Stefani, Ludacris, Blige join Billboard Awards


Gwen Stefani, Ludacris, the Fray and Mary J. Blige have been added to the performance lineup for the 2006 Billboard Music Awards, which air live on Fox Dec. 4 from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. They join previously announced performers Janet Jackson, Fergie and the Killers on the bill for the event.

In addition, Bowling For Soup, Carrie Underwood, Carmen Electra, Dave Navarro, Flavor Flav, Three 6 Mafia, Vanessa Minnillo and the cast of "High School Musical" will make appearances during the show, along with previously announced contributors Celine Dion, Rihanna, Chris Brown and "American Idol" alums Katharine McPhee and Chris Daughtry.

Finalists will be unveiled Nov. 27 for this year's awards, which honor the most popular recordings and artists of the year as determined by actual performance on Billboard's weekly charts.

The show is executive-produced by Greg Sills and Michael Levitt. Bruce Gowers will direct and Wylleen May is the executive in charge of production. A host has yet to be announced.