THOMAS RHETT, MOLLY SIMS, JORDIN SPARKS AND JESS CAGLE JOIN CELEBRITY JUDGES PANEL FOR FINAL NIGHT OF THE 2018 MISS AMERICA COMPETITION LIVE ON ABC

 

THOMAS RHETT, MOLLY SIMS, JORDIN SPARKS AND JESS CAGLE
JOIN CELEBRITY JUDGES PANEL FOR THE FINAL NIGHT OF
THE 97th MISS AMERICA COMPETITION LIVE ON ABC

The Show Will be Hosted by Chris Harrison and Co-Hosted by Sage Steele

“The 2018 Miss America Competition” to Broadcast Live from Historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Sunday, September 10th at 9:00 PM ET/PT
on the ABC Television Network

 

The Miss America Organization, dick clark productions and ABC today announced the first four celebrity judges for the final night of “The 2018 Miss America Competition”; multi-platinum ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Thomas Rhett, author, actress and model Molly Sims, multi-platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks and PEOPLE Editor in Chief Jess Cagle. Additional celebrity judges to be announced in the coming weeks. The judges panel will evaluate the contestants’ performances in Lifestyle and Fitness, Evening Wear, Talent, Interview and On-Stage questions during the “The 2018 Miss America Competition,” which will air live on ABC from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 (9:00 – 11:00p.m. ET/PT). The Miss America Competition showcases the intellect, grace and exceptional talent of 51 accomplished women representing their home states (and District of Columbia) as they compete for the coveted title of Miss America.

“I’m so excited to be a judge at this year’s competition and am happy to participate alongside an organization that is an advocate for women’s education,” said Molly Sims. “I’m looking forward to seeing all the young women who have come this far and hearing more about them and their interests!”

“I am honored to participate as a judge for the Miss America Competition this year,” said Jordin Sparks. “I understand the pressure that a competition brings and I’m lucky it’s given me the unique perspective on the hard work that the contestants have to put in to get to this point. No doubt they are all strong women and I look forward to hearing the platforms they represent.”

Grammy nominated and ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Thomas Rhett is set to debut his third album LIFE CHANGES on September 8. It is the biggest, boldest-sounding record of his career, filled with songs that stretch his sound to new limits, with its lead single “Craving You” quickly skyrocketing to No. 1. LIFE CHANGES follows the release of his sophomore effort TANGLED UP DELUXE, which tapped into something widespread and universal earning major trophies from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, Billboard Music Awards, CMT Music Awards and more. Thomas Rhett has proved to have a “commanding stage presence” (Rolling Stone) as he continues on his “energetic and dance worthy” (Hits Daily Double) first headlining 2017 HOME TEAM TOUR.

Molly Sims is recognized for her work as an actress, model, humanitarian and author. She is often noted for her savvy sense of style and fashion, which she showcases on her blog, MollySims.com. Most recently, Molly teamed up with Awestruck to launch “The Molly Sims YouTube channel” which serves as an extension of her existing digital platforms. Sims released her first book, “The Everyday Supermodel: My Beauty, Fashion, and Wellness Secrets Made Simple” in January 2015, which was a New York Times best seller. She will release her second book, “Everyday Chic: My Secrets for Entertaining, Organizing, and Decorating at Home,” later this year on October 10th. She recently guest starred on the TBS show “Men At Work” and played the manipulative Delinda Deline for 5 seasons on NBC’s hit television series, “Las Vegas.” In addition to her successful television career, Molly has also appeared on the silver screen in feature films including “Yes Man,” “Fired Up,” “The Benchwarmers” and “Starsky & Hutch.” Molly’s acting career began to soar after she landed the coveted role as host on MTV’s House of Style. In addition to her contract with MTV at the time, Sims gained even more recognition after signing an exclusive, multi-year contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics. Furthermore, she gained even more attention as the ultimate celebrity icon from her Old Navy commercials and, of course, her sultry images in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue four years consecutively. She has also been featured in advertising campaigns for CoverGirl, Jimmy Choo, Old Navy, Michael Kors, Victoria’s Secret, M&Ms, Nautica, Armani, Chanel and H&M. As a philanthropist, Sims works closely with Baby2Baby and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Jordin Sparks is a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum, singer/songwriter and actress who, in one of the show’s highest rated seasons, garnered worldwide attention as winner of season six American Idol. Sparks popular singles have sold over 10 million digital tracks in the US. Sparks is also a gifted songwriter. Arianna Grande’s smash single, “The Way,” was co-written by Sparks and earned her a BMI songwriting award. She has toured with superstars Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, The Jonas Brothers, New Kids on The Block and the Backstreet Boys, as well as headlined her own tour. She has also lent her voice to recordings for films such as Disney’s African Cats, Beauty and the Beast and Best Man Holiday. After Sparks Battlefield tour, she headed straight to The Great White Way and starred in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway smash, In the Heights. She made her film debut playing the lead role in the SONY Pictures film, Sparkle, opposite Whitney Houston. Her next film, GOD BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD, is scheduled for release early 2018. Jordin’s positive body image, message and success has impacted people worldwide. She considers philanthropy an integral part of her life and was recently profiled by CNN Heroes and Dress for Success for her work through her own charity, The M.A.D. (Making A Difference) Girls. Today she is considered a social media influencer due to her impressive social media following. She has successfully transitioned into network broadcasting hosting/co-hosting on some of television’s most iconic programs such as NBC’s TODAY Show, ABC’s The View, CBS’ The Talk, PBS’ Great Performances (with John Lithgow) amongst others. She is currently working on her untitled fourth album.

Jess Cagle is Editor in Chief of PEOPLE and Editorial Director of Time Inc.’s Style and Entertainment Group, which includes PEOPLE, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, PeopleStyle, People en Espanol and Essence. Cagle oversees editorial content across print, digital, social and video—reaching a combined audience of more than 150 million. He is also host of The Jess Cagle Interview; a video series featuring his interviews with major stars, which airs on all platforms of PEOPLE and EW. He is a regular co-host on ABC’s Academy Awards red-carpet pre-show, and makes frequent appearances on Good Morning America, Today and many entertainment news programs. Under Cagle’s leadership, PEOPLE has moved aggressively into television programming, which includes PEOPLE Magazine Investigates, the hit true-crime show on Investigation Discovery; PEOPLE Icons, a series of ABC primetime specials; and The Story of Diana, a two-night television event on Princess Diana, which aired in 2017 on ABC. Digital and video brand extensions include PEOPLE/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN), a streaming network with original programming based on the brands’ features and franchises; PEOPLE Now, a daily live half-hour show on PEOPLE.com; and Red Carpet Live, a series of live-streaming specials during awards season. From 2009-2014 Cagle served as Editor in Chief of Entertainment Weekly, where he increased EW’s audience and presence in Hollywood, transformed EW.com into a 24/7 breaking news site, and launched the Entertainment Weekly Radio channel on SiriusXM. During his career, Cagle has interviewed every major celebrity and has secured numerous exclusives and interviews from the biggest names in Hollywood. Jess Cagle lives in New York. He was born in Texas and is a graduate of Baylor University.

As previously announced, Chris Harrison (ABC’s “The Bachelor” franchise and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”) returns to host the legendary competition, with Sage Steele (ESPN’s “SportsCenter on the Road” and “SportsCenter: AM”) joining as co-host.

Voting is still open to the public for the “America’s Choice” contestant. The public can vote at missamerica.org/vote and facebook.com/missamerica and are permitted one vote per day, per user. Voting will close Tuesday, September 5th at 9:00pm ET and the chosen contestant will be announced during the live broadcast of “The 2018 Miss America Competition” with the Top 15. The remaining contestants in the Top 15 are selected by the Miss America Preliminary Judges Panel. It is possible for America’s Choice to also be among the judges selection.

For the latest news, be sure to follow Miss America on social and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #MissAmerica.

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Join the Conversation: #MissAmerica

dick clark productions and the Miss America Organization will collaborate on all creative, marketing, sponsorship, licensing, ticketing and distribution elements of this year’s show. Anthony Eaton and Tall Pony Productions will produce “The 2018 Miss America Competition.”

To purchase tickets to “The 2018 Miss America Competition,” please visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/Miss-America-Competition-tickets/

For more information on “The 2018 Miss America Competition,” please visit Miss America Organization’s website at www.missamerica.org.

About The Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) 4 non-profit corporation, awards millions of dollars in annual college scholarship assistance making it the largest scholarship program for women in the United States. MAO is comprised of 51 organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. MAO contestants contribute over 500,000 hours of community service annually and have raised over $16 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 2007.

About dick clark productions
dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming with the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Miss America,” “Hollywood Film Awards” and the “Streamy Awards.” Weekly television programming includes “So You Think You Can Dance” from 19 Entertainment and dcp. dcp also owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with more than 55 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.

KEEP MEMORY ALIVE’S 20TH ANNUAL POWER OF LOVE® GALA HONOREE, TONY BENNETT, RECOGNIZED WITH LAS VEGAS MARQUEE DISPLAY AND STREET RENAMING

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KEEP MEMORY ALIVE’S 20TH ANNUAL POWER OF LOVE® GALA
HONOREE, TONY BENNETT, RECOGNIZED WITH LAS VEGAS MARQUEE DISPLAY AND STREET RENAMING

 

On Thursday, May 19, Keep Memory Alive’s 20th annual Power of Love® gala honoree, Tony Bennett, was recognized as 20 Las Vegas marquees around the city lit up with an image of the world-renowned artist in celebration of his 90th birthday and participation in the Gala. More than 50 people attended the invite-only fête, including Bennett’s wife Susan Benedetto, while dozens of onlookers gathered around to watch the ceremony, which took place on the iconic Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York Hotel & Casino.

 

Local Las Vegas entertainer Mark Shunock served as the emcee of the soiree and kicked-off the event by introducing the man of the hour, Bennett, and Keep Memory Alive Co-Founder and Chairman Larry Ruvo. Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak then gave remarks recognizing Bennett’s outstanding career by proclaiming Las Vegas Boulevard to be renamed “Tony Bennett Boulevard” for the full day of the Gala on Saturday, May 21. Following Sisolak’s presentation, Rossi Ralenkotter, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Visitors and Convention Authority, acknowledged Bennett’s impact on Las Vegas.

 

Next, Bennett and Ruvo took to the stage to discuss Bennett’s career, milestone birthday and what Keep Memory Alive and brain health means to him. Ruvo then lead the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday,” which concluded with a Dom Pérignon champagne toast by Shunock as the marquees illuminated with Bennett’s picture. Las Vegas marquees that helped mark the occasion included Bally’s Las Vegas, Caesars Palace, Excalibur Hotel & Casino, Fashion Show Mall, Fremont Street Experience, Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, Harrah’s Las Vegas, M Resort, Maverick Helicopters, Miracle Mile Shops, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Paris Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood, Rio All-Suite hotel & Casino, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, The Cromwell, The Linq Hotel & Casino, Tropicana Casino Hotel Resort, Wynn | Encore.

 

Bennett will be honored Saturday, May 21 during the 20th annual Power of Love gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where some of the biggest entertainers in the industry will join together to celebrate Bennett and his career. James Corden, Andra Day, Darius Rucker, Jordin Sparks, Steven Tyler and more will perform heart-felt tributes of some of Bennett’s infamous hits. Continuing its 20-year history, the star-studded event raises funds and awareness for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and its fight against brain disease including Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases, multiple sclerosis and multiple system atrophy.

The MGM Grand marquee features an image of Tony Bennett during a celebration of Keep Memory Alive’s 20th annual Power of Love gala honoree Bennett's 90th birthday Thursday, May 19, 2016, at New York New York. CREDIT: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau
The MGM Grand marquee features an image of Tony Bennett during a celebration of Keep Memory Alive’s 20th annual Power of Love gala honoree Bennett’s 90th birthday Thursday, May 19, 2016, at New York New York. CREDIT: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau
Keep Memory Alive Co-founder and Chairman Larry Ruvo has a conversation with Tony Bennett during a celebration of Keep Memory Alive’s 20th annual Power of Love gala honoree Bennett's 90th birthday Thursday, May 19, 2016, at New York New York. CREDIT: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau
Keep Memory Alive Co-founder and Chairman Larry Ruvo has a conversation with Tony Bennett during a celebration of Keep Memory Alive’s 20th annual Power of Love gala honoree Bennett’s 90th birthday Thursday, May 19, 2016, at New York New York. CREDIT: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau
From left, Mark Shunock from Mondays Dark, Keep Memory Alive Co-founder and Chairman Larry Ruvo, Tony Bennett, LVCVA President and CEO Rossi Ralenkotter and Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak pose for photos during a celebration of Keep Memory Alive’s 20th annual Power of Love gala honoree Bennett's 90th birthday Thursday, May 19, 2016, at New York New York. CREDIT: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau
From left, Mark Shunock from Mondays Dark, Keep Memory Alive Co-founder and Chairman Larry Ruvo, Tony Bennett, LVCVA President and CEO Rossi Ralenkotter and Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak pose for photos during a celebration of Keep Memory Alive’s 20th annual Power of Love gala honoree Bennett’s 90th birthday Thursday, May 19, 2016, at New York New York. CREDIT: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau

About Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health:

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides state-of-the-art care for cognitive disorders and for the family members of those who suffer from them. The physicians and staff at the Center for Brain Health continuously work towards the development of early diagnosis and the advancement of knowledge concerning mild cognitive disorders, which could one day delay or prevent their onset.  Patients receive expert diagnosis and treatment at the Center for Brain Health, which offers a multidisciplinary patient-focused approach to diagnosis and treatment, promoting collaboration across all care providers, offering patients a complete continuum of care and infusing education and research into all that it does. The facility, designed by Frank Gehry, houses clinical space, a diagnostic center, neuroimaging rooms, physician offices, laboratories devoted to clinical research and the Keep Memory Alive Event Center.  For more information, visit www.clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth.

 

About Keep Memory Alive:

Keep Memory Alive, whose mission is to provide enhanced treatment and ultimately cures for patients and their families suffering from neurocognitive disorders, raises awareness and funds in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. By supporting Keep Memory Alive and its fight against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, frontotemporal dementia, multiple sclerosis and multiple system atrophy, we can ensure progress towards better treatments and ultimately cures will occur in Las Vegas.  For additional information call (702) 263-9797 or visit www.keepmemoryalive.org

 

Jordin Sparks Signs To New Label ‘Louder Than Life,’ releases new single ‘It Ain’t You’

GRAMMY® NOMINATED ARTIST JORDIN SPARKS SIGNS TO

LOUDER THAN LIFE RECORD LABEL VIA SONY MUSIC

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RELEASES MIXTAPE #BYEFELICIA FEATURING NEW MUSIC

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NEW SINGLE ‘IT AIN’T YOU’ ON SALE 12/15

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Third studio album ‘Right Here, Right Now’ scheduled for release in 2015

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GRAMMY® Nominated and multi-platinum album selling artist Jordin Sparks has signed to Louder Than Life record label via Sony Music, founded by music executive and GRAMMY® Nominated producer Salaam Remi. Sparks, recently released her mixtape #BYEFELICIA, of which her new single It Ain’t You will be available December 15, 2014 on major online retailers including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and Google Play.

Rising to fame as Season Six winner of American Idol, Jordin Sparks has graced the covers of People Magazine, Ebony and Shape, has won two BET Awards, one American Music and a People’s Choice Award, and has been nominated for a GRAMMY® Award, and two MTV Video Music Awards. In 2012, Jordin made her feature film debut as the lead in the Sony Pictures film “Sparkle,” starring alongside the late Whitney Houston.

#BYEFELICIA marks her newest project, since her 2007 self-titled debut album Jordin Sparks, which sold over 2 million copies worldwide, and Battlefield in 2009. In 2015, Jordin and Louder Than Life, will release her third studio album, Right Here, Right Now, which will feature tracks off of #ByeFelicia, including the new single It Ain’t You.

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“I’m very excited to be a part of this next chapter in Jordin’s career as she grows from being America’s sweetheart into an undeniable superstar,” says Salaam Remi, Executive Vice President of A&R and Production for Sony Music and CEO of Louder Than Life.

“I am very excited to be working alongside Salaam Remi on my next album,” said Sparks. “Together, we have created something special. I’m very proud of it and can’t wait to share it!”

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For more information about Jordin Sparks, visit:

www.jordinsparks.com

Twitter.com/JordinSparks

Facebook.com/JordinSparks

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MILEY CYRUS AND RICKY MARTIN TO PERFORM ON 2014 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS

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MILEY CYRUS AND RICKY MARTIN TO PERFORM
ON 2014 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDSKELLY ROWLAND, KENDALL JENNER, JORDIN SPARKS, KEVIN O’LEARY, MARK CUBAN, PETE WENTZ, AND WIZ KHALIFA ANNOUNCED AS PRESENTERSAiring Live Sunday, May 18, 2014, From The MGM Grand Garden Arena on ABC at 8pm ET

dick clark productions and Billboard announced today that Miley Cyrus and Ricky Martin will perform at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. They join a star-studded lineup of previously announced must-see performers including 5 Seconds of Summer, Florida Georgia Line, Imagine Dragons, Jason Derulo, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Luke Bryan, OneRepublic and Pitbull. The 2014 Billboard Music Awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18, on ABC at 8pm ET.

The first performer announced today is one of this year’s most talked-about music superstars, Miley Cyrus. An exciting new addition to the Billboard Music Awards lineup, Miley is a finalist in eight categories this year: Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Digital Songs Artist, Top Social Artist, Top Streaming Artist, Top Hot 100 Song and Top Streaming Song. Cyrus will be performing remotely, from across the pond on her Bangerz tour, in Manchester, England.

Ricky Martin is no stranger to the Billboard Music Awards, having won Top New Latin Artist in 1993, Hot 100 Singles Artist of the Year – Male, and Male Artist of the Year in 1999. Martin recently premiered his new song “Vida,” off the FIFA World Cup official soundtrack, which entered Billboard’s hot Latin Songs chart this week as the top debut at No. 11. He recently peaked at No. 2 on Hot Latin Songs as a featured vocalist, along with Jennifer Lopez, on Wisin’s “Adrenalina.”

Also announced today was a star-studded line up of presenters for the live awards show. This year’s roster includes an exciting mix of actors, musicians, and reality stars, including: Jordin Sparks, Kelly Rowland, Kendall Jenner, Kevin O’Leary, Mark Cuban, Pete Wentz, and Wiz Khalifa – in addition to some surprise guests!

Fan voting for the 2014 Milestone Award presented by Chevrolet will continue through the first two hours of the awards show, ending at 10pm ET. To vote for finalists Ellie Goulding, OneRepublic or Carrie Underwood go to billboard.com/milestone.

The 2014 Billboard Music Award festivities start with the “Samsung Red Carpet LIVE! @ The 2014 Billboard Music Awards,” which will live stream on Yahoo at 6pm ET / 3pm PT. The two hour pre-show, hosted by Lance Bass, Jordin Sparks, Ted Stryker and more, can also be viewed at BillboardMusicAwards.com, Billboard.com, and additional online destinations by embedding the Yahoo Screen media player (available upon request). Fans can check out the full experience at https://music.yahoo.com/programs/billboard-music-awards/.

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards is produced by dick clark productions.  Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan are Executive Producers.  Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are Producers. For additional information on the “2014 Billboard Music Awards” visit us at www.billboardmusicawards.com or the Billboard hub at www.billboard.com/bbma.

For additional news and exclusive content, follow @OfficialBBMAs #BBMAs on Twitter, like us on Facebook  and join the conversation on Instagram and YouTube.

2014 Billboard Music Awards sponsors and partners include Chevrolet, CITI ThankYou, Cumulus, Guggenheim Partners, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Live Nation, Music Choice, Samsung Galaxy and Yahoo.

 

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ABOUT MILEY CYRUS
Miley Cyrus is a world renowned entertainer with record breaking success in film, television and music. She is a multiplatinum recording artist and has sold over 12 million albums and 20 million tracks in the US alone.

Miley’s latest album Bangerz debuted at #1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and the Digital Album Charts with over 270,000 albums sold. Both singles, “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop,” off Bangerz have already sold 4.3 million copies in the U.S. alone. “Wrecking Ball” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for two weeks. It became Miley’s first Billboard Hot 100 #1 and her fastest-flying Top 10 on Radio Songs.

ABOUT RICKY MARTIN
Grammy award winning, multi-platinum recording artist, Ricky Martin, has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide ninety-five have achieved platinum and forty have hit gold. In his continued success, Mr. Martin has received 4 US GRAMMY’s, 3 Latin GRAMMY awards, 10 Billboard Music Awards, 2 American Music Awards and 10 MTV VMA’s.

After spending five years in the spotlight with Menudo, Martin set-off on his own musical path. His self titled solo album was debuted in 1991. Martin’s continued growing success of landmark singles, including “Maria”, and his globally embraced 1998 World Cup Anthem “La Copa de la Vida” (The Cup of Life), vaulted him to the level of bona fide global superstar. Martin is a natural performer who has lead an oncoming cultural revolution.

Martin spent the latter part of the year in 2012 on stage inhabiting Che, the lead role in the Broadway revival of the musical Evita. Ricky had taken two and a half years off from the music industry to devote time to his family. After this time, Martin returned to his natural place in the artistic spotlight. Following his very successful year long run in Evita, Martin started another exciting adventure. He embarked this time as one of the coaches on the second and third season of The Voice Australia.

At the start of 2014, Martin partnered with multimedia technology 3D-4U and Sony Music Latin. Together they launched the new and revolutionary application Ricky Martin CONCERT 4-U. This application offers exclusive videos of his concert tour of Australia, which includes panoramic views as well as surround sound. It is controlled solely by the user. This style is entrepreneurial and the first time ever to be executed.

In April 2014, Martin launched his television special SuperSong, one can find exclusively on Crackle. SuperSong is a song competition for aspiring musicians and fans around the world that gave opportunity for individuals to create a song for the World Cup. In the same month, Martin launched the video for his latest hit single “Vida.”
“Vida,” Martin’s second World Cup song, was released worldwide as a single on April 22, 2014 and will be included in the official FIFA World Cup album “One Love, One Rhythm-The 2014 FIFA World Cup Official Album.”

ABOUT BILLBOARD
Billboard is the world’s most influential music brand, built on the most complete and well-respected database of charts across all music genres. The Billboard charts define success in music. From the iconic Billboard magazine to Billboard.com which is the ultimate consumer-facing destination for millions of passionate music fans, to the industry’s most elite conference series and influencer events including the Power 100 and Women in Music, ­ the Billboard brand has unmatched authority among fans, artists and the industry alike.

ABOUT “2014 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS”
The “2014 Billboard Music Awards” are set to return to ABC and will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18 at 8:00pm ET/PT. The show will showcase this year’s hottest and biggest music stars.  Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 11, 2013 through March 9, 2014.  The “2014 Billboard Music Awards” is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro and Michael Mahan are Executive Producers. Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are Producers.

ABOUT dick clark productions
dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised events.  dcp produces perennial hits such as the “American Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “Hollywood Film Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.”  dcp also produces popular weekly television programming, including “So You Think You Can Dance,” and owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with more than 55 years of dcp’s award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming.  In 2014, dcp will debut “The PEOPLE MAGAZINE Awards” on NBC and joint venture Keshet DCP will premiere the weekly television series “Rising Star” on ABC.   For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.

THE “2014 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS” PARTNERS WITH YAHOO

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THE “2014 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS” PARTNERS WITH
YAHOO AS OFFICIAL DIGITAL DISTRIBUTOR OF
“SAMSUNG GALAXY RED CARPET LIVE! @ THE 2014 BBMAs” ON MAY 18

YAHOO TO EXCLUSIVELY LIVE STREAM TWO HOUR RED CARPET PRE-SHOW AT
6PM ET

RED CARPET SHOW HOSTED BY LANCE BASS, JORDIN SPARKS, TED STRYKER AND MORE. LIVE PERFORMANCES INCLUDE MULTI-PLATINUM SINGER, SONG-WRITER CHER LLOYD AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

dick clark productions announces the “Samsung Red Carpet LIVE! @ The 2014 Billboard Music Awards” red carpet pre-show will stream LIVE online for fans worldwide on Yahoo, this year’s official digital distributor, beginning at 6pm ET/3PM PT. The two-hour digital stream can also be watched at Billboard Music Awards.com, Billboard.com and additional online destinations by embedding the Yahoo Screen media player. The red carpet live stream pre-show precedes the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, which will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18, on ABC at 8pm ET/PT.

The “Samsung Galaxy Red Carpet LIVE! @ The 2014 BBMAs” will be hosted by Lance Bass, Jordin Sparks, Ted Stryker, with additional hosts soon to be announced.

Yahoo will provide fans with exclusive red carpet access, including celebrity arrivals, interviews special musical performances and a Vine 360 Station for talent to show off their red carpet fashion choices. Fans can learn more about the experience at https://music.yahoo.com/programs/billboard-music-awards/.

“I am thrilled to be co-hosting this year’s ‘Samsung Red Carpet LIVE! at The 2014 Billboard Music Awards.’ I am looking forward to bringing fans around the world live coverage of their favorite musicians as they arrive,” said Bass

“I am excited to be part of this year’s red carpet show. Through Yahoo, we will be able to bring celebrity interviews, fashion and news as it happens, so fans don’t miss a beat,” said Sparks.

Live red carpet performances include multi-platinum singer, song-writer Cher Lloyd and more to be announced.

Though she first burst onto the scene in 2010 as a finalist on the U.K. version of The X Factor, Cher Lloyd began to make waves in the U.S. the following year with one of the summer’s most irresistible songs, “Want U Back,” a double-platinum hit off of her debut album Sticks & Stones. Cher is gearing up to release her very personal, sophomore album Sorry I’m Late on May 27th and during the red carpet show will be performing her latest hit “Sirens.”

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards is produced by dick clark productions.  Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan are Executive Producers.  Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are Producers. For additional information on the “2014 Billboard Music Awards” visit us at www.billboardmusicawards.com or the Billboard hub at www.billboard.com/bbma.

Media can also embed the Yahoo Screen media player to provide their readers instant access to the LIVE red carpet. To request an embed code for the red carpet live stream, please contact Megan Rose at merose@yahoo-inc.com.

For additional news and exclusive content, follow @OfficialBBMAs on Twitter, like us on Facebook and join the conversation on Instagram and YouTube. The official hashtag for discussing all-things Billboard Music Awards across social media is #BBMAs.

ABOUT BILLBOARD
Billboard is the world’s most influential music brand, built on the most complete and well-respected database of charts across all music genres. The Billboard charts define success in music. From the iconic Billboard magazine to Billboard.com which is the ultimate consumer-facing destination for millions of passionate music fans, to the industry’s most elite conference series and influencer events including the Power 100 and Women in Music ­the Billboard brand has unmatched authority among fans, artists and the industry alike.

ABOUT “2014 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS”
The “2014 Billboard Music Awards” are set to return to ABC and will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18 at 8:00pm ET/PT. The show will showcase this year’s hottest and biggest music stars.  Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 11, 2013 through March 9, 2014.  The “2014 Billboard Music Awards” is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro and Michael Mahan are Executive Producers. Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are Producers.

ABOUT dick clark productions
dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised events.  dcp produces perennial hits such as the “American Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “Hollywood Film Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.”  dcp also produces popular weekly television programming, including “So You Think You Can Dance,” and owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with more than 55 years of dcp’s award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming.  In 2014, dcp will debut “The PEOPLE MAGAZINE Awards” on NBC and joint venture Keshet DCP will premiere the weekly television series “Rising Star” on ABC.   For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.

Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine to Celebrate their 80th Birthday from Las Vegas at MGM Grand Garden Arena

Cleveland Clinic

QUINCY JONES AND SIR MICHAEL CAINE TO CELEBRATE THEIR 80TH BIRTHDAY

FROM LAS VEGAS AT THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA

Star-Studded Gala to Benefit Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health will feature music and film’s biggest stars

Las Vegas will celebrate the lives and legacies of two of the entertainment world’s most influential stars, Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine, at the 17th annual Power of Love Gala on April 13, 2013 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, while raising funds in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

The celebrity-guest lineup for the night includes the expected attendance by superstar Barbra Streisand along with performances and heartfelt tributes from some of the world’s hottest entertainers including music and film legends Bebe Winans, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Jordin Sparks, Terrence Howard, Patti Austin, will.i.am, Whoopi Goldberg and more.

Celestial twins, born in the same year, same month, same hour and within minutes of each other, one in Chicago, the other in London, Jones and Caine met decades ago and have since been great friends. This glittering star-studded gala will bring together the world’s celebrities of music and film to mark this milestone year for these two entertainment marvels.

“We are incredibly excited and humbled to honor Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine with an extraordinary birthday celebration at this year’s Power of Love Gala,” said Larry Ruvo, Founder and Chairman of Keep Memory Alive. “These two iconic men are helping shine light on the reason why we have this event every year: to support the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s continued work towards enhanced treatments and research of neurocognitive disorders.”

Named by Time Magazine as one of the six most influential Jazz artists of the 20th Century, legendary music producer Quincy Jones has spent more than 60 years in the entertainment industry working with America’s greatest musicians including Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, among many others.  Jones is one of the most decorated entertainers of his time, garnering 27 Grammy Awards, a record 79 Grammy nominations, seven Academy Award nominations, a Tony Award nomination and an Emmy Award.

Sir Michael Caine is an English actor and is most noted for his roles in Cider House Rules, Miss Congeniality and Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. Jones and Caine share a birthday and the Power of Love Gala will be the third time they have joined forces to celebrate.

In keeping with its 16-year history, the Power of Love Gala will include a celebrity-chef dinner, a one-of-a-kind live and silent auction, and star-studded performances.  Past memorable galas include honoring boxing legend Muhammad Ali with a 70th birthday celebration in February 2012 and the final performance of master illusionists Siegfried & Roy in February 2009. Generating the bulk of Keep Memory Alive’s revenue, the annual gala is imperative to the success of Keep Memory Alive and the Center for Brain Health in the mission to enhance treatments and research of neurocognitive disorders.

The evening’s festivities will begin with a Dom Pérignon reception, followed by an extraordinary display prepared by superstar chefs Wolfgang Puck and Gordon Ramsay, remarkable auction items, and spectacular live entertainment.

“Las Vegas is the perfect destination for a celebration of this magnitude,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). “No other destination has the world-class entertainment, dining and exciting atmosphere like Las Vegas. It offers the perfect backdrop for such an influential party.”

The Power of Love Gala is being produced by Bill Edwards Presents Inc. and supported by the LVCVA and Keep Memory Alive, the fundraising arm of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

For information regarding this unique celebration, please visit Keep Memory Alive’s website at www.keepmemoryalive.org or call (702) 263-9797. Follow the event on Twitter with the hashtag #onememorytokeep.

ABOUT CLEVELAND CLINIC LOU RUVO CENTER FOR BRAIN HEALTH
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides state-of-the-art care for cognitive disorders and for the family members of those who suffer from them. The physicians and staff at the Center for Brain Health continuously work towards the development of early diagnosis and the advancement of knowledge concerning mild cognitive disorders, which could one day delay or prevent their onset.  Patients receive expert diagnosis and treatment at the Center for Brain Health, which offers a multidisciplinary patient-focused approach to diagnosis and treatment, promoting collaboration across all care providers, offering patients a complete continuum of care and infusing education and research into all that it does. The facility, designed by Frank Gehry, houses clinical space, a diagnostic center, neuroimaging rooms, physician offices, laboratories devoted to clinical research and the Keep Memory Alive Event Center.  For more information, visit www.clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth.

 

ABOUT KEEP MEMORY ALIVE
Keep Memory Alive, whose mission is to provide enhanced treatment and ultimately cures for patients and their families suffering from neurocognitive disorders, raises awareness and funds in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. By supporting Keep Memory Alive and its fight against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and memory disorders of all kinds, we can ensure progress towards better treatments and ultimately cures will occur in Las Vegas.  For additional information call (702) 263-9797 or visit www.keepmemoryalive.org.

 

ABOUT LVCVA
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center.  With 151,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and 10.6 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting ever‑increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area.  For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.LasVegas.com.

 

About Bill Edwards Presents Inc.
A premier live entertainment company, Bill Edwards Presents Inc. has been producing world-class attractions for more than a decade.  The company has established itself through producing shows and events in a variety of venues – including festivals, theaters, casinos-resorts, performing arts centers and arenas.  Known for its reputation of aligning with award winning talent, Bill Edwards Presents is based in St. Petersburg, Florida.www.billedwardspresents.com

PHOTOS: Jordin Sparks Kicks Off Winter in Venice at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas

Jordin Sparks Kicks Off Winter in Venice Festivities at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas

Grammy-nominated and platinum recording artist and season six “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks helped kick off the inaugural celebration of Winter in Venice at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas on Nov. 21 with a complimentary performance on the Las Vegas Strip’s only outdoor ice skating rink. The star of the upcoming feature film “Sparkle” entertained the massive crowd with a song selection that included her hits “Tattoo” and “No Air” and the holiday classics “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “The Christmas Song.”

Surrounded by candy cane stilt walkers, snow angels, jesters and toy soldiers, the front plaza and the outdoor gondolas of The Venetian were transformed into a winter palace while guests sipped on holiday-inspired drinks including the peppermint Gondolier Blanco and the amaretto-infused Godfather.

The debut of the “Nightly Holiday Spectacular” drew gasps and applause from the overflowing audience as the entire front of the building lit up in flashing lights, lasers and larger-than-life snowflakes. As their attention was drawn to the Rialto Bridge, three tenors and a hip hop violin duo performed holiday hits and classics before a majestic angel lit the 65-foot LED holiday tree in an awe-inspiring moment.

Jordin sparkled in Simon G Jewelry, a body-hugging Fluxus dress that showed off her svelte body and nude Christian Louboutins, which she purchased at The Shoppes at The Palazzo. She raved about The Venetian and The Palazzo, saying she loved her beautiful suite and the delicious food at LAVO, also adding, “I love spa services and being able to indulge and turn off my phone. I had an amazing, amazing time at Canyon Ranch.”

When asked about her holiday health tips, Jordin joked, “I am the worst person to ask. I eat the food, I sleep on the couch, I watch football, have a good time with my family and worry about it later. Just enjoy the holidays.”

After posing for photos with lucky meet and greet winners, Jordin officially welcomed the holiday season and the opening of the skating rink with a ribbon cutting ceremony with John Caparella, president and COO of The Venetian, The Palazzo & Sands Expo. Guests were treated to a spectacular performance from professional skaters before lacing up their own skates to take a spin on the ice.

The first true celebration of the winter season on the Las Vegas Strip, Winter in Venice runs through Jan. 8, 2012 as the ultimate destination for an unforgettable holiday experience. Caparella said, “Winter in Venice is going to be an annual event and this is just the beginning. We’re going to build on it and make it better next year.”

Jordin Sparks poses with holiday characters during the inaugural Winter in Venice celebration

 

Jordin Sparks poses with silted candy can and wizards

 

 

Crowds gather to enjoy a performance from “American Idol” winner, Jordin Sparks

 

 

The Venetian and The Palazzo launch the first-ever Winter in Venice

 

PHOTO CREDIT: ImagesOfVegas.com/ IS Photography

 

Jordin Sparks to kickoff Winter in Venice at The Venetian and The Palazzo with special musical performance

 

  Jordin Sparks launches Winter in Venice at
The Venetian and The Palazzo on Nov. 21

***PUBLIC INVITED TO ATTEND***

 

WHAT:  The Venetian® and The Palazzo® will officially welcome the holidays with the inaugural Winter in Venice™ celebration including a musical performance from Grammy-nominated, platinum recording artist and season six “American Idol” winner, Jordin Sparks, on Monday, Nov. 21.

Starting at 6 p.m. at The Venetian’s Doge’s Palace, adjacent to the outdoor gondolas, resort guests and the public are invited to experience the biggest event of the holiday season with strolling carolers and festive holiday characters before the stunning premiere of the Nightly Holiday Spectacular at 6:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy the over-the-top show featuring the lighting of an awe-inspiring 65-foot LED holiday tree.

Following the show, Jordin will treat the crowd to a special performance of some of her hit songs along with some holiday favorites before gracing the Winter in Venice white carpet. A ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the ice skating rink will conclude the evening at 8 p.m. Ice skating session reservations will be available for the public after 8 p.m.

The Nightly Holiday Spectacular and musical performance by Jordin Sparks are complimentary and open to the public.

Attending: Grammy-nominated, platinum recording artist and “American Idol” winner, Jordin Sparks. 

 

WHEN:                Monday, Nov. 21

6:30 p.m.             Inaugural Nightly Holiday Spectacular and musical performance by Jordin Sparks (Complimentary and open to the public)

 7:30 p.m.             White carpet with Jordin Sparks

8 p.m.                    Ice skating rink ribbon cutting ceremony with Jordin Sparks (Complimentary and open to the public) 

WHERE:             The Venetian | The Palazzo Las Vegas 
                                  3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South
                                 Las Vegas, NV 89109