The Billboard Music Award have been drip-feeding the live lineup this year, but the latest addition is at least one you will want to watch.
Billboard confirmed today that Rihanna will perform on the “2016 Billboard Music Awards,” almost ten years to the day since her first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (“SOS” hit the charts on May 13, 2006, and spent a total of three weeks at No. 1).
The “2016 Billboard Music Awards” will broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on SUNDAY, MAY 22 at 8:00 p.m. EDT / 5:00 p.m. PDT on ABC. This is also the first year that the West Coast will watch the show live along with fellow fans on the East Coast.
This year’s show will be hosted by hip-hop artist Ludacris and Ciara. Rihanna joins previously announced performers Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, DNCE, The Go-Go’s, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes, P!nk, “Kia’s One to Watch” Troye Sivan, Britney Spears, and collaborations with Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Nick Jonas with Tove Lo, and Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, and Madonna will honor Prince.
Rihanna has taken the music, entertainment and fashion industry by storm. As an accomplished performer, she has sold 60 million albums and 215 million digital tracks worldwide making her the top-selling digital artist of all time.
She’s put out 8 albums, achieved 14 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and won 8 Grammy Awards. With over 8.5 billion views and 21 Vevo certified videos she is the most viewed female artist on Vevo/YouTube and is one of the biggest artists on Facebook with over 81 million likes.
In addition, she’s successfully launched six fragrances, is PUMA’s global ambassador for Women’s Training and now serves as the creative director of the brand, bringing her styling sensibilities and innovation to PUMA’s collections. The first drop of the PUMA creeper collection sold out in just three hours and continues to fly off the shelves with every release. Aside from PUMA, her limited capsule collection with Manolo Blahnik is in stores now. As of July 2015, Rihanna also serves as contributing creative director and punk & poet brand ambassador for Stance.
Rihanna is also a finalist for this year’s fan-voted Billboard Chart Achievement Award. Fans can vote for their favorite artist who has accomplished an outstanding and rare achievement on the Billboard music charts over the past year.