Back for the third time in a row, rapper Ludacris will return to host the Billboard Music Awards next month and will be joined by Ciara for the annual extravaganza.
The 2016 Billboard Music Awards will be held May 22 at the brand-new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a live broadcast at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
“It is my honor to host the Billboard Music Awards for the third year and a pleasure to host with my good friend Ciara,” Ludacris said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to another great show in a new and exciting venue.”
“The Billboard Music Awards is one of best awards shows to honor chart success. My great friend Ludacris and I have also shared songs together on the Billboard chart,” added Ciara. “I look forward to sharing the stage with him on this special night. It will definitely be a night to remember!”
Billboard Music Awards finalists across six categories will be announced Monday on ABC’s Good Morning America, with more categories to follow on the Billboard Music Awards Facebook and Periscope accounts. Then, a live stream on ABC News will announce the remaining categories. Finalists are selected based on key fan interactions with music, such as album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social engagement tracked by Billboard and its data partners. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 23, 2015, through March 17, 2016.