Tonight is the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. This year's event is hosted by Ludacris and Ciara and it's broadcasting on ABC at 8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PT live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
If you’re just now tuning in, here’s who is scheduled to perform: Fifth Harmony with Ty Dolla $ign, Justin Bieber, Meghan Trainor, Demi Lovato, Kesha, Rihanna, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, DNCE, P!nk, Madonna, Nick Jonas with Tove Lo, Celine Dion, Troye Sivan, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, The Go-Go’s, and Shawn Mendes.
Last week, Kesha was at the center of another controversy, reportedly planning to do a statement performance that would contain direct references to her ongoing legal battle with Dr. Luke. Kemosabe Records canceled the performance, and her fans were visibly upset with #FreeKesha campaigns on social media. After Kesha debunked the rumors about her performance on Instagram, Kemosabe Records shared a press release confirming that the performance was back on after getting reassurance it would not reference Kesha and Dr. Luke’s lawsuit.
Kesha has kept tonight’s performance a surprise after performing the Bob Dylan cover she was planning to do at the BBMAs at Ben Folds’ concert in Los Angeles. So stay tuned for that and more as we update this post with each performance throughout the evening.
Madonna and Stevie Wonder Prince tribute
Fifth Harmony and Ty Dolla $ign "Work From Home"
Justin Bieber "Company" and "Sorry"
Nick Jonas and Tove Lo "Close" & Demi Lovato "Cool for the Summer"
Kesha "It Ain't Me, Babe" (Bob Dylan Cover)
Rihanna "Love on the Brain"
Céline Dion “The Show Must Go On”
Ariana Grande "Into You"