It's just been revealed that for the third year in a row, Grammy Award-winning recording artist Ludacris will host the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. He will be joined by first-time host and international recording artist Ciara. It was also announced that this year's award show will move to the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The 2016 Billboard Music Awards will be the first non-Pay-Per-View live broadcast event from the new venue, which officially opened on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. The 2016 Billboard Music Awards is set to return to ABC and will broadcast LIVE SUNDAY MAY 22 8e|5p. This year's show will showcase big performances, unexpected collaborations and pop-culture moments that will have everyone talking.
"The Billboard Music Awards is one of best award shows to honor chart success. My great friend Ludacris and I have also shared songs together on the Billboard chart," said Ciara. "I look forward to sharing the stage with him on this special night. It will definitely be a night to remember!"
"It is my honor to host the Billboard Music Awards for the third year and a pleasure to host with my good friend Ciara," said Ludacris. "I'm looking forward to another great show in a new and exciting venue."
The 2016 Billboard Music Awards finalists will be announced on Monday, April 11 live on ABC's Good Morning America. Tune in to GMA in the 8 a.m. EDT hour when Ludacris and Ciara reveal finalists in six categories. Immediately following the broadcast, six additional categories will be exclusively announced live via Billboard Music Award's Facebook and Periscope, followed by a live stream on ABC News of the remaining categories.