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[05/09/11 - 01:37 PM]
Multi-Platinum Recording Artist and Global Superstar Beyonce to Be Honored With the 2011 Billboard Millennium Award, Airing May 22 on ABC
Musical artists performing at the show include Cee Lo, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, The Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Taio Cruz.

[via press release from ABC]

MULTI-PLATINUM RECORDING ARTIST AND GLOBAL SUPERSTAR BEYONCÉ TO BE HONORED WITH THE 2011 BILLBOARD MILLENNIUM AWARD, AIRING MAY 22 ON ABC

2011 Billboard Music Awards Will Be Hosted by Ken Jeong, Airing Live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas

Recording artist, actress, producer and philanthropist Beyoncé will receive the 2011 Billboard Millennium Award celebrating her career achievements and influence in the music industry. The award will be presented at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards hosted by Ken Jeong, airing live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, SUNDAY, MAY 22 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Musical artists performing at the show include Cee Lo, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, The Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Taio Cruz.

One of the most widely recognized and highly respected women in pop culture, Beyoncé was a founding member and front woman of Destiny's Child, one of the most celebrated female groups in music history. With three chart-topping solo albums, indelible images and a series of visionary videos, she has developed into an iconic artist. She has won numerous accolades and awards, including 16 Grammy Awards and ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year award. Her superstar duet with Shakira, "Beautiful Liar," set the all-time record for the biggest chart jump in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, bulleting upward an unprecedented 91 slots (No. 94 to No. 3) in a single week. Additionally, Billboard Magazine named the "I AM... World Tour," where she performed to 1.1 million fans on every continent, the No. 1 concert attraction of 2009. Billboard also named Beyoncé Woman of the Year in October 2009 and Top Female Artist of the Decade in December 2009.

Beyoncé is currently finishing her fourth solo studio album, due for release later this year. The lead single, "Run the World (Girls)," debuted on radio worldwide on April 21, 2011.

Ticket prices begin at $57.75 for Upper Level, not including applicable service charges and taxes, and are now on sale and available at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith's Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

"The 2011 Billboard Music Awards" is co-executive produced by Richard D. Beckman, CEO, Prometheus Global Media, and Don Mischer Productions. Louis J. Horvitz is directing. David Wild and Jennifer Mischer are writers. The special will be broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HD format, with 5.1 channel sound. This program carries a TV-14 D, L parental guideline.

Visit www.Billboard.com/BBMA.com for a complete list of finalists and to apply for media credentials. Music fans can also follow news about the show or related events on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ billboarddotcom or Facebook at www.facebook.com/billboard.





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