2014 Billboard Music Awards
The finalists for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards were announced today with Imagine Dragons and Lorde leading all artists followed by Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18, on ABC from 8:00 PM–11:00 PM ET.
Jason Derulo, who will perform at the ceremony, broke the news this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America."
Imagine Dragons and Lorde were each named in 12 of the 40 award categories while Timberlake, Perry and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis followed with 11, 10 and eight categories, respectively.
Imagine Dragons are vying for their first Billboard Music Award this year. The quartet burned up the charts in 2013 with its album "Night Visions" (which is also a finalist for Top Rock Album) and its many hit singles, including "Radioactive," which broke the record for the most weeks ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Lorde also broke through in 2013 with her inescapable No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single "Royals" and debut album "Pure Heroine." The two top finalists will go head-to-head in nine categories, including Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Digital Songs Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Rock Artist, Top Rock Album, Top Hot 100 Song, Top Digital Song, Top Streaming Song (Audio), and Top Rock Song.
Timberlake could capture his first Billboard Music Award this year as a solo artist. Included in his 11 categories, are Top Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album. With his group 'N Sync, Timberlake earned five Billboard Music Awards, including the 2000 trophy for Album of the Year ("No Strings Attached").
Leading the song race with five title categories each are Lorde and Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell Williams with their respective Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s "Royals" and "Blurred Lines." Imagine Dragons and Perry both come in second with four finalist notches for "Radioactive" and "Roar," respectively.
Tying with two title categories each are Daft Punk and Pharrell's "Get Lucky," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton's "Can't Hold Us" and the duo's hit with Wanz's "Thrift Shop," in addition to Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" and Avicii's "Wake Me Up."
First time Billboard Music Award finalists include: Lorde (12 categories), Avicii (4 categories), Capital Cities (3 categories), Zedd (3 categories) and Sidewalk Prophets (1 category).
Rihanna, who is a finalist in five categories this year, has been a finalist at the Billboard Music Awards 49 times.
Timberlake has the most entries as a finalist for albums with three, including two entries for Top R&B Album with "The 20/20 Experience" and "The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)."
Luke Bryan leads all country acts with seven entries in six categories, including an appearance as a finalist in the overall Top Male Artist grouping.
Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 11, 2013 through March 9, 2014.
The "2014 Billboard Music Awards" is produced by Dick Clark Productions. Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan are Executive Producers. Larry Klein and Barry Adelman are Producers.
The 2014 Milestone Award presented by Chevrolet, will be given to an innovative artist who has achieved a notable chart milestone over the past year. The six finalists for this special editorial award were announced earlier last week on Billboard.com – they are: Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Luke Bryan, OneRepublic, Ellie Goulding and Carrie Underwood. Fans can vote for their favorite Milestone artist online at Billboard.com/milestone and can enter a contest for a chance to win an opportunity to present the award live at this year's event alongside global music superstar and Billboard Music Award winner Kelly Rowland.
The six finalists will be narrowed down to three finalists, who will be announced on the website on April 21. Voting will then continue through the first two hours of the live 2014 Billboard Music Awards broadcast, culminating with the announcement of the award winner during the last hour of the show.
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Miley Cyrus Covers "Elle"
Elle's May issue is shaping up to be a must-read; to highlight their Women in Music feature they asked Rookie Mag founder Tavi Gevinson to interview Miley Cyrus about a bunch of intriguing topics.
Cyrus and Gevinson vibe with their views on feminism ("I just want there to be equality for everybody," Cyrus says) and Miley extends it to her experience in the music industry:
"I mean, guy rappers grab their crotch all fucking day and have hos around them, but no one talks about it. But if I grab my crotch and I have hot model bitches around me, I'm degrading women?"
Cyrus reflects on how moving past Disney and dealing with a breakup with ex-fiancé Liam Hemsworth left her stronger. In fact, she's actually thankful for the intense training that came with being a Disney child star. "And now I'm free of both of those things, and I'm fine," she says. "I lay in bed at night by myself and I'm totally okay, and that's so much stronger than the person three years ago, who would have thought they would have died if they didn't have a boyfriend."
She also talks about the inspiration she gets from her fan base, particularly the LGBT faction:
"I have guys and girls that come out, and they're like, 'The only reason I'm able to admit that I'm gay is because you've made me feel like that's okay' … That gives me a big purpose—a reason to wake up in the morning that's bigger than to put on my fucking feathers and my little outfits."
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Justin Bieber Wakes Up In A New Bugatti
There are certain perks that come when you're hanging around YMCMB, and if Justin Bieber didn't know of them before, he surely knows them now.
On Monday morning (April 7), the Biebs hit up Instagram to show off his latest toy: a bright red Bugatti, courtesy of Cash Money co-founder Birdman.
"Uncle Stunna luv. My first Bugatti," he captioned a pic of himself sitting in the ride, followed by a crown-shaped emoji and the hashtag: "#genorosity."
Justin has developed a bond with YMCMB over the years. He and Lil Wayne walked boxing champ Floyd Mayweather into the ring last year, and in January, the Biebs posted videos of himself and Young Money president Mack Maine playing basketball.
Most recently, Bieber posed for an in-studio pic with Mack Maine, Birdman and their signee Austin Mahone, who he has recorded music with.
"Austin and Justin have met before, and they really respect each other's music," a source told MTV News of last week's studio session. "They work with a lot of the same producers and Justin knew Austin has been in the studio working on his album. Justin had a song he thought could be really perfect to do with Austin, so they got together in the studio."
No word on when or where the song will be released, but it seems to be coming along nicely. On Friday, Birdman took a pic with Bieber at a mixing board and gave fans an update. "Day 3 in studio late nite workin with nephew @justinbieber that @austinmahone song is a HIT just heard tha mix," he wrote on Instagram.
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Pharrell, Jay Z and Beyonce Among Webby Nominees
This year's list of nominees for Webby awards celebrating Internet achievement range from celebrities such as Beyoncé and Ellen DeGeneres to Google and GoPro, the maker of popular mountable video cameras.
The organizations with the most nominations are Vice Media with 11, The New York Times with 10, and Google Inc. with nine. Among the online videos nominated is "24 Hours of Happy," a 24-hour music video starring Pharrell Williams. Jay Z's album rollout with Samsung was nominated for its interactive media campaign.
The winners of the 18th annual awards will be announced April 29. The Webbys are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a group of about 1,000 Internet experts and professionals. Webby categories are split into a regular award, chosen by the academy, and a "people's voice" award, which lets members of the public vote.
Among the mobile apps and games nominated are the secret-sharing app Whisper, vacation rental site Airbnb and QuizUp. The viral ads category includes "The Epic Split" featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme, in which the action film star does a split in between two Volvo trucks, along with "Real Beauty Sketches" by Dove. The Citi Bike app, used for New York City's bike sharing program, is among the apps nominated in the city and urban innovation category which also includes PulsePoint, an app that lets people trained in CPR help people nearby who are in need of assistance.
This year's awards received more than 12,000 entries from over 60 countries. Of these, 8 percent were selected as nominees.
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Rihanna and Eminem to Unleash "The Monster"
Eminem and Rihanna's latest collaboration, "The Monster," spent four weeks atop the Hot 100 chart, yet the pair has yet to perform the smash single live. That will change on Sunday night (Apr. 13), when Em and Rih combine for the first live performance of "The Monster" at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.
The joint performance rounds out a lineup that also includes Ellie Goulding and Zedd combining for a medley of "Beating Heart" and "Find You," as well as twenty one pilots taking the stage with their single "Car Radio." Conan O'Brien will host this year's MTV Movie Awards, which will take place at Los Angeles' Nokia Theater beginning at 9:00 pm ET.
While "The Monster" has been Eminem's most successful single to date, the veteran rapper is moving on to "Headlights," which features fun. frontman Nate Ruess. Last weekend, Em revealed that he is working with Spike Lee on the "Headlights" music video.
The upcoming performance of "The Monster" will serve as an early preview of Eminem and Rihanna's co-headlining summer stadium tour (dubbed The Monster tour) that was announced earlier this year. The tour kicks off in Los Angeles on Aug. 7, and will also visit New York and Detroit.
The last time Eminem and Rihanna joined forces for an MTV awards show performance, it was in 2010, when the duo performed another No. 1 single, "Love The Way You Lie," at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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