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Originally posted 05/17/2013 02:00PM
It makes sense that a star comedian like Tracy Morgan would have a way with words.
So, as he gears up to host Sunday's 2013 Billboard Music Awards, the funnyman says he chooses his terms wisely when describing how he feels about his hosting duties.
"Words take on meaning," he explained to PEOPLE on Wednesday. "If I say, 'I'm nervous,' then I'm going to be nervous. If I'm excited, then I can't wait for it to start. People who are nervous can't wait for it to be over. Nervousness is negative to me. Excitement is the way I like to use it."
Originally posted 04/22/2013 11:55AM
It's a three-way tie: Taylor Swift, Maroon 5 and fun. are finalists in 11 categories for this year's Billboard Music Awards.
Rihanna, Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction are up for 10, nine and eight trophies, respectively, Billboard also announced on Monday.
Swift, Maroon 5, Rihanna, One Direction and Justin Bieber will compete for the top artist award. Adele's 10-million-selling 2011 album, "21," won top Billboard 200 album last year and is up for the award this year. It will vie with Swift's "Red," Mumford & Sons' "Babel," as well as One Direction's albums – "Up All Night" and "Take Me Home" – both released last year.
Originally posted 05/21/2012 12:40AM
Justin Bieber isn't her "Boyfriend," but he was Cady Eimer's date for a night at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday.
Who is Cady Eimer? The 18-year-old Virginia high school student had been asking the superstar to go to her senior prom with her for several years via her website, but Bieber had to decline the invitation because of prior obligations.
But Bieber had another idea.
"I couldn't make it [to prom] so I said I need you to fly to the Billboard Awards and you can be my date," he told PEOPLE. "She's a big fan and I thought it would be fun."
Originally posted 05/21/2012 12:00AM
It was a night of tributes at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday.
The evening's most emotional moment came during a tribute to the late Whitney Houston. While Jordin Sparks performed the singer's iconic hit "I Will Always Love You," Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, broke down in tears before taking the stage to accept the Millennium Award on her mom's behalf.
"I really want to say thank you to everyone who supported us through it all," said Brown, who stood alongside Whitney's manager and sister-in-law Patricia Houston. "Not just from when it was good but when it was bad, too. Thank you for showing that much love, because she deserved it ... I'm just blessed to have been in such an incredible woman's life. There will never be another one, ever."
Originally posted 05/20/2012 12:00PM
Is Katy Perry trying to send a message to Russell Brand?
The singer, whose divorce from Brand is supposed to be finalized next month, is set to sing a revealing breakup song, "Wide Awake" off her latest album, this Sunday at The Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, PEOPLE has learned.
"It's obviously about Russell," a source said, though Perry has not publicly confirmed it.
The song speaks about being blinded by love, including the lyrics, "I wish I knew then what I know now – wouldn't dive in, wouldn't bow down."
Originally posted 04/19/2012 03:10PM
It was the lip-lock at the Billboard Music Awards last year that confirmed all those rumors about Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez
Now, the "Boyfriend" crooner, 18, who got that celebratory smooch from Gomez after he took the top new artist honor, will be back this year for the show in Las Vegas as a performer.
The Biebs joins Carrie Underwood and LMFAO in taking the stage Sunday, May 20, at the MGM Grand for the awards which air live at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
– Dahvi Shira
Originally posted 05/22/2011 08:30PM
It was just like 2010 all over again: Taylor Swift was the first winner of the night at Sunday's 2011 Billboard Music Awards, where she was named 200 Album Artist of the Year – for Speak Now.
More than two hours later, she collected another trophy, as Country Artist of the Year. "I'm just havin' the best time doin' this," she said.
Justin Bieber was a triple winner, as Digital Artist of the Year, Top New Artist and Fan Favorite – great excuses to hug and kiss his seat mate in the audience of Las Vegas's MGM Grand: Selena Gomez.
On stage, sporting a gold lamé tuxedo jacket, the "Baby" singer, 17, thanked his fans, as well as his mother and "my whole family, [talent manager] Scooter Braun, Usher – basically everyone who helped me get out of my hometown and live my dream."
Originally posted 05/22/2011 05:00PM
Who better to raise the curtain on the 2011 Billboard Music Awards – which return Sunday night after a five-year hiatus – than Britney Spears, who earlier in the afternoon was seen at a dress rehearsal with Rihanna, sources close to the show tell PEOPLE.
"She looked fabulous," one of the sources says about Spears, "better than ever. The opening is sexy and playful, Britney's's got a fantastic entrance. It's epic."
Live on the stage of the MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, Spears will perform "Til the World Ends" with nominee Nicki Minaj after the latter delivers her hit "Superbass" backed by a slew of hot male dancers.
Originally posted 12/09/2004 08:00AM
The Grammys may have given Kanye West the advantage with a leading 10 nominations this week, but on Wednesday night the 2004 Billboard Music Awards were dominated by Usher, who racked up 11 wins.
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