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Grammy Award-winning Ludacris, superstar Ciara to host 2016 Billboard Music Awards live on ABC

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Fri, Apr 8th 2016 09:00 pm

To be broadcast from new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 22

Finalists to be announced on 'Good Morning America' Monday

dick clark productions and ABC announced today the 2016 Billboard Music Awards will be hosted for the third year in a row by Grammy Award-winning recording artist Ludacris. First-time host and international recording artist Ciara will join him.

It was also announced this year's award show will move to the brand-new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The 2016 Billboard Music Awards will be the first non-pay-per-view live broadcast event from the new venue, which officially opened on Wednesday, April 6.

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards is set to return to ABC and will broadcast live on Sunday, May 22 (8-11 p.m. ET). This year's show will showcase big performances, unexpected collaborations and pop-culture moments that will have everyone talking. 

"The Billboard Music Awards is one of best award shows to honor chart success. My great friend Ludacris and I have also shared songs together on the Billboard chart," Ciara said. "I look forward to sharing the stage with him on this special night. It will definitely be a night to remember!"

"It is my honor to host the Billboard Music Awards for the third year and a pleasure to host with my good friend Ciara," Ludacris said. "I'm looking forward to another great show in a new and exciting venue."

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards finalists will be announced Monday, April 11, live on ABC's "Good Morning America." Tune in during the 8 a.m. hour when Ludacris and Ciara reveal finalists in six categories. Immediately following the broadcast, six additional categories will be exclusively announced live via Billboard Music Award's Facebook and Periscope, followed by a live stream on ABC News of the remaining categories.

Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social engagement. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 23, 2015, through March 17, 2016. Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of a musician's success.

ABC's three-hour telecast of the 2015 Billboard Music Awards scored an across-the-board victory, ranking No. 1 in its 8-11 p.m. time slot in total viewers, all key Adults and teens 12-17. Delivering its third-straight year of total viewer growth (up 5 percent - 11.2 million vs. 10.7 million) and gaining adults 18-49 (9 percent - 3.8/12 vs. 3.5/10), the Billboard Music Awards generated its most watched telecast in 14 years and earned a 12-year high in young adults - since 2001 and 2003, respectively. In addition, the annual show was up for the third year with teens 12-17 (3 percent) to post its highest rating since 2003.

For additional information on the 2016 Billboard Music Awards visit www.billboardmusicawards.com or the Billboard hub atwww.billboard.com/bbma.

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