And now for the third (fourth?) batch of additions to the roster at the Billboard Music Awards on May 19. Billboard just announced that Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj will hit the stage together, while Jennifer Lopez, Ed Sheeran, Chris Brown and Icona Pop have also been added to the festivities. And David Guetta has been tasked with entertaining the masses during commercial breaks, with Ne-Yo and Akon joining in to help the DJ.
As reported yesterday, JLo is also set to perform on the American Idol finale a few days before these awards. And we know she’s been working on a song with, sigh, Chris Brown — could they be debuting the track at the Billboard Awards? As for Icona Pop, this announcement comes on the heels of their first foray into the top 10 of the Hot 100 with “I Love It.” So we’re witnessing their breakout moment in real time, and that’s really cool!
Previously announced performers at the show include Christina Aguilera, Pitbull, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Miguel, Bruno Mars and Prince. Oh, you’d be forgiven if you forgot that, ya know, there are actual awards to be won at this thing. Swift, Maroon 5 and fun. lead the pack with nominations in 11 categories each.
The ceremony airs live Sunday, May 19 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.