Your favorite artists will gather together Sunday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in celebration of the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. And according to Mark Bracco, the executive producer of the ABC telecast, this is one toe-tapping ceremony music lovers will not want to miss.
“The show is going to be filled with a lot of emotion,” he teased in a statement to Billboard, dishing that the event, which is set to air live Sunday, May 22, at 8 p.m. EDT, will pull out all the stops during the 24th annual ceremony. The event, hosted by Ludacris and Ciara, will kick off with a performance by Britney Spears. The songstress will take to the stage to perform a medley of her greatest hits, which means viewers can expect “a couple dozen dancers plus costume changes.”
Madonna will also grace the stage to pay a tribute to Prince with an “intimate” performance. “It will be on of the emotional highlights of the show,” Bracco said. Other artists set to perform include Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pink. Bracco dished that viewers won’t want to miss Pink’s high-energy performance of her newest single “Just Like Fire,” which she's been practicing off-site for a week.
"She has done incredible award performances — she has flown through the air; there have been acrobatics and fire — but it's all going to come together in this performance,” he told the outlet.
And as if there weren’t already enough reasons to tune into the 2016 Billboard Awards, it was announced that Adele will debut a new music video for the song “Send My Love (To Your New Lover).” Although Adele won’t be attending the ceremony due to her sold-out tour, she did give fans a teaser of what’s to come in an Instagram video.
The 2016 Billboard Music Awards will air on ABC Sunday, May 22, at 8 p.m. EDT. That means viewers can watch the ceremony on TV, steam it through the ABC go website or watch it on the mobile app. To watch the ceremony online, log in with your participating TV provider account and enjoy the show! The 2015 event was also streamed live by Billboard and Hulu, which first time users can receive a free trial, so be sure to check out if a video will be shared by the outlets.