dick clark productions announced today the hosts of the "T-Mobile Magenta Carpet Live at the BBMAs," the official pre-show for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.
Jessie James Decker, AJ Gibson, Jeannie Mai and Sirius XM's Sway Calloway will host the T-Mobile Stages, while Chris Daughtry and Laura Marano will host the Xfinity Stage. The two-hour pre-show will be LIVE from the Magenta Carpet at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 21 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. EDT|3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. PDT. The pre-show will be available to logged-in and logged-out audiences on Twitter and connected devices, and can be found at BBMAs.twitter.com or via @BBMAs.
Produced by dick clark productions, the stream will be available exclusively on Twitter where fans can watch and participate in the live Magenta Carpet experience. Featuring exclusive interviews, interactive Twitter polls and a star-studded lineup of nominees, performers and presenters, fans will be able to engage in real-time conversation on the platform as some of the biggest moments of the night unfold. Questions sourced from Twitter using #AskBBMAs will also enable fans to participate in the Magenta Carpet experience.
As part of the live stream, comprehensive advertising packages are available via Twitter.
The 2017 Billboard Music Awards will broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 21, at 8:00 p.m. EDT|5:00 p.m. PDT on ABC. This year's award ceremony will showcase big performances, unexpected collaborations and much-discussed pop-culture moments.
As the frontman for the band bearing his name, Daughtry has become one of the most visible and consistent rock & roll torchbearers of the 21st century. Since rising to prominence on the fifth season of "American Idol," he has released four studio albums, all of which reached the Billboard 200 chart's top 10 and have combined sales over eight million copies worldwide. Daughtry's self-titled debut hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, which contained four top 20 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100, including the Grammy-nominated smash "It's Not Over." "Leave This Town" also reached No. 1 in 2009, while 2011's "Break the Spell" was certified gold. His group's most recent record, 2013's "Baptized," featured the platinum-selling "Waiting for Superman," which the singer points to as a turning point in his songwriting. Daughtry and his band have been performing together for over a decade. "Like anything with a ten year relationship, you know more about each other than you do most of your family," says Chris Daughtry. One thing that has kept the fire burning for Daughtry has been the need to constantly challenge himself creatively. He has collaborated with artists from Timbaland to Vince Gill to Carlos Santana and took on the role of Judas Iscariot in the 2016 live television performance of "The Passion," and even fulfilled a lifelong dream by drawing the cover of a "Batman" comic which was rated one of the top 25 covers of the year by BatmanNews.com. As the band continues work on its fifth album (which Daughtry describes in its early stages as having a "bluesy, almost rootsy undertone to it"), they look to contemporaries like Maroon 5 and Train as examples of acts able to maintain their relevance while rock & roll faces an uphill struggle in the mass media. Ten years after launching with a massive splash, Chris Daughtry claims that he and the band have grown the most on stage, and that it's altered his whole sense of his work. "When we first came out, I'd only known what I'd seen," he says. "I didn't know how to be vulnerable, with no pretense. Now it's walk onstage and, especially in our acoustic shows, just be flat-out honest and open. It's really helped me realize that's actually what fans want—they want 100 percent honesty and feeling like they got to know you better."
Superstar country music singer/songwriter and style entrepreneur Jessie James Decker began singing at nine years old and was already attracting attention in Music City for her gritty, genuine vocals by the age of fifteen. Her 2009 self-titled debut album features the gold certified single "Wanted." Her two most recent EPs, 2014's "Comin' Home," and "Gold," released in February 2017 on Epic Records, hit #1 on the iTunes chart and top 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums Chart. "Gold" includes Decker's new hit single, "Lights Down Low." With over five million followers across her social media, Decker is a massive influencer with a legion of dedicated fans. Her first nationwide, headlining tour in 2015 sold out almost instantly. With her powerhouse vocals and genuine personality, Decker is carrying the torch for strong females in country music.
TV personality and pop culture expert AJ Gibson brings a unique blend of charm and charisma to every TV and red carpet appearance, while also going just a bit deeper in a way that only he can. AJ is a kind, relatable and an all-around nice guy, who mixes equal parts humor and compassion in a balancing act that's often difficult to pull off live, but which AJ executes effortlessly. Authenticity in Hollywood can sometimes seem elusive, but AJ is as genuine as they come, which is why he has quickly emerged as a face and voice that viewers look forward to connecting with for years to come!
Actress and singer Laura Marano is widely known for her starring role as "Ally" in the Disney Channel international hit TV series "Austin & Ally." She won "Best Actress on TV" at the Kids Choice Awards and has received multiple Teen Choice Awards nominations. Laura has over 11 million followers on her socials. Marano released the fabulous single "Boombox" last year on Big Machine Records for which the video garnered over 45 million views. Laura was also named one of Vevo's Top 10 Emerging Artists. She also wrote and performed the theme song to the latest video for the animated "Miraculous Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir," which made its debut at San Diego Comic-Con. Laura also has her own weekly radio show on the Radio Disney Network and has developed her own apparel and accessories brand after curating a collection of prom dresses for the brand Sherri Hill. She has appeared in the 2015 feature film "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip" and co-hosted TLC's "Say Yes to The Prom Dress." Laura is currently filming two feature films; "War With Grandpa," alongside Robert Deniro, Uma Thurman and Christopher Walken, and she recently finished filming the Greta Gerwig-directed high school drama, "Ladybird" with Saoirse Ronan. In addition to singing and acting, Laura has hosted the red carpet for the AMA's and the Billboard Music Awards which she will be doing again this month. She also has her own weekly radio show, "For The Record," on the Radio Disney Network. She has developed her own apparel and accessories brand after curating a collection of dresses for the brand Sherri Hill.
Jeannie Mai is a style expert, television personality and producer. Jeannie can be seen as one of four energetic co-host's on Fox's Emmy® Nominated talk show "The Real." Bringing her sassy personality and her style expertise to the forefront Jeannie has been a recurring fashion correspondent for many popular shows such as "Today Show," "Entertainment Tonight," "Insider" and "E! News." It has always been Jeannie's mission to inspire and empower women, recently, Jeannie was honored by Ciroc, Variety and WWD Magazine as one of their 2016 Women of Empowerment.
An icon of hip-hop culture and a pivotal part of the MTV and VH1 teams, Sway Calloway has been a staple within music-news for almost two decades. Already a vanguard radio personality, record producer and hip-hop artist, Sway joined the MTV News team in 2000 and has been front and center for some of music's biggest moments. Sway first caught the public's eye when he and his partner King Tech (Tech) staged break dancing and rap performances in and around their hometown of Oakland, California. Recognizing Sway's instincts for great sound and promising talent, Interscope enlisted him and Tech to produce an album called "This or That," featuring artists such as Eminem, KRS-One and RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. He has been the key correspondent for various MTV's political awareness campaigns such as the "Choose or Lose" and "Power of '12" campaign for the network. Since his involvement, he has interviewed various political leaders like Republican National Committee Chair Ed Gillespie, Hillary Clinton, Ron Paul, John McCain and Mitch Romney. The presidential campaigns throughout the years presented stellar opportunities for Sway. Throughout the years he has sat down with President Barak Obama six times. Sway's other MTV News endeavors have included the "All Eyes" series which featured top artists like Kanye West and 50 Cent, "MTV News Now: Jay-Z vs. Nas: Beats, Battles & Beef," "MTV News Presents: After the Storm" and the highly anticipated yearly "Hottest MC's" list. He is also an integral part of MTV News' annual live-event coverage of the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA's), Grammy pre-show and the EMA's (European Music Awards). Sway also serves as an MTV Executive Producer and brings new programming ideas to the station. He can see and hear him on MTV2 serving as a host and voice for the channel. He most recently assisted with the launch of the new MTV2 show, "Off the Bat" from the MLB Cave which is Executive Produced by Boston Red Sox standout, David Ortiz a/k/a "Big Papi". His work continues throughout the nation and community where he has been a part of initiative like "Get Schooled", "College Signing Day" and various panels and discussions hosting and moderating on important issues like Hate Crimes, Racism and Education. Lastly, be sure to listen Monday through Friday on Sirius XM's popular morning show, SWAY IN THE MORNING on the international superstar Eminem's Shade45 channel entertaining the "Citizens" from 8am-12pm (est.)
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).
Tickets are now on sale for the "2017 Billboard Music Awards." To purchase tickets online, fans should go to www.axs.com or www.t-mobilearena.com.