GREEN DAY, R. KELLY AND TOBY KEITH TO PERFORM AT "THE 2005 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS" LIVE FROM THE MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, ON FOX
Carmen Electra, Bo Bice, Nick Cannon, Chingy, Hulk & Brooke Hogan and the Blue Man Group to Make Special Appearances
Green Day, R. Kelly and Toby Keith will perform at THE 2005 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena Tuesday, Dec. 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/tape-delayed PT) on FOX. Carmen Electra, Bo Bice, Nick Cannon, Chingy, Hulk & Brooke Hogan and the Blue Man Group will make special appearances. As previously announced, Tom Petty will receive the Century Award, Billboard's highest accolade. The show's host, additional performers and additional artists scheduled to appear will be announced closer to air.
Live from the legendary Las Vegas Strip and featuring performances and appearances by the year's chart-topping artists, THE 2005 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS recognizes the year's leading artists and songs as determined by actual performance on Billboard's weekly charts. The show celebrates the record-buying, Internet-downloading and radio-listening public's favorite songs, albums and performers, creating a true souvenir of the year in music.
With four multi-platinum albums and countless Top-10 singles on the modern rock charts, Green Day has become one of the most influential punk rock bands to break into the pop mainstream. Green Day's debut album "Dookie" sold over 11 million copies worldwide and won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance in 1994. The band continued to develop a cult following with Top-10 hits like "Hitchin a Ride" and "Time of your Life." In 2004, the band released "American Idiot," which was the band's first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 chart. The record has spawned three No. 1 Modern Rock hits, including the title track, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "Holiday." The trio has sold over 20 million albums to date.
Artist, songwriter and producer R. Kelly has earned an incredible 30 top-10 hit singles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in his career. They include "Bump N' Grind," "Down Low (Nobody Has To Know)," "Fiesta" and his 2005 high-drama hit "Trapped in the Closet." He has achieved nine No. 1 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and sold over 21 million albums in the U.S. Kelly has written or produced Hot 100 hits for a bevy of stars, including Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Aaliyah and Michael Jackson. Kelly is the recipient of 15 Billboard Music Awards.
Toby Keith's latest CD, "Honkytonk University," debuted at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart upon its release in May. His current single "Big Blue Note" was the highest debut for a new label in history. The set also contains the Hot Country Songs No. 1 hit "As Good As I Once Was," which became Keith's 15th No. 1 country single. To date, Keith has achieved 11 top-10 country albums � four of which reached No. 1. Keith has sold over 25 million albums in the U.S. to date.
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MGM Grand, "The City of Entertainment" in Las Vegas, features 5,034 guest rooms and suites, a state-of-the-art gaming complex, world-class entertainment venues, signature restaurants by celebrity chefs and the $100 million Conference Center for meetings/conventions, all centrally located on the Las Vegas Strip. For room availability and information about MGM Grand, call (800) 929-1111 or (702) 891-7777 or log onto the website at www.mgmgrand.com.
Bob Bain returns for his 10th year as executive producer of the Billboard Music Awards. Bruce Gowers will direct and Greg Sills will serve as supervising producer. Paul Flattery is producer and Wylleen May is the executive in charge of production.