The performances at tomorrow night's show feature the best and the newest of hot music. Some of the more exciting ones include Pitbull and Christina Aguilera, with a "special guest" on their smash, Feel This Moment, David Guetta, with Akon and Ne Yo on Play Hard, will.i.am and the Biebs on their latest collaboration #thatPower, Pibull again with J-Lo on their very nice tune Live It Up, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne with High School, as well as performances by Taylor Swift, Brino Mars, Miguel, Selena Gomez, The Band Perry, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and more! Sounds pretty good, right?
As with many awards shows, special honors will bestowed upon special artists for their extraordinary contributions to the world of music, and this year Prince will be receiving the Billboard Icon Award for, well, his massive presence in the world of pop music over the past thirty-plus years in the biz. One of the moments I'll be looking forward to the most is an appearance by the one and only Madonna (with whom Prince once recorded a song) to receive an award for her massively successful MDNA Tour. Madge's latest tour was the top-grossing of the year and I proudly admit I contributed to her $305 million take by going three times. Yes!
The presenters at the 2013 BMA's read like a who's who in the music industry over the past ten years or so. Look for Korean upstart Psy, Cee Lo, Shania Twain, Kelly Rowland, Miley Cyrus, Carly Rae Jepson, Ke$ha, Alanis Morisette, Wiz Khalifa and more to be on hand presenting all of the awards.
The Awards (and my picks!)
Of course, the main idea of the whole evening is not the lineup of stars performing or presenting, but the awards themselves. Billboard Magazine has long been the record keeper of all things music it's only fitting that the awards bestowed upon artists by them are among the most viable in the industry. Herein is a listing of the nominees in some of the top categories along with my picks as to who I'm rooting for...
Artist of the Year
So who's had the best year out of this small crop of artists? Well, out of the lot of them my favorite has to be Ri-Ri, but somehow I don't think she'll take the cake here. I'm going to predict a win for either the Biebs or Ms. Swift.
Hot 100 Song
Some Nights - Fun
Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye
Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepson
One More Night - Maroon 5
Payphone - Maroon 5, with Wiz Khalifa
Gotye and Fun took Album of the Year and Song of the Year at the Grammy's, but I'm not so sure Fun will do as well this time around (their Grammy was for We Are Young), so look for Gotye to take the prize here.
Top Billboard 200 Album
21 - Adele
Babel - Mumford and Sons
Take Me Home - One Direction
Up All Night - One Direction
Red - Taylor Swift
Since Babel took the honors at the Grammy's, I'm thinking that they're a lock here.
Top Duo or Group
Mumford and Sons
My favorite here would be for Fun, for whom my admiration has grown greatly with time, but somehow I'm thinking that maybe the teeny boppers win it here.
Top New Artist
Carly Rae Jepson
Hmmm, all but One Direction have really hit the big time more than once, so I'm thinking they've got this one locked up, too.
For a complete list of all the award nominees, check out Billboard.
The BMA's will air live from Las Vegas on Sunday, May 19th at 8 p.m. on ABC, with crazy-ass comedian Tracey Morgan hosting. Check out the Billboard link above for more.