Ludacris to host 2014 Billboard Music Awardsby jmaloni
dick clark productions and Billboard have announced Grammy Award-winning recording artist and actor Ludacris will host the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. The show will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18, at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Ludacris will take to the Billboard stage while in the midst of filming his role in the highly anticipated "Fast & Furious 7." The musician-turned-actor has received many of the music industry's top accolades for his work, including Grammy Awards for "Best Rap/Song Collaboration" for the song "Yeah!" in 2005, "Best Rap Song" for "Money Maker," and "Best Rap Album" for the album Release Therapy in 2007. He has also received 12 nominations from the BET Awards, winning two: "Viewer's Choice" for "Yeah!" in 2004 and "Best Collaboration" for "Runaway Love" in 2007. He also earned five No. 1 albums on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and 29 top 10 singles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. On the Billboard Hot 100, he's earned 18 top 10 singles - the third most of any hip-hop artist in history after Jay Z (21) and Lil Wayne (19). Ludacris' upcoming album, "Ludaversal," is due out this fall.
In addition to his heavily awarded music career, Ludacris is an esteemed actor, having appeared in the acclaimed indie drama "Hustle & Flow," the smash hit "Fast and the Furious" sequels "2 Fast 2 Furious," "Fast Five," and "Fast & Furious 6," and the 2006 Academy Award Best Picture Winner, "Crash," which earned him the prestigious Screen Actors Guild and Critics' Choice awards. He has also had a recurring role as Darius Parker in the long-running hit television series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."