LUKAS GRAHAM TO PERFORM ON THE “2016 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS” AND ADDITIONAL PRESENTERS ARE ANNOUNCED FOR THE LIVE SHOW 

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LUKAS GRAHAM TO PERFORM ON
THE “2016 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS”KATE BECKINSALE, PRIYANKA CHOPRA, LAVERNE COX, MARK CUBAN,
JOJO FLETCHER, LUCY HALE, HALSEY, HEIDI KLUM, KELLY ROWLAND,
SEAL, TYRESE AND ZENDAYA
ADDED TO LIST OF PRESENTERS
Ludacris & Ciara to Host the Award Show Live from
T-Mobile Arena on SUNDAY, MAY 22nd at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on ABC

Billboard and dick clark productions announced today that Lukas Graham will perform on the “2016 Billboard Music Awards.”  Also added to the star-studded show are presenters Kate Beckinsale, Priyanka Chopra, Laverne Cox, Mark Cuban, JoJo Fletcher from ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” Lucy Hale, Halsey, Heidi Klum, Kelly Rowland, Seal, Tyrese and Zendaya.  The award show will broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on ABC. For the first time in Billboard Music Awards history, viewers on the West Coast will watch the show live along with fellow fans on the East Coast. They join previously announced presenters Jessica Alba, Kristen Bell, Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, Kathryn Hahn, Wiz Khalifa, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Idina Menzel, Keke Palmer, Rebecca Romijn, Serayah, Steven Tyler, Lindsey Vonn and Pete Wentz.

This year’s show, which will be hosted by hip-hop artist Ludacris and international music sensation Ciara, will showcase big performances, unexpected collaborations and much-discussed pop culture moments. Including performances by Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, DNCE, The Go-Go’s, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes, P!nk, Rihanna, “Kia’s One to Watch” Troye Sivan, Britney Spears, Meghan Trainor, and collaborations with Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Nick Jonas with Tove Lo, and Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani, and Madonna will honor Prince.

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Lukas Graham has rapidly become the breakout act of 2016. The Danish foursome, led by vocalist and songwriter Lukas Graham Forchhammer, are topping charts worldwide with single “7 Years” reaching #1 at both Top 40 and Hot AC radio, and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Their self-titled debut album has received overwhelming critical acclaim since its April 1 release, debuting at #3 on the Billboard 200 and propelling the band further into the global spotlight with what the New York Times describes as “neatly turned songs that merge the lilt of pop-soul with the quick cadences of hip-hop.” Hailing from Christiania, an autonomous, artistic community in the center of Copenhagen, Lukas developed his natural talent for honest and gritty songwriting. Classically trained with the Copenhagen Boys’ Choir, with a musical scope widened by his Irish folk roots and passion for hip-hop, Lukas possesses a distinct, poetic ability to capture the full range of emotions in his music. Known for a phenomenal live show, Lukas Graham sold out his first ever U.S. headline tour and will continue to play festivals and sold out shows around the world in 2016 alongside bandmates Mark Falgren (drums), Magnús Larsson (bass), and Kasper Daugaard (keyboard).

Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of tracking dates March 23, 2015 through March 17, 2016 and Billboard chart dates April 11, 2015 through April 2, 2016.  Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of a musician’s success.

The “2016 Billboard Music Awards” sponsors and partners include Comcast, Kia Motors, Las Vegas, Music Choice, T-Mobile and WestwoodOne.

Tickets are now on sale for the “2016 Billboard Music Awards.” To purchase tickets online, fans should go to www.axs.com or www.t-mobilearena.com.

For additional information on the “2016 Billboard Music Awards” visit us at www.billboardmusicawards.com or the Billboard hub at www.billboard.com/bbma.

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The “2016 Billboard Music Awards” will live stream in the WATCH ABC app for verified viewers in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Fresno, Raleigh-Durham and Philadelphia. Once aired, the full show will be available on demand via WATCH ABC.

About “2016 Billboard Music Awards”
The “2016 Billboard Music Awards” are set to return to ABC and will be broadcast live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 22 at 8:00pm ET/ 5:00pm 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 songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social engagement. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 23, 2015 through March 17, 2016. The “2016 Billboard Music Awards” is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman and Robert Deaton are Executive Producers.

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 Country Countdown Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Hollywood Film Awards” and the “Streamy Awards.” Weekly television programming includes “So You Think You Can Dance,” from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group 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.

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, 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. Billboard was named the leading U.S. brand on Twitter, surpassing the NFL, ESPN, BuzzFeed and MTV, with 7.5 million engaged actions in Q4 2015, and named an overall Top 10 U.S. Media Publisher in December 2015 with 11.8 million social actions. Billboard topped Shareablee’s list of U.S. publishers by engagement on Twitter in Q4, ahead of brands including Bleacher Report, BuzzFeed and The New York Times. Billboard magazine has scored major news-generating covers recently including Nicki Minaj, Lana Del Rey, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber.

Photos / Recap: Laverne Cox at Liaison Nightclub & Iggy Azalea at Drai’s Beach Club Nightclub

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LAVERNE COX AND IGGY AZALEA TAKE OVER THE LAS
VEGAS STRIP

First Transgender Emmy-Nominated Actress Laverne Cox Opens First Gay
Club in a Casino – Liaison Nightclub at Bally’s Las Vegas – Before Partying at
Drai’s Nightclub at The Cromwell for Iggy Azalea’s Surprise Performance

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Last night (Saturday, Sept. 20), Drai’s nightlife group commanded all attention on Las Vegas Boulevard with two at-capacity events featuring history-making actress Laverne Cox and rap chanteuse Iggy Azalea.

Liaison Nightclub, the first gay nightclub in a casino, celebrated its official Grand Opening with Cox as the host. After walking the red carpet in a stunning kelly green Stephen Mikhail dress accentuated with lavish silver accessories and an Edie Parker clutch, the “Orange Is The New Black” actress joined nightlife impresario and club owner Victor Drai for a special ribbon cutting ceremony. Once guests were ushered into the 7,000 square foot nightclub, Cox took time to dance, take photos with fans and relish in the evening at her VIP table on stage next to the DJ booth. From open to close, the night at Liaison included uninterrupted partying.

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As the evening progressed, Drai’s Nightclub – located just across the street from Liaison and perched on the rooftop of The Cromwell – was revving up for a surprise performance from Iggy Azalea. Donning a black two-piece ensemble with sexy cutouts, metallic silver heels and her signature slicked back ponytail, Azalea walked onto the DJ booth stage for a two song set including her chart-topping hits “Bounce” and “Fancy.” The rapper strutted around the stage, keeping up with her dance crew and the vivacious audience despite having performed twice at the iHeart Radio Festival earlier that day.

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After Azalea’s performance, Cox joined in on the action at Drai’s following her Liaison Nightclub revelry. Cox and Azalea immediately hit it off and started chatting in the VIP booth, dancing and enjoying drinks together. After posing for some photos, the two powerhouse stars partied through the night at Drai’s with a sea of Las Vegas’ most dedicated nightlife fans.

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Liaison Nightclub, the game-changing LGBT nightlife venue created by Victor Drai and set on the Las Vegas Strip at Bally’s, is a 7,000 square foot nightclub featuring sexy dark finishes of gold and black. The opulent design showcases an abundance of mirrors and Venetian-style chandeliers and is intimate, yet large enough to provide the social experience that is a signature of Drai’s venues, Liaison offers two club rooms, two DJ’s, multiple bars, stage and plenty of space for surprise performances. Open Thursday-Sunday from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., reservations can be made by calling the nightclub’s official reservations line at (702) 737-5225, or by email at reservations@liaisonlasvegas.com. For more information, visit www.LiaisonLasVegas.com, or visit the official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LiaisonLV. You can also follow Liaison on Twitter at @LiaisonLV.