Taylor Swift has jumped out with six awards, including Top Female Artist and Top Billboard 200 Artist, in a pre-telecast announcement for the event, airing live Sunday night from Las Vegas on ABC. Following closely behind the country-pop queen in early winners is Rihanna and Gotye, with four awards each.
All eyes will be on the 2013 Billboard Music Awards' blue carpet when the stars arrive at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday (May 19) for the big event - and you can watch live video of it from 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT until the BBMAs begin at 8pm ET to see all of the action on the blue carpet, presented by Cambio.
On Friday Night, Billboard hosted a special Billboard Music Awards welcome dinner presented by Samsung Galaxy S4 at the brand-new Hakkasan nightclub/restaurant at the MGM Grand Hotel. Guests included Miguel, Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody and Johnny McDaid, Prince manager Julia Ramadan, Will.I.Am management’s Adam Leber, Miguel management's Phillana Williams and Darla Blanchard, Vector Management’s Jack Rovner and many others.
Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, who have been on the NBC singing competition since its inception, will be reunited with Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green in the red chairswhen The Voice returns in the fall, it was announced Friday.
The focus of 2013's Digital & Music Matters is on YouTube and the online video phenomenon. The Asia Pacific industry event will be held May 20-25 in Singapore and broadcast live on YouTube. Keynote speakers include Johnny Wright (Justin Timberlake's manager), UMG's Rob Wells, Avex Holdings' Kenji Kitatani, Deezer's Axel Dauchez, IFPI's Frances Moore and an Amanda Palmer Google hangout.
President Barack Obama is putting on a show at the White House next week for singer-songwriter Carole King who is the first woman to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress. The program will include performances by King, Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Emeli Sandé, James Taylor and Trisha Yearwood.