Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: Billboard Music Awards Co-Hosts Chrissy Teigen & Ludacris' 5 Awards-Show Revelations
The 2015 Billboard Music Awards are coming up fast -- just a little over one week away. Taylor Swift is up for 14 trophies following her blockbuster 1989 album, and not far behind are Sam Smith (13 nominations), Iggy Azalea (12 noms) and Meghan Trainor (nine noms).
As Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen prepare to take the stage as co-hosts of the May 17 awards show, Billboard chatted with the duo about the BBMAs and got some behind-the-scenes stories from the many awards shows they've attended.
Here are five awards-show revelations from Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen and check out the full cover story with the BBMAs hosts on Friday, May 8. Watch the 2015 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 17 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
1. The Singer Who Still Makes Chrissy Teigen Freeze Up Backstage
Teigen says her husband, John Legend, teases her about her inability to function around Beyonce. "She’s the only person on the planet who I just completely shut down around," Teigen says. "John does it as kind of a joke now. He’ll be like, 'Can you come say hi?' I think he likes to see me completely weak."
2. The One Celebrity No One Is Allowed to Touch
No, this isn't about Beyonce again. "I sat by Grumpy Cat once," Teigen says. "You know that cat everyone is obsessed with? That’s pretty random. She’s not allowed to be touched. Are you kidding? You can’t put a cat next to me and expect me not to touch it."
3. What's Ludacris' Go-To Awards-Show Drink?
"A little bit of everything," says the Furious 7 star. "I’ve got white wine, red wine, Cognac, tequila, vodka, beer." In short: The works.
4. How Long It Takes Them to Get Ready
"It's a good solid two hours and 30 minutes," Teigen says. "And that doesn’t include all the fittings beforehand." Luda's routine is a little easier: "Takes me five minutes to put on my clothes," he says.
5. Their Advice for First-Time BBMAs Attendee Meghan Trainor
"Have a good time and take a few deep breaths," Teigen says, "And meet Luda and me in the back for a tequila."
Read Billboard's cover story with Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen on Friday, May 8. Watch the 2015 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 17 at 8 p.m. on ABC.