Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea Next Announced Performers for '2014 Billboard Awards'
Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea, two of the hottest new performers on the pop music scene, have been added to the lineup on Sunday’s nationally televised 2014 Billboard Music Awards, on ABC.
Grande and Azalea join a list of previously announced performers, including 5 Seconds of Summer, Florida Georgia Line, Imagine Dragons, Jason Derulo, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Lorde, Luke Bryan, Miley Cyrus, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, OneRepublic, Pitbull, and Ricky Martin.
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This year's Top New Artist finalist Grande will perform her single, “Problem,” featuring Azalea, the biggest debut of the year, selling 438,000 downloads in its first week and debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart and No. 3 on the Hot 100. The 20-year-old became the youngest woman ever to debut with more than 400,000 downloads. It’s the first single from her upcoming second album, due out in the fall. Her first album, Yours Truly, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2013, spawning the No. 9 hit single, “The Way.”
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Aussie rapper Azalea first made her mark in 2011 with a debut mix tape, Ignorant Art. Since then, she’s had two Top 20 singles on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart, including the No. 1 hit “Fancy,” which she’ll perform on the show, and is currently at No. 4 on the Hot 100. With “Problem” currently at No. 3, Azalea is the first female rapper ever to have two songs concurrently in the top five of the Hot 100 chart. Her album, The New Classic, is No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop & Rap Album Charts — a first for a female rapper from outside the U.S.