Little Big Town will perform “Girl Crush” on the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. They will be joined by country music star Faith Hill for a special rendition of their hit song. These stars join previously announced musical performers Kelly Clarkson, Hozier, Nick Jonas, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, along with special duet performances by “Empire” recording artists Jussie Smollett and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray with Estelle, Fall Out Boy featuring Wiz Khalifa, Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea and Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend. The 2015 Billboard Music Awards will be hosted by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen and broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 17, on ABC from 8:00 PM–11:00 PM ET.
Fun performer facts include:
- Little Big Town has claimed seven top 10 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart, including their latest No. 1 single, "Girl Crush." They previously scored a No. 1 with the 2012 smash hit "Pontoon," which has sold 2.5 million downloads in the U.S. according to Nielsen Music. Their most recent album, 2014's Pain Killer, became their fourth-consecutive top 10 effort on the Top Country Albums chart.
- Four-time Billboard Music Award winner Faith Hill has charted 23 top 10 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart, including nine No. 1s. Among her chart-topping singles are "This Kiss," "Breathe" and "Mississippi Girl." She's also earned three No. 1s on the Top Country Albums chart, where all eight of her albums have reached the top 10. She has sold 20 million albums in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music.
Critically acclaimed Country group, Little Big Town – consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook – first entered the music scene more than 15 years ago with hits such as “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home,” “Good As Gone” and Grammy-nominated single “Little White Church.” The quartet’s fifth studio album Tornado was released on September 11, 2012 and debuted at the top of the Billboard Country Chart where it stayed in the No. 1 position for five-consecutive weeks. The album has been certified Platinum with sales of more than 1 million copies.Tornado, produced by Jay Joyce, includes 2x Platinum-selling No. 1 single “Pontoon” and follow-up single and title-track “Tornado,” which also peaked in the No. 1 position. The Grammy-nominated track, “Your Side of the Bed” and fan-favorite “Sober” are also featured on the album. Little Big Town recently completed their sixth studio album, Pain Killer, working again with producer Jay Joyce. The critically acclaimed album was released on October 21st and features #1 gold-certified hit single "Day Drinking" and current Top 20, gold-certified single "Girl Crush." The foursome launched The Pain Killer Tour on November 8th in Youngstown, OH with openers Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne and continued the spring leg of the tour on March 5th in Savannah, GA with opener Chris Stapleton. The tour will continue this summer with openers Ashley Monroe and David Nail. Little Big Town fulfilled a career milestone and lifelong dream on October 3, 2014 when Reba McEntire asked them to become the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry. They were officially inducted two weeks later. For more information on Little Big Town visit www.littlebigtown.com.
Multi-GRAMMY Award winner FAITH HILL has a voice that is soulful, powerful, and unparalleled. She has built her career on passion, dedication, commitment and integrity and proved long ago that she was here to stay. As a young girl growing up in Star, Mississippi, Audrey Faith Perry found her passion for music and singing and followed her heart to Nashville at the age of 19.
In January 1994, Faith became the first female country artist in thirty years to spend multiple weeks at #1 with her debut single, “Wild One,” staying at the top of the country charts for 4 weeks. She followed that with three other #1 singles, including “It Matters To Me” from her second album.
In 1998, she released the career-changing hit single “This Kiss” and in 1999, “Breathe.” Both songs went to #1 on both the country and pop charts. Faith’s albums FAITH, BREATHE and CRY made her the first female artist to have three albums debut consecutively at #1 on Billboard’s Top 100 and Country charts. Co-producing those albums, as well as FIREFLIES, THE HITS and JOY TO THE WORLD, Faith has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, had 14 #1 hits, and won multiple awards from the Grammy’s, Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, People’s Choice Awards, and American Music Awards.
Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 10, 2014 through March 8, 2015. Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of a musician’s success.
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