Fueled by the fantastically filthy hit "F**k You," Cee Lo Green's latest solo album "The Lady Killer" built upon the singer/songwriter's legacy as a member of Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley. "F**k You" climbed to No. 2 on the Hot 100 earlier this year, while Green can now be seen coaching prospective vocal talents on NBC's new singing competition, "The Voice."
Minaj takes the stage as a finalist for four Billboard Music Awards, including Top New Artist and Top Rap Artist, after her debut disc "Pink Friday" hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The Young Money star has most recently been rocking stages across North America on her mentor Lil Wayne's I Am Still Music tour.
Pitbull enjoyed another year of hits, both with his own tracks ("Hey Baby (Drop it to the Floor)," "Give Me Everything") and as a guest feature (Usher's "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love," Jennifer Lopez's "On the Floor"). The rapper is a finalist for three Billboard Music Awards, including Top Latin Artist.
Rihanna, Eminem, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber lead the finalists for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, which were announced earlier this month at a press conference in Las Vegas. The awards take a holistic look at artist performance based on key fan interactions with music, including sales data shared by Nielsen SoundScan, radio airplay monitored by Nielsen BDS, streaming data measured by Tubemogul and Nielsen BDS, social media consumption gauged by Next Big Sound and tour grosses tracked by Billboard Boxscore. Finalists and winners are determined by chart performance and social and streaming activity as chronicled in Billboard magazine and on Billboard.com during the eligibility period of Feb, 28, 2010 and Mar. 1, 2011.
Hosted by "The Hangover Part II" star Ken Jeong, the BBMAs will air on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 22 at 8-11pm ET/PT. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. For up-to-the-minute updates on the show, visit our recently launched microsite, Billboard.com/BBMA, or follow along on Twitter (twitter.com/billboarddotcom) and Facebook (facebook.com/billboard).