The 24th annual Billboard Music Awards are this Sunday (May 22), and there are more than a few show-stopping reasons to turn on your TV and tune in.
The Weeknd is a favorite to collect the most awards, with a stunning 19 nominations in 16 categories. He’s even competing against himself, he’s so popular! Justin Bieber follows close behind with 12 nominations, while Fetty Wap and Drake both have 11.
Don’t count the ladies out though! Taylor Swift collected an impressive 8 nominations, as did Adele, who will be premiering her latest music video “Send My Love (To Your New Lover).” After the crazy success of her last music video, “Hello,” this new addition is expected to be stunning.
Perhaps the most anticipated event of the night, however, will be Kesha’s performance. After rumors that Dr. Luke and Kemosabe Records were exercising their power over her and her music yet again to keep her from performing at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, fans cried out with more pleas to “Free Kesha.”
Fortunately, an agreement was made at the last minute, and Kesha will be free to perform her cover of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe.” The singer took to Instagram after the announcement, thanking her fans for rallying behind her yet again. “Good work animals,” she says. “Looks like our voices can be heard after all.”
Ludacris and Ciara will co-host the event, which should give us all a good dose of nostalgia when added to Madonna’s tribute performance to Prince.
E! News will live stream the red carpet before the show, so you can catch all the stunning summer fashions.
The 24th annual Billboard Music Awards will air Sunday (May 22) at 8 p.m. ET/ 5p.m. PT on ABC.