This year’s pop “it” girl, Miley Cyrus, has been added to the list of performers along with Ricky Martin for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, airing live Sunday, May 18, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on ABC at 8 p.m.
They have been added to a group that includes Imagine Dragons, Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull, John Legend, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, Jason Derulo and OneRepublic.
Cyrus is a finalist in eight categories this year, including Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Digital Artist, Top Hot 100 Song and Top Streaming Song. She will appear from Manchester, England, where she is in the midst of her Bangerz Tour.
Ricky Martin was previously named Top New Latin Artist on the 1993 Billboard Music Awards, nabbing Hot 100 Singles Artist of the Year – Male and Male Artist of the Year on the 1999 edition. Martin’s new song “Vida,” off the FIFA World Cup official soundtrack, was the top debut on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart this week at No. 11. He recently peaked at No. 2 on Hot Latin Songs as a featured vocalist, along with Jennifer Lopez, on Wisin’s “Adrenalina.”
The first of this year’s presenters were also announced today, and they include Jordin Sparks, Kelly Rowland, Kendall Jenner, Kevin O’Leary, Mark Cuban, Pete Wentz and Wiz Khalifa, with more surprises promised.
The 2014 Billboard Music Award festivities get underway with the Samsung Red Carpet LIVE! @ The 2014 Billboard Music Awards, which will stream live on Yahoo at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. The two hour pre-show, hosted by Lance Bass, Jordin Sparks, Ted Stryker and more, can also be viewed at BillboardMusicAwards.com, Billboard.com, and additional online destinations by embedding the Yahoo Screen media player (available upon request). Fans can check out the full experience here.