The 2013 Billboard Music Awards will be returning to Las Vegas this year on Sunday, May 19th. This year for its third annual Icon Award, Billboard will be honoring legendary artist, Prince, during a live ABC broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The icon is also set to deliver what will likely be an unforgettable performance during the broadcast, produced by Don Mischer and sponsored by Chevrolet and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
Prince follows last year’s recipient, Stevie Wonder, who received a multi-tiered tribute, with Alicia Keys serving as the headliner.
This year’s awards show will reflect Billboard’s chart rankings based on key fan interactions with music, including album sales and downloads, track downloads, radio airplay and touring as well as streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Vevo, Youtube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music.
The measurements are tracked all through the year by Billboard and its data partners, which includes Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound, and the awards are based on the reporting period of Feb. 27, 2012 through Feb. 24, 2013. Top artists will be recognized in a variety of genres, including R&B, Rap, Pop, Country, Rock, Latin and Alternative.
As usual, we will keep you posted on more updates, including performers, presents, and even a full list of winners on May 20th, the day after the event.
Are you excited to see Prince perform? Do you think he deserves to be called an Icon? Share your thoughts with us!
Watch: Prince – Rock and Roll Love Affair Official Music Video