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Billboard Music Awards 2017: Everything you need to know ahead of the big show

The 2017 Billboard Music Awards are finally here and it’s all going down on Sunday, May 21, at Sin City’s T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas.

As previously reported, rapper-actor Ludacris will reprise his role as host for the fourth consecutive year. Only, he’ll be joined by his co-host in crime, former Disney star Vanessa Hudgens.

“It’s always good to have different dynamics just to keep the show exciting and keep people on their toes by having different women [hosts] as well, because you have that ying and that yang,” Ludacris recently told “E! News” of the dynamic duo. “Every time it’s going to be different so it’s not like you’re doing the same thing every time.”

Most importantly, with nearly 60 awards to present and more than a dozen epic performances on deck, artists who have topped the charts over the last year will undoubtedly be recognized for all their hard work.

For everything you need to know ahead of the big show, keep scrolling.

Drizzy’s time to shine

Drake and The Chainsmokers lead the pack with 22 nominations each, in categories including Billboard’s coveted Top Artist award. Did we mention, they nabbed the most yearly nominations in BBMA’s history? Other notable nominations include Twenty One Pilots, who come in with 17 nods. Pop music bad gal Rihanna sneaks by with four.

Epic performances

Fresh off her release of “Malibu,” Miley Cyrus marks her return to the music world with her first televised performance of the summertime single on the mainstage. Fans can also expect to see stars like John Legend, Drake, Halsey, Camila Cabello, The Chainsmokers, Drake, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran rock the mic.

Divas unite

Both Cher and Céline Dion will bring the house down with epic performances we’re sure you’ll never forget. Two decades after Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” cemented its place in history, debuting in James Cameron’s action-packed romance Titanic, the diva will sing the powerful ballad once again, marking the film’s milestone anniversary. Meanwhile, Cher will perform her hit song “Believe” before receiving this year’s Icon Award.

The BBMAs will air live on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. ET. Will you be watching? Sound off in the comment section below.

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