The 2017 Billboard Music Awards air tonight at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) on ABC live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and music fans are looking forward to not just the presentation of awards, but also the many performances set to take place.
As suggested by its name, the Billboard Awards are held annually by Billboard, a publication and music popularity chart that covers the music business. Stats regarding album and single sales/streams are released weekly via charts (e.g. Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 Albums Chart), and during the annual awards ceremony, those artists who dominate the charts are honored throughout the evening.
In addition to handing out awards, Billboard also features a number of artists who take the stage and deliver mind-blowing performances. Tonight’s show, hosted by Ludacris and Vanessa Hudgens, will feature performances from several of the music industry’s hottest acts, Celine Dion, Cher, Bruno Mars, Drake and many others.
Check out the full list of 2017 Billboard Music Awards performers below!
Currently promoting his third album release, 24K Magic, Bruno Mars has been tearing up the charts with the singles from the project, including the debut single of the same name and That’s What I Like.
According to reports, Mars will be performing his third single, Versace on the Floor, tonight at the Billboard Music Awards, but he won’t be doing it from the BBMAs stage in Vegas. Instead, the performance was reportedly pre-recorded during the Amsterdam stop of his 24K Magic Tour.
Camila Cabello, formerly of the girl group Fifth Harmony, is said to be performing her new single “Crying at the Club.”
Last year at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, Celine Dion received the esteemed Icon Award, and just one year later, the music legend will be taking the stage to perform “My Heart Will Go On” in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Titanic.
After catching the rehearsal of her breathtaking performance on Thursday night (May 18), Billboard asked Dion what it means to her to be performing the song on the BBMAs 20 years after the Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper was released.
“It’s still number one! [Laughs.] To be honest with you, it’s an honor,” Dion says. “My husband always told me that I wanted to have a career as long as I sing my whole life. Twenty years later, I’m at the Billboard Awards and I was here last year singing ‘The Show Must Go On,’ receiving the Icon award — my son gave it to me, and it was pretty emotional. To be here [in T-Mobile Arena], it’s still emotional, because I can still feel and see what happened last year.”