Billboard Music Awards: Van Halen to Perform

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Billboard and Dick Clark Productions today announced the legendary rock group would join the line-up of performers for the big show later this month.

Van Halen’s participation at the annual gala is a real coup, and they’ll give a rock-hard edge to proceedings. The veteran outfit has sold close to 100 million records, and they earned induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 2007. But numbers only tell part of the tale. In Eddie Van Halen the group has one of the best guitarists ever to plug in. His brother, the drummer Alex, is a relentless, underrated talent, and the returning frontman David Lee Roth is a born entertainer and a one-of-a-kind performer. Indeed, the current lineup with Eddie’s son Wolfgang on bass will make its first performance at an awards show for the BBMAs.

They’ll join a stellar lineup that already includes Kelly Clarkson, Hozier, Nick Jonas, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith. The night will also feature special duet performances by Empire recording artists Jussie Smollett and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray with Estelle, Fall Out Boy featuring Wiz Khalifa, Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea and Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend

The 2015 Billboard Music Awards returns to ABC on Sunday, May 17 at 8 p.m. ET, and will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Ludacris will co-host with supermodel (and Legend's wife) Chrissy Teigen, while Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman and Robert Deaton are executive producers.

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