*Lil Wayne will team up with Mary J. Blige, Pitbull will join Ne-Yo and Nayer, and Far* East Movement will be joined by both Snoop Dogg and Ryan Tedder for special collaborative performances at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, which airs Sunday from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Lil Wayne joins Mary J. Blige to perform “Someone to Love Me,” the first taste of Blige’s forthcoming album, “My Life II: The Journey Continues.” The song is already a top 40 hit on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart — marking Blige’s 42nd top 40 R&B hit, which is the most by a female artist since 1990.
Ne-Yo and Nayer join Pitbull to perform his new hit, “Give Me Everything,” which is currently No. 4 on the Hot 100. The track, featured on Pitbull’s forthcoming album “Planet Pit,” is his seventh top 10 song on the tally since 2009.
After climbing to the top of the Hot 100 with “Like a G6” last fall, electro-pop group Far*East Movement will perform two of its follow-up hits, “Rocketeer” and “If I Was You (OMG),” with the help of Ryan Tedder and Snoop Dogg, respectively.
Along with the collaborative performances, the Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Keith Urban, Taio Cruz, Cee Lo Green, Lady Antebellum, Nicki Minaj, Ke$ha and OneRepublic will take the stage at the ceremony. Beyoncé will receive the 2011 Billboard Millennium Award for her career achievements, while Neil Diamond will receive the 2011 Billboard Icon Award and deliver a special performance.
Taylor Swift, Bret Michaels, Sarah Hyland, Randy Jackson, Lucy Hale and Eric Stonestreet have also been added as presenters at the ceremony, joining previously announced stars Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kylie Minogue, Trey Songz, Scott Weiland and Joe Jonas, among others.
Rihanna, Eminem, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber lead the finalists for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, which were announced in April at a press conference in Las Vegas.
“The Hangover Part II’s” Ken Jeong hosts.