDESHOW: Top Finalists For The 2011 Billboard Music Awards

Rihanna, Eminem, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber lead the finalists for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, which were announced in April at a press conference in Las Vegas. Hosted by Ken Jeong, the awards will take a holistic look at artist performance based on key fan interactions with music, including sales data shared by Nielsen SoundScan, radio airplay monitored by Nielsen BDS, streaming data measured by Tubemogul and Nielsen BDS, social media consumption gauged by Next Big Sound and tour grosses tracked by Billboard Boxscore. Finalists and winners are determined by chart performance and social and streaming activity as chronicled in Billboard magazine and on Billboard.com during the eligibility period of Feb, 28, 2010 and Mar. 1, 2011.

For up-to-the-minute updates on the show, visit Billboard.com/BBMA or follow along on Twitter (twitter.com/billboarddotcom) and Facebook (facebook.com/billboard).

Lil Wayne and Mary J. Blige Lead Collaborative Performances

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