By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act April 17, 2013 at 1:23PM
"I'm honored to be a part of one of music's biggest nights. When you look at the artists who have come up through Billboard over the years, it's incredible... And how can you say no when Prince is going to be there!"
A quote from Tracy Morgan from the ABC press release received this morning.
Well, it should be an *interesting* night for Billboard. I wonder what their selection process/criteria was?
TRACY MORGAN TO HOST THE 2013 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS, AIRING SUNDAY, MAY 19 ON ABC
Awards Show Tickets On Sale Now
NEW YORK, NY APRIL 17, 2013 - Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, best known for his performances on "Saturday Night Live" and for his role on the hit series "30 Rock," will host the star-studded 2013 Billboard Music Awards, airing live from Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena SUNDAY, MAY 19 (8:00-11:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network, sponsored by Chevrolet and Las Vegas.
"I'm honored to be a part of one of music's biggest nights," said Tracy Morgan. "When you look at the artists who have come up through Billboard over the years, it's incredible. And how can you say no when Prince is going to be there!"
Tracy Morgan first hit the national stage when he joined "Saturday Night Live" in 1996. Morgan's journey to stardom skyrocketed during his seven season run on the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning "30 Rock" for which Morgan received his first individual Emmy nomination. The star is about to embark on his highly anticipated national stand-up comedy tour, "Excuse My French," hitting US cities through the end of June.
As host of the Billboard Music Awards, Morgan joins an impressive lineup of stars including previously announced performers Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Prince, Bruno Mars and Miguel. The awards show will also honor Billboard chart-topper and world-renowned music legend Prince with the Billboard Icon Award, highlighting his groundbreaking accomplishments in the music industry during the broadcast, to be executive produced by Don Mischer. For awards show updates including announcements on more musical acts and presenters, along with ticket information, visit www.billboard.com.
Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 12, 2012 through March 10, 2013.
Billboard Music Awards tickets, priced beginning at $75 for Upper Level and not including applicable service charges and taxes, are on sale now. Tickets are available at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith's Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to four (4) 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.