1. Britney Spears Joins Rihanna, Nicki Minaj Performances at 2011 Billboard Music Awards

    May 22, 2011 10:30 PM EDT B ritney Spears and Rihanna kicked off the Billboard Music Awards in head-turning fashion Sunday night (May 22), with a racy live performance of their "S&M" remix complete with bejeweled handcuffs, pole dancing and a playful pillow fight. Spears later rocked the stage with Nicki…

  2. Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber Win Early at 2011 Billboard Music Awards

    May 22, 2011 9:00 PM EDT The 2011 Billboard Music Awards kicked off with a bang, as pop stars like Rihanna , Britney Spears and the Black Eyed Peas rocked the stage of Las Vegas' MGM Grand, while Taylor Swift , Justin Bieber , Taio Cruz and Lady Antebellum snagged the first awards of the night. Britney Spears…

  3. Beyonce To Be Honored by Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Bono at 2011 Billboard Music Awards

    May 21, 2011 2:25 PM EDT B eyonce 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&…

  4. Lil Wayne and Mary J. Blige Lead Collaborative Performances at 2011 Billboard Music Awards

    May 19, 2011 2:05 PM EDT L il Wayne will team up with Mary J. Blige , Pitbull will rock the stage with Ne-Yo and Nayer, and Far*East Movement will be joined by both Snoop Dogg and Ryan Tedder for special collaborative performances at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, which will air Sunday (May 22) from 8-11pm ET/PT on…

  5. Neil Diamond to Perform at Billboard Music Awards, Receive Icon Award

    May 17, 2011 3:05 PM EDT Legendary singer and songwriter Neil Diamond will receive the 2011 Billboard Icon Award at this weekend's Billboard Music Awards. Diamond will also take to the stage and perform. The award, which honors the cultural impact of an artist whose extraordinary talent as a creator, writer, and…

  6. Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez Among Billboard Music Awards Presenters

    May 17, 2011 12:40 PM EDT J ustin Biebe r, Kylie Minogue , Jada Pinkett Smith, Joe Jonas , Keri Hilson , Marc Anthony , "Glee" star Matthew Morrison, Nas , Scott Weiland , Selena Gomez , Tim Allen, Travis Barker , Trey Songz and "Modern Family" star Rico Rodriguez have been announced as presenters…

  7. Skatalites Drummer Lloyd Knibb Dies in Jamaica

    May 13, 2011 2:11 PM EDT Lloyd Knibb, an influential Jamaican drummer who played with the Skatalites and helped develop the ska beat, has died, his wife said Friday. He was 80. Enid Knibb said her husband died from liver cancer late Thursday. He had been receiving treatment in the U.S. but returned to Jamaica this…

  8. Ke$ha, Ne-Yo, Far*East Movement, OneRepublic Added to Billboard Music Awards Performers

    May 12, 2011 4:48 PM EDT K e$ha , Far*East Movement , OneRepublic , Ryan Tedder and Ne-Yo are the newest additions to the stellar lineup of performers for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, which will air on ABC next Sunday (May 22) 8-11pm ET/PT, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The latest group joins…

  9. Ask Billboard: Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves

    April 29, 2011 6:35 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. SISTERS ARE DOIN&…

  10. Cee Lo Green, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull Added to Billboard Music Awards Performers

    April 28, 2011 1:50 PM EDT C ee Lo Green , Nicki Minaj and Pitbull have been added to the stellar lineup of performers for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, which will air on ABC Sunday, May 22, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 8-11pm ET/PT. The trio joins previously announced performers the Black Eyed…

  11. Hazel Dickens, Bluegrass Performer, Dies at 75

    April 24, 2011 8:49 PM EDT H azel Dickens , a folk singer and bluegrass musician who advocated for coal miners, has died at age 75. Dickens died Friday morning at a Washington hospice of complications from pneumonia. Her death was confirmed by Ken Irwin, a founder of Rounder Records, her label for about 40 years.…

  12. 'American Idol' Mulls Tweaks to Voting System After Pia Toscano Elimination

    April 20, 2011 3:05 PM EDT "American Idol" producers will discuss changes to the voting process at the end of this season, but will not tweak the process this year. Executive producer Ken Warwick said the producers will consider limiting the number of text votes allowed, incorporating judges' opinions…

  13. RKM & Ken-Y Score with Latin Tween Market

    April 16, 2011 9:53 AM EDT R KM & Ken-Y first realized the extent of their popularity among Latina schoolgirls through Facebook. The Puerto Rican duo has nearly 1.5 million "likes" on the social media site, where dozens of fans have posted photos holding a copy of its new album, "Forever." "…

  14. Charlie Sheen Redeems Self in Second New York Show

    April 11, 2011 8:46 AM EDT After bombing in New York on Friday night, Charlie Sheen returned to Radio City Music Hall on Sunday and received two standing ovations. "The show is entirely different from Friday night," TMZ wrote in its play-by-play of Sheen's sixth stop on his My Violent Torpedo of Truth…

  15. Taylor Swift Lends Her Voice to 'Dr. Seuss' The Lorax' Film

    March 17, 2011 3:32 PM EDT T aylor Swift has joined the ensemble voicecast of "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," Universal and Illumination Entertainment's CGI-animated adaptation of the children's book classic. Swift joins Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron , Rob Riggle and Betty White in the tale of a…

  16. 'Idol' Hopeful Casey Abrams 'Feeling Really Good' After Hospitalization

    March 15, 2011 11:50 AM EDT "American Idol" contestant Casey Abrams missed last Thursday's live elimination episode after being hospitalized for a second time since the season began. Fortunately, the fan favorite said that he's "feeling really good" during an appearance at an "Idol…

  17. Jane's Addiction, Elvis Costello, Furthur to Headline Gathering of the Vibes 2011

    March 14, 2011 10:00 AM EDT J ane's Addiction , Elvis Costello and the Grateful Dead spin-offs Furthur and Rhythm Devils headline the initial announcement of artists for the 16th annual Gathering of the Vibes Festival, which will take place July 21-24 in Bridgeport, Conn. Given that the festival was created to…

  18. Arcade Fire Manager Responds To Criticism Over Grammy Win

    February 24, 2011 10:38 AM EST Veteran music executive Steve Stoute penned a letter criticizing the Grammy Awards , which that appeared as an ad in the New York Times on Sunday. Specifically, Stoute singled out Arcade Fire -- who performed two songs during the show and capped off the night by winning Album of the Year --…

  19. Dropkick Murphys 'Can't Believe' Bruce Springsteen Sang On New Record

    February 14, 2011 12:15 PM EST For their first new album in four years, Boston's Dropkick Murphys took a new approach -- with "renewed enthusiasm," says singer/bassist Ken Casey -- to the band's seventh album, March 1's "Going Out in Style," which will be released on the band's own…

  20. Chart Highlights: Adult Pop, Rap Songs & More

    February 07, 2011 3:35 PM EST Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. 1 *** "Grenade" Bruno Mars…

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