Taylor Swift will open the 2019 Billboard Music Awards with the premiere performance of her new single ME! The pop star debuted the song and its colorful accompanying video, which both feature Panic! At the Disco frontman Brendan Urie, overnight, and now it has been revealed the two pals will hit the stage together at the awards ceremony next week (01May19). "@taylorswift13 will open the #BBMAs with the worldwide premiere performance of 'ME!' featuring Brendon Urie of @PanicAtTheDisco," a post on the Billboard Awards Twitter account reads. Swift and Urie are joining previously announced 2019 awards show performers BTS and Halsey, Ciara, Kelly Clarkson, Lauren Daigle, the Jonas Brothers, Khalid, Madonna and Maluma, and Urie's band Panic! at the Disco at the MGM Grand Garden Arena prizegiving in Las Vegas, hosted by Kelly Clarkson. Swift is up for two awards this year - Top Female Artist and Top Touring Artist. The singer prepared for her big release day by taking ABC cameras on a tour of her adopted Nashville, Tennessee, showing off her former high school, where she met her best friend Abigail, the fabled Bluebird Cafe, where she landed her first record deal, and her permanent songwriting exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame. During the trip, which aired on Good Morning America on Friday (26Apr19), Taylor revealed she forced her parents to take her to Nashville for spring break when she was 11, so she could live out her dream of becoming a country singer/songwriter. One of the places she drove past was Curb Records, the place she hit first after learning Leann Rimes was signed to the label. She eventually sealed a recording deal with Sony ATV Publishing three years later.
Drake added another nine gongs to his Billboard Music Awards ceremony haul on Wednesday (01May19) to clean up with 12. The rapper picked up the night's biggest awards for Top Artist and Top Male Artist during the actual awards show and also dominated the Billboard chart categories, while also landing the Top Rap Artist and Top Rap Male Artist honors. Cardi B, who was a double winner during the ceremony, picked up another four awards, thanks largely to her Maroon 5 Girls Like You collaboration, which claimed a total of four gongs, including Top Hot 100 Song. There were overall triple wins for Ella Mai, who dominated the R&B categories, country star Luke Combs, Ozuna, and Christian artist Lauren Daigle, while Beyonce and JAY-Z, Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers, Panic! At the Disco, and BTS were all double winners.
Adele has been offered $26 million for a year-long residency in Las Vegas. Bosses at The Wynn hotel are reportedly so keen to sign the star up that they have offered her $500,000 per show. A source told The Sun on Sunday: "The days of entertainers coming to retire at Vegas are a thing of the past. "In the last few years, we have seen massive stars performing on the strip and every major hotel wants to say they have the biggest star as their resident. Caesars Palace had Mariah Carey, Planet Hollywood has Britney Spears, and we want Adele. "Even at half a million dollars a show we are confident we would make a healthy return." Although Adele was forced to cancel one of her Wembley dates during the summer after damaging her vocal cords, Wynn bosses are not concerned about Adele potentially having to cancel any of her Vegas shows. The insider explained: "Adele is a professional, and knows her own ability. And we are happy to be flexible in negotiations if it's needed in order to bring her on board." Meanwhile, Adele revealed during her 'Adele Live' tour in March that she was planning to take an extended break from touring in order to focus on having another baby. She said at the time: "I'll see ya later, I'll see ya on the other side. In a couple of years when I'll be back, you won't be able to get rid of me. I'm going to go and have a baby." The 29-year-old singer already has four-year-old son Angelo with her husband Simon Konecki.
Bruno Mars dominated the 2017 Soul Train Awards on Sunday. The pop star won five prizes, including best male R&B/soul artist, song of the year ("That's What I Like"), as well as best video, album/mixtape and dance performance for "24k Magic." Toni Braxton accepted the Don Cornelius Legend Award and performed a medley of her hits during the show, hosted by Erykah Badu at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.