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When superstars come together on a collaboration, the results can be electrifying. The 2013 Billboard Music Awards promise to be a highly-charged night, with confirmation that some of the biggest names in music will team-up to perform their biggest hits on the night.
A few of the collaborations tipped for the May 19 (on ABC at 8 ET) show are Will.I.Am with Justin Bieber on “That Power”; Christina Aguilera, Pitbull and a special surprise guest, with “Feel This Moment”; Ne-Yo, with David Guetta and Akon on “Play Hard”; Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez, on “Live It Up”; and Nicki Minaj with Lil Wayne, on “High School.”
The confirmed performances list for the 2013 Billboard Awards:
• Christina Aguilera, Pitbull, special guest, “Feel This Moment”
• David Guetta, Ne-Yo & Akon, “Play Hard”
• Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull, “Live It Up”
• Will.I.Am & Justin Bieber, “That Power”
• Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne, “High School”
• Justin Bieber, “Take You”
• Chris Brown, “Fine China”
• Selena Gomez, “Come And Get It”
• Icona Pop, “I Love It”
• Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Thrift Shop”
• Bruno Mars, “Treasure”
• Miguel, “Adorn”
• Kacey Musgraves, “Merry Go Round”
• The Band Perry, “Better Dig Two”
• Prince (To be revealed)
• Ed Sheeran, “Lego House”
• Taylor Swift, “22”
Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars, who have all topped the Billboard 200 in the past year, as well as critically acclaimed R&B stylist Miguel, are each set to perform at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, airing live on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 19.
They join previously announced performer Prince, who will be honored with the Billboard Icon Award during the broadcast, produced by Don Mischer and sponsored by Chevrolet and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
In addition to performing, Bieber, Miguel, Swift and Mars are each up for the new fan-driven Milestone Award. As reported earlier this week, Billboard and Chevrolet have teamed up to give fans the chance to vote for their favorite artist online and enter a contest to win an opportunity to present the award live at this year’s event alongside Cee Lo Green.
At last year’s event, Adele dominated with twelve awards, including Top Artist, while LMFAO followed with six nods. The show featured over 15 live performances from some of the biggest names in music, including Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson and Usher, and resulted in a ratings win for ABC, attracting its second-largest audience since 2003.
Billboard Music Award tickets go on sale tomorrow, April 4 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, and will be available at MGM Grand and Ticketmaster locations. The show will air Sunday, May 19 at 8/7c on ABC. Stay tuned for more announcements on musical acts and presenters.
Voting is now open! Vote for Bieber on Billboard.com/milestone.