BBMAs Co-Host Ludacris on Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj & More of This Year's Chart-Topping Performers

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Christopher 'Ludacris' Bridges poses at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas. 

Ahead of the May 21 show at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, co-host Ludacris weighs in on the stacked roster of ­performers, including Bruno, Nicki and other chart-toppers. 

Bruno Mars

Chart Coup: With “That’s What I Like,” Mars scored his seventh Hot 100 No. 1 -- continuing his run as the most chart-topping male artist of the 2010s.

On Deck: The 24K Magic World Tour launches July 15 in Las Vegas.

Luda's Take: “We stayed at the same hotel years ago, and I remember doing shots together -- great f---ing time.”

The Chainsmokers 

Chart Coup: The EDM duo’s “Closer” spent 12 weeks atop the Hot 100 -- the most in the top five for any song in the chart’s history.

On Deck: Following the recent release of their debut LP, Memories...Do Not Open, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart will hit arenas on their Memories Tour through Aug. 25.

Ed Sheeran 

Chart Coup: With the debuts of “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill,” Sheeran became the first act to achieve two top 10s in one week.

On Deck: Sheeran is touring his Billboard 200-topping ÷ through March 2018.

Luda's Take: “His writing skills are out of this world -- very unique.”

Florida Georgia Line and John Legend

Chart Coup: “Cruise” and “H.O.L.Y.” notched FGL two of the three longest-ruling No. 1s on Hot Country Songs.


Chart Coup: The rapper’s More Life -- his seventh consecutive No. 1 on the Billboard 200 -- scored a record number of U.S. song streams for a single week: 384.8 million.

On Deck: Drake teased a possible OVO Fest in London at one of his Boy Meets World Tour shows there in February.


Nicki Minaj with Lil WayneDavid Guetta, and Jason Derulo

Chart Coup: Minaj recently bested Aretha Franklin for total chart entries by a woman on the Hot 100.

On Deck: The rapper’s label boss, Birdmanrecently told Billboard Minaj is hard at work on a new album.

Luda's Take: “She’s representing for women in hip-hop. We need more.”

This article originally appeared in the May 27 issue of Billboard.