*Rihanna, the Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Taio Cruz are the first performers announced for the newly revived “Billboard Music Awards, which will air live May 22 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
More announcements are on the way, according to Billboard, and the full list of nominees will be unveiled tomorrow (April 13) at a press conference in Las Vegas, where the Billboard Music Awards will be broadcast live on ABC.
Tickets for the Billboard Music Awards start at $57.75 and are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.
The Billboard Music Awards will reflect Billboard’s chart rankings based on key fan interactions with music, including album, single and digital sales, radio play, touring, streaming and social interactions on MySpace, Facebook and other popular online destinations for music.
Top artists will be recognized in a variety of genres, including R&B, Rap, Pop, Country, Rock, Latin and Alternative.
“This show marks the first of several broadcast platforms we plan to build around the Billboard franchise,” said Richard D. Beckman, CEO of Prometheus Global Media, which owns Billboard. “We have an incredible network partner and with Don Mischer, one of the finest producers in the world. We look forward to entertaining music fans with Billboard’s own rendition of a televised celebration of music.”