Organizers Billboard and dick clark productions today announced the hip hop superstar will make his first-ever performance on the BBMAs stage this Sunday.
Kanye is no stranger to Billboard’s annual awards gala and he’s enjoyed numerous stints atop Billboard’s charts. The rapper is a five-time BBMAs winner and he’s landed six albums at the summit of the Billboard 200. Through his career, Yeezy has had nearly 70 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including the No. 1 singles “Gold Digger” and “Stronger,” and the top 10 tracks “FourFiveSeconds,” “Heartless” and “All Falls Down.”
Kanye’s BBMAs slot will play a big part in the build-up for his forthcoming album release Swish. If recent chart history is anything to go by, Swish will be another slam dunk. Already this year, Kanye has had five songs crack the Hot 100, including three collaborations with Paul McCartney (“FourFiveSeconds,” “Only One” and “All Day”).
The Billboard Music Awards will be beamed live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. It promises to be a particularly busy night for Taylor Swift. She’ll premiere her celeb-packed “Bad Blood” music video at the show and she leads all finalists with 14 nods, just ahead of Sam Smith with 13. The likes of Mariah Carey, Van Halen, Britney Spears with Iggy Azalea and many more will perform.