Nicki Minaj To Open the 2017 Billboard Music Awards

By Scott Strauss | May 18th, 2017

dick clark productions and ABC today announced that multi-platinum artist Nicki Minaj will open the 2017 Billboard Music Awards with an epic nine-minute performance featuring special guests Jason Derulo, David Guetta and Lil Wayne.

2017 marks the fourth appearance for Minaj on the Billboard Music Awards stage, as well as her first television performance since breaking Aretha Franklin's long-standing record for Female Artist charting the most songs on the Billboard Hot 100. 

Ludacris and Vanessa Hudgens will host the 2017 Billboard Music Awards along with previously announced performers on the broadcast, Miley CyrusCeline DionThe Chainsmokers, Sam Hunt, HalseyCamila Cabello, Drake, Florida Georgia Line, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Lorde, Bruno Mars, Julia Michaels, Ed Sheeran, and the 2017 Billboard Music Awards ICON Award recipient, Cher.

The 2017 Billboard Music Awards will broadcast LIVE on both coasts from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 21, at 8:00 p.m. EDT|5:00 p.m. PDT on ABC..

RELATED: See the list of 2017 Billboard Music Awards nominees

Fans can still vote online and on Twitter for the Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented by Xfinity and Top Social Artist. Voting for both categories will remain open until May 21, 2017, at 9:00 p.m. EDT|6:00 p.m. PDT (one hour into the live broadcast).

Billboard Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement. 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 18, 2016 through March 16, 2017. 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 success in music.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. Note, not all performances noted above will originate from the T-Mobile arena. To purchase tickets online, fans should go to www.axs.com or www.t-mobilearena.com.

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