Billboard Music Awards: Kanye West to Close Show

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Kanye West

The awards show will air live May 17 on ABC.

Kanye West is coming to the Billboard Music Awards.

Organizers Billboard and Dick Clark Productions today announced the hip-hop superstar will make his first-ever performance on the BBMA stage this Sunday.

Kanye is no stranger to Billboard’s annual awards gala, and he’s enjoyed numerous stints atop Billboard’s charts. The rapper is a five-time BBMA winner, and he’s landed six albums at the summit of the Billboard 200. Through his career, Yeezy has had nearly 70 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including No. 1 singles "Gold Digger" and "Stronger," as well as the top 10 tracks "FourFiveSeconds," "Heartless" and "All Falls Down."

Kanye’s BBMA slot will play a big part in the buildup for the release of his forthcoming album, Swish. If recent chart history is anything to go by, Swish will be another slam dunk. Already this year, Kanye has had five songs crack the Hot 100, including three collaborations with Paul McCartney ("FourFiveSeconds," "Only One" and "All Day").

The Billboard Music Awards will be beamed live from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. It promises to be a particularly busy night for Taylor Swift. She’ll premiere her celeb-packed "Bad Blood" music video at the show, and she leads all finalists with 14 nods, just ahead of Sam Smith with 13. The likes of Mariah Carey, Van Halen, Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea and many more will perform.

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