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The 2016 Billboard Music Awards takes over Sin City next month. Before the main show arrives, nominees (finalists) in key major categories were announced on Good Morning America on Monday (Apr. 11). Ciara and Ludacris, who will serve as co-hosts as this year’s show, appeared on GMA to announced the finalists for Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Female Artist, Top New Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album and Top Hot 100 Song.

The Weeknd leads the BBMAs with 19 nominations in 16 categories including Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, and Top Hot 100 Artist. Justin Bieber follows in second with 12 nominations in 11 categories, while Drake and Fetty Wap who are tied with 11 nominations in 10 categories. Adele receives 8 nods, potentially making history by earning the most Billboard Music Awards wins surpassing Taylor Swift’s 20.

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards airs live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 22 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Check out all the nominees below.

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The 2016 MTV Movie Awards took over Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California on Saturday (Apr. 9). Hosted by Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the pre-taped show which aired on Sunday night (Apr. 10), featured performances by Ariana Grande and Halsey. Introduced by Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, the 22-year-old singer delivered a stripped-down jazz rendition of her latest single “Dangerous Woman.” Paying homage to Marilyn Monroe, Ariana performed in a bright pink dress, reminiscent of Marilyn’s look in the 1953 comedy/romance film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Ariana Grande’s appearance comes a month before her new album Dangerous Woman is set to hit stores on May 20. Her third solo LP will feature guest appearances by Nicki Minaj, Lil’ Wayne, Future, and Macy Gray.

Watch Ariana steal the show below.

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It was a historic moment for West Coast rap — and hip-hop as a whole — last night as N.W.A were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 28 years after the release of their iconic debut album Straight Outta Compton, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, DJ Yella, MC Ren and the late Eazy-E were finally recognized at a special induction ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

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It was the XO invasion at the 2016 Juno Awards on Sunday night (Apr. 3). After performing the song “Earned It” in 2015, The Weeknd returned this year to perform “Acquainted” at The Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. The Toronto singer was later joined by labelmate Belly, where the two long-time friends performed their “Might Not” collaboration for the first-time.

The night was a success for The Weeknd, who won five awards including Single of the Year and Artist of the Year. The live performance was recorded and used a few hours later, broadcasted during the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles.

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The third annual iHeartRadio Music Awards took over The Forum in Inglewood, California on Sunday night (Apr. 3). Hosted by Jason Derulo, the live show is lead by Taylor Swift and The Weeknd with nominations in seven categories. Adele follows right behind, receiving nominations in five categories. Taking a short break from his “Purpose World Tour,” Justin Bieber showed off his new blonde dreadlocks, opening this year’s show with a medley performance of “Love Yourself” and “Company.”

ZAYN, Iggy Azalea, Chris Brown, G-Eazy, and Fetty Wap are some of the young stars performing throughout the night.

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The stars gathered together at The Forum in Inglewood, California on Sunday (Apr. 3) for the third annual iHeartRadio Music Awards. Hosted by Jason Derulo, the three-hour show was highlighted with performances by Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, ZAYN, Iggy Azalea, Fetty Wap, G-Eazy and Bebe Rexha, and more. Pharrell Williams presented U2’s Bono and The Edge with the Innovator Award, while Justin Timberlake awarded Taylor Swift with Best Tour.

Before all the action inside, many of the industry’s finest showed off their style during red carpet arrivals. Taylor Swift caught the eyes of many with a shiny and sleek cat woman-like outfit, and Iggy Azalea was spotted with her engagement ring on despite recent infidelity issues with fiancée Nick Young. Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz, Diplo, Jhené Aiko, Calvin Harris, and more stopped to pose for photos and interviews before the main show kicked off with Justin Bieber.

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The BET Honors 2016, celebrating the lieves and achievements of African-American luminaries, took over the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. Hosted by Arsenio Hall, the 9th annual show aired on Monday night, honoring Patti LaBelle, L.A. Reid, former Attorney General Eric Holder, filmmaker Lee Daniels, and financier Mellody Hobson.

Patti LaBelle, who received the Award for Musical Arts, was tributed with a thrilling vocal performance by Fantasia. Award for Excellence in Entertainment recipient and music executive L.A. Reid was honored by a music icon he discovered, Usher. The R&B superstar delivered a medley set, getting the crowd on their feet with the closing song “U Don’t Have to Call.”

Jazmine Sullivan, Toni Braxton, Raheem DeVaughn, and Babyface also performed at this year’s show, which can be watched over at BET. Check out Usher and Fantasia’s moments on stage below.

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Chris Rock did an excellent job of voicing the cries of all who are sick of seeing the lack of racial diversity at the Oscars. While some of his peers boycotted and wrote off the annual award show, Rock took the opportunity to address the issue head on — and he didn’t slack on calling out the blatant racism in the movie industry one bit. After the jump, watch how Chris opened the 2016 Academy Awards with the facts mixed his trademark humor.

“It’s the 88th Academy Awards,” said Chris Rock. It’s the 88th Academy Awards, which means this whole no black nominees thing has happened at least 71 other times. O.K.? You gotta figure that it happened in the 50s, in the 60s — you know, in the 60s, one of those years Sidney didn’t put out a movie. I’m sure there were no black nominees some of those years. Say ‘62 or ‘63, and black people did not protest.”

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Days after his BRIT Awards performance, The Weeknd attended the 88th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, CA on Sunday night. Fresh off winning two Grammy Awards, the Toronto singer took to the Dolby Theatre stage to perform the song “Earned It” off the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.

Backed by dancers and string section, the XO crooner showed off his vocals with a live rendition of the Oscar-nominated song that’s up for “Best Original Song.”

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The 2016 BRIT Awards took over The 02 Arena in London on Wednesday. Once of the more anticipated performances came from Rihanna, who opened her electric set with “Consideration.” Off her platinum-selling ANTI, RiRi was joined by TDE songstress SZA who collaborated with the pop star on the song. From there, things got hot as Rihanna gave the first live performance of her new No. 1 singleWork,” with a surprise guest appearance from Drake.

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