Emmy winners Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell, also known as Claire and Phil Dunphy on the ABC comedy "Modern Family," have been announced as hosts of The 2012 Billboard Music Awards, which airs live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20 (8 to 11 p.m.), on the ABC Television Network.
"We are thrilled to have television's favorite Emmy Award winning couple as our hosts for this year's Billboard Music Awards," said Richard D. Beckman, CEO Prometheus Global Media. "Ty and Julie have captured the hearts of America with their on-screen chemistry and humor - and we look forward to having them bring that magic to the Billboard Music Awards."
Finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album, single and digital sales, airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on MySpace, Facebook and many of the other most popular online destinations for music. The awards will be based on the reporting period of Feb. 28, 2011 through March 1, 2012.
Bowen stars in the acclaimed "Modern Family" as harried suburban mom "Claire Dunphy," a role for which she received an Emmy in 2011. Raised in Baltimore, Bowen caught the acting bug as a child while putting on plays with her two sisters in their backyard. She attended Brown University, where she starred in "Guys and Dolls," "Stage Door" and "Lemon Sky." While earning her degree in Italian Renaissance studies, she also spent a year in Florence, Italy and became fluent in Italian.
Bowen starred in "Ed" and recently completed work on the feature film "Knife Fight," opposite Rob Lowe. In the advertising world, Bowen has been both the face of Neutrogena and the voice of Pampers. She has also lent her support to the charitable efforts of Maxwell House and March of Dimes.
With a range of performances in television, contemporary film, and classic theater, Burrell continues to prove himself as one of the finest and most versatile actors today. Currently, he stars as "Phil Dunphy" on "Modern Family." Season four will air this fall. He's currently in production voicing the lead role of Mr. Peabody in the DreamWorks Animation 3D feature "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," based on the classic "dog and his pet boy" cartoon that appeared as part of the "Rocky and Bullwinkle Show." The film is scheduled to be released on March 14, 2014. He will soon begin production on "Switch" opposite Mos Def, John Hawkes, Jen Aniston and Dennis Quaid.
Burrell won the 2011 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, having been nominated the year prior in the same category. He also shared the TCA award with Nick Offerman for Individual Achievement in Comedy this past August, after his second nomination, and received two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series.
The Billboard Music Awards is co-executive produced by Beckman and Don Mischer Productions.
Visit www.Billboard.com/BBMA for a complete list of finalists. Music fans can also follow news about the show or related events on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Billboard or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/billboard.
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