Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez poses for a portrait backstage at the "Chime For Change: The Sound Of Change Live" Concert at Twickenham Stadium on June 1, 2013 in London, England. Chime For Change is a global campaign for girls' and women's empowerment founded by Gucci with a founding committee comprised of Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini, Salma Hayek Pinault and Beyonce Knowles-Carter.  

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Jennifer Lopez will be feted with the Icon Award at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.

The pop superstar will be on hand to collect the prestigious award at the annual ceremony, to be held May 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. And she’ll grace the stage to perform with one of the night’s finalists Pitbull to premiere the official anthem of this year’s FIFA World Cup, “We Are One (Ole Ola).”

Lopez will give another debut performance on the night with a rendition of “First Love,” a single lifted from her new studio album “A.K.A.,” which is set for release on June 17.

The Icon Award is the BBMA’s ultimate honor. The accolade recognizes lifetime achievement and an artist’s remarkable and enduring contribution to popular music.  JLo becomes just the fourth artist and the first woman, joining past winners include Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder and Prince.

“Jennifer Lopez is one of the most iconic performers of her generation,” comments Larry Klein, producer of the Billboard Music Awards.  “We are thrilled to honor her historic career with the 2014 Icon Award and will be on the edge of our seats like everyone else when she takes the stage.”  

Previously announced performers on the night include 5 Seconds of Summer, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Derulo, Imagine Dragons, Luke Bryan, John Legend and OneRepublic.

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards is produced by dick clark productions and will be aired by on ABC at 8pm ET.  Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan are Executive Producers.  Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco join Klein as Producers. For additional information on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards visit us at www.billboardmusicawards.com or the Billboard hub at www.billboard.com/bbma.

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