The 2013 Billboard Music Awards will be honoring Madonna with the Top Touring Artist Award for her 2012 MDNA tour. Madonna will take the stage to accept the prestigious award which recognizes the highest grossing concert touring act of the year. This award is a result of the extraordinary success of her global MDNA tour, which has grossed over $305 million from 88 sold-out shows before audiences of 2.2 million.
The broadcast, executive-produced by Don Mischer, will air live from Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on SUNDAY, MAY 19 (8:00–11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network, sponsored by Chevrolet, Las Vegas, Samsung Galaxy S® 4 and Buffalo David Bitton.
A cultural icon, Madonna is one of the most successful and influential entertainers of all time and was recently named Billboard’s Top Money Maker of 2012. When it comes to Billboard chart-topping history, Madonna is like no other: She holds the record for both the most Top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 (38) and No. 1s on the Dance Club Songs chart (43). She’s also earned 20 Top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 and 56 Hot 100 hits — 12 of which went straight to No. 1.
Atlantic recording artist and 14-time Grammy Award winner Bruno Mars, whose single, “When I Was Your Man,” has ascended to the No. 1 spot single on the Billboard’s Hot 100, will celebrate by opening the 2013 Billboard Music Awards with a live performance airing from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on SUNDAY, MAY 19 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. “The 2013 Billboard Music Awards” are sponsored by Chevrolet and the LasVegas Convention and Visitors Authority. For awards show updates and ticketing information, visit Billboard.com.
The single’s chart-topping success comes hot on the heels of the album’s sensational first single, “Locked Out of Heaven,” which held the No. 1 position for six consecutive weeks earlier this year. “When I Was Your Man,” which marks Mars’ fifth single to reach No. 1 on the Hot 100, has exceeded sales of 2 million stateside and 1 million overseas. Mars is among the nominees for the Billboard Music Awards’ Milestone Award.
Finalists for the Billboard Music Awards 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.
“When I Was Your Man” – the latest hit single from Atlantic recording artist Bruno Mars’ new album, “UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX” – has ascended to the #1 spot on Billboard’s “Hot 100.” The single’s chart-topping success comes hot on the heels of the album’s sensational first single, “Locked Out Of Heaven,” which held the #1 position for six consecutive weeks earlier this year. “When I Was Your Man,” which marks Mars’ fifth single to reach No. 1 on the “Hot 100,” has exceeded sales of 2 million stateside and 1 million overseas.
Mars will celebrate by opening the upcoming 2013 Billboard Music Awards with an eagerly anticipated live performance. The awards are set to air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 19th (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on The ABC Television Network (check local listings). In addition, Bruno is among the nominees for the event’s Milestone Award. Fans are invited to vote for the Chevrolet-sponsored honors now atwww.billboard.com/milestone/vote.
Furthermore, “When I Was Your Man” represents Mars’ sixth #1 single on Billboard’s “Mainstream Top 40” radio airplay chart, pushing him above Justin Timberlake and Nelly as the solo male artist with the most chart-toppers in the tally’s 20-year history. According to Billboard magazine, Mars has racked his first five Hot 100 No. 1s faster than any male since Elvis Presley. As if that weren’t enough, “When I Was Your Man” stands as Mars’ 11th song to pass 1 million downloads – all since his arrival on the scene just three short years ago. The GRAMMY®-winning superstar can now lay claim to a truly remarkable statistic, marking over 100 million singles sold worldwide in his role as both solo artist and as chart-topping writer/producer/featured performer.
Currently starring on the April cover of GQ, Mars offered a rendition of “When I Was Your Man” on a recent installment of the nationally syndicatedEllen DeGeneres Show. The performance can be viewed now at www.brunomars.com/news/when-i-was-your-man-performance-ellen-2354106.