DNCE, THE GO-GO’S AND SHAWN MENDES
TO PERFORM AT ‘2016 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS’
Multi-Platinum Rock Group The Go-Go’s Will Celebrate the
35th Anniversary of ‘We Got The Beat’ and Tease Farewell Tour
Ludacris and Ciara to Host the Award Show Live From
T-Mobile Arena on SUNDAY, MAY 22nd at 8:00 p.m. EDT / 5:00 p.m. PDT on ABC
Billboard and dick clark productions announced today that platinum-selling group DNCE, iconic female rock band The Go-Go’s and breakout star Shawn Mendes will perform on the “2016 Billboard Music Awards.” The Go-Go’s performance will celebrate the 35th anniversary of their smash hit “We Got The Beat” and offer viewers a glimpse of their North American Farewell Tour, which is set to launch this summer. The “2016 Billboard Music Awards” will broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on ABC. For the first time in Billboard Music Awards history, viewers on the West Coast will watch the show live along with fellow fans on the East Coast. This year’s show, which will be hosted by hip-hop artist Ludacris and international music sensation Ciara, will showcase big performances, unexpected collaborations and much discussed pop culture moments. These artists join previously announced musical performer P!nk, who will make the world television debut of her new single, “Just Like Fire.”
Formed in the summer of 2015, DNCE first introduced themselves to audiences worldwide with the release of their debut single “Cake By The Ocean,” and have since gone on to become one of 2016’s most buzzworthy acts. A top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, “Cake By The Ocean” is now certified platinum and has entered the top 3 on the Pop Songs radio chart and climbing. The track also vaulted to #1 on Spotify’s Global Viral and U.S. Viral 50 charts and reached #6 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs chart. To date, the song’s worldwide video views are nearly 60 million and counting. Internationally, “Cake By The Ocean” reached Top 10 on iTunes in over 10 countries, and has generated over 150 million streams on Spotify. What’s more, the band’s debut EP, SWAAY (Republic Records), entered the top 10 of the iTunes Pop Chart upon its release and has spent more than four months on the Billboard 200 chart. Assembled by frontman Joe Jonas, DNCE’s all-star bandmates include bassist & keyboardist Cole Whittle, who co-founded the band Semi Precious Weapons, South Korean bred guitarist JinJoo, who has toured with the Jonas Brothers, Charli XCX and CeeLo Green, and drummer Jack Lawless, who has previously joined the Jonas Brothers, Night Terrors of 1927 and Soft Swells on the road. Next up, DNCE will be the opening act for multi-platinum singer and actress Selena Gomez’ 2016 “Revival Tour” this summer.
The multi-platinum rock group The Go-Go’s will embark on their farewell tour this summer to commemorate a groundbreaking thirty-eight years in the music industry. The tour will feature members Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock and Jane Wiedlin performing their timeless catalog. The legendary rock group made history as the first, and to date only, all-female rock band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to ever top the Billboard 200 albums chart. The Go-Go’s rose to fame during the early 1980s after the release of their debut album, Beauty and the Beat, which was #1 on the Billboard 200 for six consecutive weeks, selling three million copies, and making it one of the most successful debut albums of all time. The set contained the smash singles “Our Lips Are Sealed” and “We Got the Beat,” with the latter reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 1982, The Go-Go’s were nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best New Artist” and the group also released their sophomore album, Vacation, which was certified Gold in the U.S. and spawned another top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit with the title track. In 2011, the trailblazing band was honored with a Star on the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes has emerged from viral sensation to major best-selling status almost overnight. Soon after artist manager Andrew Gertler discovered and introduced Mendes to now-label Island Records in early 2014, Shawn’s debut single “Life Of The Party” broke records, topping the iTunes Charts and selling 148,000 copies in its first week in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music, due to his legions of fans. The success of the song made Shawn the youngest artist ever to debut in the Billboard Hot 100 chart’s top 25 with their first chart entry. In April 2015, Shawn released his debut album Handwritten, which debuted #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and includes “ Stitches” (a No. 1 hit on the Mainstream Top 40 chart and certified 4x platinum), as well as three other certified platinum singles “Life of the Party,” “Something Big” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” Mendes was named as one of TIME Magazine’s Most Influential Teens of 2014 and 2015, as well as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2016, and won “Favorite New Artist” at the 2016 People’s Choice Awards. Mendes’ also joined Taylor Swift on her “1989 World Tour,” as well as on his own headlining World Tour including shows at LA’s Greek Theatre & NY’s Radio City Music Hall, as well as his hometown Air Canada Center, all of which sold out in just minutes.
Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of tracking dates March 23, 2015 through March 17, 2016 and Billboard chart dates April 11, 2015 through April 2, 2016. Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of a musician’s success.
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About “2016 Billboard Music Awards”
The “2016 Billboard Music Awards” are set to return to ABC and will be broadcast live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 22 at 8:00pm ET/ 5:00pm PT. The show will showcase this year’s hottest and biggest music stars. Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social engagement. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 23, 2015 through March 17, 2016. The “2016 Billboard Music Awards” is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman and Robert Deaton are Executive Producers.
About dick clark productions
dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming, with the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “American Country Countdown Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Hollywood Film Awards” and the “Streamy Awards.” Weekly television programming includes “So You Think You Can Dance,” from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group and dcp. dcp also owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries, with more than 55 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.