The annual Billboard Music Awards are going to be back soon! It will feature a powerful tribute to iconic, deceased musician Prince and lest we not forget the rest of the coveted artists who will take the stage. So far, they include Britney Spears, who will open with a seven minute medley of songs; Justin Bieber; Rihanna; Nick Jonas with singer Tove Lo, with 2014 hits “Habits (Stay High)” and “Talking Body”; Demi Lovato; Troye Sivan, newcomer and singer behind hit “Youth”; rock newcomers Lukas Graham, with their beautiful, lyrical hit “Seven Years”; and more.
Madonna will be doing the tribute to Prince, Billboard themselves announced. Kesha will cover Bob Dylan’s song “It Ain’t Me Babe.” Nominees for Top Artist include The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, Adele, Drake, and Justin Bieber. For top 100 song, the Weeknd is nominated twice in the category for “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills.” His competitors include Adele with “Hello”, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth with See You Again, and “Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap.
Adele is set to premiere a new song, “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”, as music video, and she and Drake are not confirmed to be in attendance that night, according to the Associated Press.
Once again, other music is overlooked. The music focused on is predominantly pop or hip-hop as the performers are, and other iconic musicians in other genres, like rock and other obscure genres like the alternative genre, seem to be mostly excluded.