BC-US--AP Entertainment Advisory-Billboard Music Awards, US

EDITORS:

The 2017 Billboard Music Awards will be presented on Sunday, May 21, from 8-11 p.m. Eastern at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, hosted by Ludacris and Vanessa Hudgens, and airing live on ABC. Multiple awards will be handed out during the live telecast, while others will be announced on Billboard's website. Drake and the Chainsmokers are the leading nominees, while twenty one pilots, Rihanna, Adele and Beyoncé will also compete for multiple awards. Performers include Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, the Chainsmokers, Celine Dion, Lorde, Imagine Dragons, Florida Georgia Line, John Legend, Halsey and Camila Cabello. Nicki Minaj will kick off the show with a nine-minute performance featuring Lil Wayne, David Guetta and Jason Derulo.

The AP plans extensive coverage across all formats...

TEXT

— BC-US--Billboard Awards by Mesfin Fekadu The running mainbar. A laydown will move at 10 a.m. Eastern and will be updated beginning around 8:15 p.m. Eastern with early winners and performers, arrivals and other color prior to the show. Writethrus will move throughout the ceremony, and a wrapup lead will move as soon as the show ends about 11:05 p.m. Eastern

— BC-US--Billboard Awards-The Latest. This feed will deliver short blurbs on the top moments from the show as it happens live, including winners in significant categories and performers onstage.

— BC-US--Billboard Awards-List. List of winners in the top categories will move at 11 p.m. Eastern.

— BC-US--Billboard Awards-Moments by Kristin M. Hall. A chunky-text list of the top moments at the Billboard Music Awards, to move around 3 a.m. Eastern on Monday.

Contact: Shelley Acoca, 212-621-5408 or 917-273-7368, sacoca@ap.org

PHOTOS (INVISION)

Coverage: Invision will have photos of celebrity arrivals, the pressroom and live show. A selection of photos will be sent over PhotoStream with a much larger selection of photos available on the APImages.com. There are no restrictions on this content.

Contact: Blair Raughley, 213-346-3833, blair@invisionagency.com

VIDEO

Coverage: Broadcast customers will receive first arrivals and red carpet fashion broadcast edits starting at 2200 ET/0200 GMT (Monday 22 May) and more will file throughout the evening. Show highlights from the telecast will be delivered by 12am ET/ 0400 GMT (if the show ends on time). Online video customers will receive a show wrap after 0900 GMT.

Contact: Brooke Lefferts, 917-375-1224, blefferts@ap.org

RADIO

Coverage: The Broadcast News Center will pull sound from the telecast and package it for AP Radio affiliates. Copy accompanying the audio will be part of the Morning Prep package the following morning.

Contact: Shirley Smith, 202-641-9825, sasmith@ap.org