Watch the 2011 Billboard Music Awards LIVE on DISH Network Sunday Night

The top artists in the music industry will be making their way to the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas this weekend for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, which will air live on DISH Network this Sunday, May 22 from 8-11pm on ABC. Viewers will get to watch performances from industry favorites like Ke$ha, Ne-Yo, OneRepublic, Far*East Movement, Rihanna, Keith Urban, Nicky Minaj and the Black Eyed Peas. Beyonce will also be awarded the Billboard Millenium Award on Sunday for her achievements in music.

According to a statement from Billboard.com: “The awards will reflect Billboard’s chart rankings based on key fan interactions with music, including album, single and digital sales, touring, streaming and social interactions on MySpace, Facebook and other popular online destinations for music.”

Here is a list of some of the categories of nominations for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards:

  • Top Artist: Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Eminem
  • Top New Artist: Justin Bieber, Taio Cruz, Ke$ha, Bruno Mars, Nicky Minaj
  • Top Male Artist: Justin Bieber, Drake, Eminem, Bruno Mars, Usher
  • Top Female Artist: Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Taylor Swift
  • Top Duo/Group: The Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, Lady Antebellum, Linkin Park, U2
  • Top Hot 100 Artist: Ke$ha, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Usher
  • Top Touring Artist: Michael Buble, Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, U2, Roger Waters
  • Top Social Artist: Akon, Justin Bieber, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Rihanna
  • Top Pop Artist: Justin Bieber, The Black Eyed Peas, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry
  • Top R&B Artist: Alicia Keys, Monica, Rihanna, Trey Songz, Usher
  • Top Rap Artist: Drake, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Nicky Minaj
  • Top Country Artist: Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band
  • Top Rock Artist: Kings of Leon, Linkin Park, Mumford & Sons, Muse, Train
  • Top Alternative Artist: The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Linkin Park, Mumford & Sons, Muse
  • Top Latin Artist: Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, Prince Royce, Shakira, Wisin & Yandel
  • Top Christian Artist: Casting Crowns, MercyMe, Skillet, TobyMac, Chris Tomlin


Watch all of the night’s performances live on DISH Network or on your smart phone using DISH Remote Access on-the-go Sunday night. To learn more about DISH Network deals, visit authorized retailer DISH Systems online or call 866-989-3474. Who do you predict will win the award for this year’s Top New Artist? Who do you think should earn the award for Top Male and Female Artists? Leave your predictions below and enjoy the video!

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