The Billboard Music Awards 2016 billed for 22 May has added some new faces to its line-up with Madonna and possibly Kesha set to appear. The queen of pop will entertain the audience with a tribute to late musician Prince while Kesha is reportedly preparing to deliver a particularly memorable performance.
Billboard is keeping details of Madonna's performance under tight wraps announcing only that the 57-year-old singer will honour her "friend and fellow artiste" at the awards ceremony. Hinting that she will perform her 1989 collaboration with the late icon, Madonna tweeted a photo of herself holding an umbrella with the caption: "Don't Reign on my Parade! This is not a Love Song."
After learning of Prince's death on 21 April 2016, Madonna shared several photos on Instagram in tribute to the icon and wrote: "He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss. I'm Devastated. This is Not A Love Song."
TMZ has reported that Timber singer Kesha will give a "statement performance" at the BBMAs with Dr Luke at the centre of her message. In a lawsuit, Kesha, 28, accuses Dr Luke of abuse although he strenuously denies the claims. Sources tell the website that Kesha is planning to mention Dr Luke's name and may even show his images on a screen. Neither Kesha nor Billboard have confirmed her performance.
The BBMAs 2016 will also see confirmed performances from the likes of Justin Bieber, Fifth Harmony, Nick Jonas and Britney Spear. R'n'b star The Weeknd is the frontrunner to take home the most awards after receiving 19 nominations while Justin Bieber, Adele and Taylor Swift are among the top contenders.
It has been announced that renowned vocalist Celine Dion, 48, will receive the Icon award in honour of her career spanning three decades, which has included four number one albums and more than 250 million records sold worldwide. Mark Bracco, executive producer of BBMAs, said: "Celine Dion has a huge repertoire of monster hits and she personally chose to perform The Show Must Go On as her Icon performance on the Billboard Music Awards. I think at this moment in her life, the song has many meanings and it's an amazing choice."
Rapper Ludacris and r'n'b singer Ciara will host the BBMAs live at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.