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"The Voice" Recap: The Playoffs End with Usher Eliminating Two of His Artists

(l-r) T.J. Wilkins, Usher, Josh Kaufman, Bria Kelly; Trae Patton/NBCIt was the final night of the playoffs on The Voice on Tuesday night. All five artists from Team Usher performed in a bid to earn one of the remaining available spots in the live round.

Usher settled on Bria Kelly, Josh Kaufman and T.J. Wilkins, thereby eliminating Melissa Jiménez and Stevie Joe.

Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Shakira pared down their teams during the previous two episodes.

Here’s what happened during Tuesday night’s one-hour episode:

T.J. Wilkins got things started for Team Usher with a cover of “Tell Me Something Good,” by Rufus and Chaka Khan. Shakira misspoke by saying T.J.’s ability to reach the high note was his “ace under his sleeve.” Adam teased her for botching the idiom. Usher said T.J. nailed the playful nature of the period of time when “Tell Me Something Good” was released, the mid-1970s.

Melissa Jiménez delivered a stripped-down version of Beyoncé‘s “Halo.” Shakira said it was a brave move to take a different approach to the popular song. Adam said there were some moments that were beautiful, but other moments during which Melissa ran into trouble. Blake added that …read more

John Mayer Covers Beyonce Onstage in Australia

Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for LUTBOver the weekend, John Mayer tweeted his admiration for Beyoncé’s song “XO.” Now, he’s paid her the ultimate compliment by performing the song live on stage.

On April 12, John tweeted, “The best thing about Beyoncé? The break in her voice on the first ‘baby, love me lights out’ in XO. Real and raw.” On Tuesday in Adelaide, Australia, John sang a version of “XO” using only an acoustic guitar and a harmonica, and actually managed to make it sound like one of his own songs.

“XO” appears on Beyoncé’s current self-titled album, which she released with no warning in December, shocking both her fans and the entire music industry.

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Get a Sneak Preview of Katy Perry's New Collection for Claire's

Claire’s Stores Inc.Katy Perry‘s PRISM collection of fashion accessories will debut at Claire’s stores and online on May 15, but if you want a sneak preview, just head on over to the store’s European Twitter feed.

Katy’s line was officially launched in London on Tuesday, and video and photos from all the fashion reporters and bloggers who attended are all over the @ClairesEurope Twitter feed right now.

The photos reveal necklaces, bracelets and earrings with PRISM designs and themes, as well as notebooks, phone covers and more. There are also rings and bracelets that spell out ROAR across your fingers and wrists.

A note on the Claire’s Facebook page has a few more images, as well as the message, “Are you roaring about the #KatyPerryPRISMCollection yet? Katy Perry wants to see you in these pieces at her Prismatic World Tour. The collection officially arrives in-store and online on May 15!

Katy’s Prismatic World Tour gets underway next month in Northern Ireland.

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Earth, Wind & Fire's Philip Bailey Discusses His Life as a "Shining Star" in New Memoir

Viking AdultA new memoir by Philip Bailey, the longtime lead singer of Earth, Wind & Fire, is being published today. In Shining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth, Wind & Fire, Philip shares the story of the pioneering funk/soul band’s path to international stardom in the 1970s, as well as his own personal and spiritual struggles.

Led by founding member Maurice White, and powered by Philip’s multi-octave voice, Earth, Wind & Fire caught the attention of the music world with its dynamic blend of genres, colorful costumes and over-the-top stage shows.

After scoring an impressive string of hits from the mid-1970s through the early ’80s, White put the group on hiatus. Philip then found solo success thanks, in part, to the hit 1984 duet “Easy Lover” with Phil Collins, before Earth, Wind & Fire reformed later that same decade.

The book, which was co-written with Kent and Keith Zimmerman, recounts the many highs and lows Bailey experienced throughout his musical career, and takes a look at his struggle with the excesses of fame.

Shining Star is available in a hardbound edition and as an ebook.

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Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds to Receive Prestigious Award at Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Gala

Credit: Alex SermonImagine Dragons have already won an American Music Award and a Grammy, and they’re up for 12 Billboard Music Awards. Now, lead singer Dan Reynolds will have another accolade to add to his rapidly-filling trophy case.

Reynolds will receive the prestigious Hal David Starlight Award at this year’s Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Gala, which will be held June 12 in New York City. The award, named after legendary songwriter Hal David, is given annually to a young musician who is “making a significant impact in the music industry” with his or her original songs. With hits like “It’s Time,” “Demons” and “Radioactive,” Reynolds is definitely doing that.

Past winners of the Hal David Starlight Award include Taylor Swift, John Mayer, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Jason Mraz, Matchbox Twenty‘s Rob Thomas, and Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls.

In a statement, songwriting legend Jimmy Webb, chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, said, “Dan Reynolds is a dream ticket for the Songwriters Hall of Fame Starlight Award. He has helped create truly contemporary rock n’ roll with the band Imagine Dragons: a sound at once musically literate …read more

Got $10,000? You Could Meet Bruno Mars Backstage

Ray Mickshaw / FOXBruno Mars‘ Moonshine Jungle tour hits New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden on July 14, and if you’ve got the cash, you just might be able to hang with the singer backstage.

Bruno has teamed up with the website CharityBuzz.com to auction off four tickets for the show, as well as backstage access after the show; that’s where you’ll get a chance to meet Bruno in person. The only downside? You’ll have to get yourself to New York and pay for your own hotel.

Bidding for the auction closes on April 29, and when we last checked, the highest bid was already up to a whopping 10 grand. It’s sure to go higher still.

The money from the auction will go to the Stephen Gaynor School, an independent, non-profit New York City school for students with learning disabilities.

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Andy Grammer Plans to Debut Most of His New Album on Summer Tour

S-Curve RecordsAndy Grammer, best known for his hits “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me,” is back with a new single, “Back Home,” from his upcoming second album. If you want a preview of the disc, which is coming out this fall, make plans to catch Andy’s newly-announced headlining summer tour, because he’ll be debuting a huge chunk of his new material live onstage.

“I’m going to play almost all of it, which is kind of an interesting way to go,” he tells ABC News Radio about the new material. That’s because when he was putting together the new album, he specifically wrote the kinds of songs he felt he would make his live show more complete.

“I definitely wrote some songs knowing that I didn’t have ‘those’ [kinds of songs] yet and I need those. So I think the show will be a little more dynamic, because I specifically went in to write thinking like, ‘I wish I had one of those [songs].’ Or [I'd] see someone else play and be like, ‘Man, I need a song like that, that’s a little bit darker’…so …read more

"The Voice" Recap: Shakira and Adam's Teams Perform in the Playoffs

Trae Patton/NBCThe Voice resumed its playoff round on Monday night, with artists from Shakira and Adam Levine‘s teams performing for the opportunity to advance in the competition. Only three of five artists from each squad ultimately made the cut.

Blake Shelton previously watched his artists take part in the playoffs last week. Usher‘s protégés will have their turn on Tuesday night.

Here’s what happened on Monday night’s two-hour episode:

Kristen Merlin offered the first performance of the night for Team Shakira: a rendition of Carrie Underwood‘s “Two Black Cadillacs.” Adam said she’s at the top of her game. Adam and Blake both thought it was Kristen’s best performance of the season. Shakira said Kristen was in control and had command of the stage.

Deja Hall took on Jordan Sparks‘ “Battlefield.” Blake and Usher both observed that she came out of her shell with the performance. Shakira said Deja showed off a more aggressive voice.

Tess Boyer belted out Christina Perri‘s “Human.” Her original coach, Usher, called her ability to hold notes “super-human.” Another of Tess’ former coaches, Blake, said Tess handled with ease what is typically a difficult song to perform. Shakira said …read more

Passenger Announces North American Summer Tour

Credit: Shervin LainezFollowing the global success of the song “Let Her Go,” Passenger — the singer/songwriter born Mike Rosenberg — is getting ready to release his new album, Whispers, on June 10. Now, he’s announced a North American headlining tour in support of the disc.

The tour gets underway August 2 in Atlanta, and wraps up September 14 in San Diego. Tickets go on sale April 15.

Passenger has also been nominated for three Billboard Music Awards: Top New Artist, Top Rock Artist, and Top Rock Song, for “Let Her Go.”

Here are the tour dates:

8/2 — Atlanta, GA, Buckhead Theatre
8/3 — Nashville, TN, Marathon Music Works
8/5 — Charlotte, NC, Amos’ Southend
8/6 — Washington, D.C., Echostage
8/8 — Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory
8/10 — New York, NY, Central Park Summerstage
8/13 — Boston, MA, House of Blues
8/14 — Montreal, QC, Metropolis
8/16 — Toronto, ON, The Sound Academy
8/17 — Detroit, MI, St. Andrew Hall
8/19 — Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall
8/20 — Indianapolis, IN, Deluxe , Old National Center
8/22 — Chicago, IL, Vic Theatre
8/24 — Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
8/30 — Austin, TX, Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
8/31 — Dallas, TX, House of Blues
9/3 — Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
9/6 — Seattle, WA, Showbox SoDo
9/7 — Vancouver, BC, Malkin Bowl
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Who Ate All the Custom Cakes in Katy Perry's New Lyric Video?

Capitol RecordsIf you checked out the new lyric video for Katy Perry‘s single “Birthday,” you know that it’s chock full of delicious treats, including cakes, cupcakes and candy. All the sweets were real, and were created especially for the video by Ace of Cakes chef Duff Goldman and his team at Los Angeles’ Cakemix Bakery & DIY Decorating Studio. But who got to eat all those yummy cakes at the end of the shoot? Well, it wasn’t Katy.

“The camera guys, sound guys, production guys took those home,” Goldman tells People magazine. “I’m sure there are photos of them all at home with their families eating Katy Perry cakes!” But Katy herself, who appears briefly at the end of the video, did get a little something for her efforts: Duff’s team made her a gift of some glittery pink cupcakes that spelled out her name.

Goldman also reveals that he and his team of 12 created everything in the video in less than a week, following a list of shots that called for a hamburger cake, a cat cake, a cake that …read more

Billy Joel's Daughter Recovering After Collapsing on Stage

Image Courtesy Alexa Ray Joel via InstagramBilly Joel‘s daughter Alexa Ray Joel has been having a rough time lately. First, she had to deny rumors that she’d had plastic surgery. Now, she’s ended up in the hospital after collapsing on stage.

As People magazine reports, Alexa was performing at New York’s Cafe Carlyle over the weekend when she passed out on stage. She was rushed to the emergency room and diagnosed with a condition called vasovagal syncope, in which the blood temporarily stops flowing to the brain. However, it’s not a serious condition, and doesn’t require any treatment.

In a statement, Alexa tells People, “I wanted to thank everyone for coming out to support me. I was excited and determined to fulfill my final performance and I really wanted to end my run with a bang, but this was not what I had in mind and hope I have the opportunity to make it up to the wonderful audience very soon. Thanks for all the concern.”

The night of the collapse, Alexa had previously announced from the stage that she wasn’t feeling well because she’d …read more

Taylor Swift Crashes Super-Fan's Bridal Shower

Gena Gabrielle via InstagramTaylor Swift was full of big surprises this past weekend. After showing up unannounced during Seth Rogen‘s Saturday Night Live monologue Saturday night, Taylor flew to Columbus, Ohio to surprise one of her big fans, Gena Gabrielle, at her bridal shower on Sunday. Gena documented the entire event on Instagram.

Of course, Taylor didn’t show up empty-handed. She gave Gena a KitchenAid mixer, along with a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies. Gena revealed those were the same cookies Taylor baked with her pal, Olympian Gracie Gold, last week.

According to Gena, Taylor told her, “This is my first bridal shower, and Gena’s last.”

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fun.'s Jack Antonoff on New Solo Project, Band's Next Album and Being an "Equality Champion"

Daniel Silbert/RCA Recordsfun.‘s smash album Some Nights came out in 2012, and there’s no word on when we can expect the follow-up. But that doesn’t mean the band’s members are just sitting around: guitarist Jack Antonoff, in particular, has been busy co-writing songs with artists like Taylor Swift, Christina Perri and Sara Bareilles, and now he’s gearing up to release his first solo project.

Jack’s already released the first single from that project — it’s called “I Wanna Get Better.” But he didn’t put it out under his own name: it, and the album, were recorded under the name Bleachers. Why not just use his actual name? Jack tells ABC News Radio, “I thought about it, but calling it my name felt a little bit…too loaded…it felt like it was putting too much spotlight on the fact that it was a ‘solo project,’ and not…the fact that it was its own body of work. So I wanted to call it something because I just wanted it to be its own thing.”

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Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter Ties the Knot in Santa Barbara

Image courtesy Nick Carter via Instagram

Nick Carter is now a married man. The Backstreet Boys singer on Saturday tied the knot with his fiancée, Lauren Kitt, during a sunset ceremony at the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, California. Carter tweeted the news: “Happiest day of my life 4-12-2014 I married my best friend and woman of my dreams. Lauren Kitt Carter honeymoon time!”

According to People magazine, more than 100 guests attended the nuptials. Nick’s younger brother, Aaron Carter, was not one of them; his rep explains to People that Aaron had already committed to perform at a Washington, D.C., event. While Aaron had planned to fly across the country for the final two hours of the reception, his plane was grounded due to mechanical problems, the rep says.

Nick, 34, got engaged to Lauren, an actress and fitness expert, in February of 2013.

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Jennifer Lopez Honored at GLAAD Media Awards

Frank Micelotta/FOXJennifer Lopez had a good night Saturday night in Beverly Hills at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, which recognize outstanding images of the LGBT community in the media.

The ABC Family series The Fosters, which counts J-Lo as an executive producer, earned the prize for outstanding drama series.

In addition, the American Idol judge was this year’s recipient of the Vanguard Award. The award is presented to artists and media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Orange Is the New Black transgender actress Laverne Cox accepted the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is given to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality. The award was presented to her by Ellen Page, who came out in February.

Legendary TV producer Norman Lear, whose credits include All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Maude, was honored with the Pioneer Award.

Winners on the night also included the HBO biopic Behind the Candelabra, which was named outstanding TV movie or miniseries; the NBC soap Days of Our Lives, which earned the prize for outstanding …read more

Lionel Richie Planning Not One but Two New Albums

Alen Silfen/UMG NashvilleLionel Richie‘s most recent album, Tuskegee, was his first #1 disc since 1986′s Dancing on the Ceiling, and one of the top-selling albums of 2012. What will he do for an encore? Make not one, but two new albums.

Speaking to Channel News Asia, the veteran performer reveals that he’s doing “two albums at the same time right now” — but they’re very different. “I’m working with the world’s greatest deejays to re-create some of the music I’ve already done,” he explains. “I’m finishing up my second big album. That’s going to be my new material. It’s about time to put out some new songs. I am writing them right now.”

It has been a while since Lionel released any new material: 2009, to be specific. Tuskegee was made up of new versions of his classic hits, sung as duets with top country music stars. There’s no word on a release date for either of these albums.

Meanwhile, Lionel will kick off the North American leg of his All the Hits All Night Long tour May 29 in Vancouver. The …read more

Katy Perry Takes In the Coachella Party Scene

Image credit: Ryan McGinleyKaty Perry hit the Coachella festival over the weekend for some fun — but not to take selfies.

People reports that on Friday, she made an appearance at a poolside party presented by Harper’s Bazaar magazine. Its source says Katy “seemed really relaxed and was having a great time.”

However, she refused to take a selfie, and she later tweeted, “Dear festival friends remember, selfing is a disease.” She did show off her new green hairstyle in a photo that also featured a People magazine reporter.

The following day, she attended the Lacoste Live Pool Party, where she chatted with Glee actress Lea Michele. Later, she hung out with friend and Twilight star Robert Pattinson at the H&M Loves Music bash. A People insider notes that Katy, Robert and Robert’s pals “chatted and bobbed their heads along to Major Lazer before Perry eventually disappeared further into the crowd.”

Other musicians who were spotted at Coachella over the weekend include Lorde, Kesha and Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler.

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Taylor Swift, Katy Perry Make Cameos in Opening Segment of MTV Movie Awards

Image courtesy MTVTaylor Swift was all over TV this weekend. One night after she popped up on Saturday Night Live, she made an appearance Sunday night in the opening sketch of the MTV Movie Awards.

In the taped segment, host Conan O’Brien vowed to get 50 celebrities to make cameos in the show’s open. Taylor Swift was one of the stars with whom he briefly interacted. The scene featured Taylor and Conan soaking their nails.

Taylor was hoping to spend as little time with Conan as possible, but he suggested that they could “maybe hang for the day.”

Later in the clip, Katy Perry is seen overpowering Conan in arm wrestling.

There were a couple of pop musicians who won awards, though not during the MTV broadcast. The Backstreet Boys earned the prize for best musical moment, for their role in This Is The End. Rihanna won the award for best cameo, for appearing in the same movie.

Rihanna teamed up with Eminem during the show for a live performance of their hit, “The Monster” In addition, Zedd and Ellie Goulding performed their Divergent songs “Find You” and “Beating Heart.”

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Pharrell Williams Recalls Writing "Happy" in New Episode of Oprah Prime

Columbia RecordsPharrell Williams speaks candidly with Oprah Winfrey about this infectious hit “Happy” in an all-new episode of OWN’s Oprah Prime, airing Sunday.

In a newly released minute-long teaser, Pharrell’s asked how his Oscar-nominated song came together. “My best songs come from two different ways. Either when I have a really good gut feeling about something. It’s written in the shower or on a plane,” the hitmaker explains.

After trying to write the song several times for the Despicable Me soundtrack, Pharrell reveals that “Happy” came to him while in the shower.

“Some of my best verses come from there. Right? And some of my best songs. But then some of my crazy half-court shots, you know, where you just go — swish,” he says referring to his hit single. “And it’s not because you’re that good. It’s because you’re out of ideas. And that’s what happened. I hit zero. And I just hit a place of openness because I had nothing else left.”

The full interview will air Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.

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Taylor Swift Pops Up on "Saturday Night Live" to Support Pal Ed Sheeran

Image Courtesy Ed Sheeran via InstagramTaylor Swift’s now a part-time New York City resident, so she didn’t have to go out of her way too much to make a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend.

The singer appeared onstage during host Seth Rogen’s opening monologue, along with a few other unannounced guests: Zooey Deschanel and James Franco. Rogen angrily insisted that he didn’t need his famous friends to come by and help him out, and when he asked Taylor what she was doing there, she replied, “You’re getting really upset, and when a man shows emotion, I appear!”

But the real reason she was there was to support her good friend Ed Sheeran, who was making his Saturday Night Live debut. In fact, it was she, and not Rogen, who announced that he was the musical guest. Ed performed two songs from his forthcoming album, X: “Sing” and “Don’t.” The latter song is about a woman Ed was seeing, who he claims cheated on him with a friend while they were staying at the same hotel. While the woman in question was a musician, Ed has …read more

Train to Rock Tortuga Music Festival on Saturday

RocktheOcean.comTrain is currently working on a new album, but that doesn’t mean they can’t leave the studio every once in a while to play some live music. The band is one of the headliners for the two-day Tortuga Music Festival, taking place this Saturday and Sunday on the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Train, who will perform Saturday, is one of the very few pop acts on the bill: it’s a mostly country music lineup, with acts like Eric Church, Billy Currington and Brett Eldredge. The festival is essentially a charity event designed to benefit the Rock the Ocean Foundation, which raises awareness of issues affecting the world’s oceans.

Train frontman Pat Monahan tells USA Today, “Playing music is what I love to do. I don’t know how to do anything else, so if the occasion arises that I can raise awareness and a little bit of money, [I will]. I’m on the water as often as I can be. We need the ocean more than it needs us.”

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John Legend Schedules Intimate L.A. Charity Concert

PR NewswireGood news for John Legend fans: The singer will give an intimate concert in Los Angeles on April 21. Bad news for John Legend fans: You have to be a Citi ThankYou card member to attend.

The concert, at the Emerson Theatre in L.A., will benefit Teach for America, a nonprofit organization that supports educational equality by recruiting teachers to educate kids in low-income communities in the U.S. Tickets to the show go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. PT at Citi.com/Thankyouevents; they cost $100 each.

“Performing in an intimate setting is special for both me and my fans,” John says in a statement.

John will be performing in a much larger setting next month, when he takes the stage at the Billboard Music Awards, airing live on ABC from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 18.

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Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Daryl Hall's "Live from Daryl's House" Will Be Back for Another Season

Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of FameDaryl Hall has something else to feel great about, besides the fact that he’s just been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: His TV show Live from Daryl’s House has been renewed for another season.

The show, which features Daryl jamming with different artists in a variety of musical genres, airs on the HD music channel Palladia; production on the new season will begin in the fall. The show used to literally be taped in Daryl’s house in New York State, but since that home was sold, the show has moved to a club called “Daryl’s House,” which is in Pawling, New York. The new shows will debut in early 2015 on Palladia and at LiveFromDarylsHouse.com.

“Palladia understands what my show is about, and I look forward to my continued relationship with them,” said Daryl in a statement.

Some of the artists who’ve been featured on Live From Daryl’s House in the past have included Gavin DeGraw, Rob Thomas, Jason Mraz, Plain White T’s, Cee Lo Green, Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, Joe Walsh, Smokey Robinson and, …read more

Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga Duets Album Finally Arriving in September

Credit: Kelsey BennettIt’s been delayed a number of times, but now, Tony Bennett says his duets album with Lady Gaga will definitely be released in September. In fact, Bennett tells Showbiz411.com that the album, Cheek to Cheek, will be released before the Grammy Awards eligibility deadline of September 30.

The disc, which features him and Gaga teaming up on jazz standards, was supposed to come out in January; then it was moved to March. The delays, according to Showbiz411.com, had to do with the desire to have the album released well after Gaga’s latest album, ARTPOP, and after her tour, which starts next month, is complete. This way, she’ll be free to make TV appearances alongside Bennett to promote the album.

“Wait ’til you hear her voice,” the legendary crooner told the website, talking about Gaga. “She’s a real singer.”

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OneRepublic, John Legend, Imagine Dragons Among First Performers Announced for 2014 Billboard Music Awards

ABCThe first performers announced for this year’s Billboard Music Awards are a mix of nominated stars, and artists who are currently having great success on the charts.

OneRepublic will perform on the show; the band is up for Top Duo/Group and Top Digital Song, and is also a nominee for the Milestone Award. Imagine Dragons, also on the bill, are among the lead nominees this year, with a whopping 12 nods, including Top Artist. Country superstar Luke Bryan, who’s received six nominations, will perform, as will John Legend, who’s not a nominee but is having his greatest-ever chart success with the hit “All of Me.” As previously announced, Jason Derulo is also among this year’s performers.

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards will air May 18 on ABC, live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at 8 p.m. ET.

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