The Billboard Music Awards, a subsidiary division of the iconic Billboard brand, honors some of the hottest names in music today. The Billboard Music Awards broadcasts LIVE on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Awards are given for the top album/artist/single in different genres. Past award recipients include Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Sting, Mariah Carey, Eminem, Elton John, Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Cher and Janet Jackson.
The 2013 show was hosted by comedian Tracy Morgan, with powerful performances from Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Miguel, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Ed Sheeran, David Guetta, Ne-Yo, Akon, Christina Aguilera, Selena Gomez, The Band Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, and Icona Pop. The 2013 show also honored Prince with the Billboard Icon Award highlighting his unique journey and history of groundbreaking accomplishments in the music industry.
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 12, 2012 through March 10, 2013.