Bernie Mac To Host 2001 Billboard Music Awards

Comedian/actor Bernie Mac will host the 2001 Billboard Music Awards, airing live from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Arena Dec. 4 on Fox television, beginning at 8 p.m. The show's celebrity quotient continues t

Comedian/actor Bernie Mac will host the 2001 Billboard Music Awards, airing live from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Arena Dec. 4 on Fox television, beginning at 8 p.m. The show's celebrity quotient continues to rise with DMX, Nelly, Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath, and actor Matthew McConaughey the latest to sign on to make appearances during the event.

As previously reported, the show's performance lineup boasts No Doubt, Incubus, Alicia Keys, 'N Sync, Tim McGraw, and Shaggy. Although previously announced, Destiny's Child will not be performing, but plan to attend the ceremony.

Other artists due to appear during the show include Sting, Janet Jackson, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Creed, Lifehouse, Blink-182, Pink, Joe, Aaron Carter, Godsmack, Mandy Moore, Ludacris, R. Kelly, Lil' Romeo, Lee Ann Womack, Jamie O'Neal, and Petey Pablo.

A founding member of the highly successful "Kings of Comedy" tour, Mac has been making his way into the television and film worlds as of late. This season welcomed the acclaimed Fox sitcom "The Bernie Mac Show," and Mac will soon be seen on the big screen in the remake of "Oceans 11," due to open Dec. 7 in U.S. theaters. He has previously appeared in the films "Life," "House Party 3," and "How To Be a Player."

Finalists for the 2001 Billboard Music Awards will be announced next week.