Chris Brown Joins Billboard Music Awards Performers
It's odd, given the entertainment industry's foundation built upon giving people what they want and averting what they don't, that there hasn't been a better-constructed conspiracy to ensure that Chris Brown never again earns a living. And yet, here we are - awards shows still love him.
The much-reviled pop R&B douche-nozzle has a new album coming soon, and therefore, will be joining the list of live performers at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, as announced by Billboard. He'll be joined on the bill by the likes of LMFAO, Justin Bieber, Linkin Park, The Wanted, Kelly Clarkson, Usher, Nelly Furtado and Cee Lo Green.
It will keep Brown visible - whether anyone else likes it or not - about two months before he drops his fifth studio album, Fortune. That would be the follow up to F.A.M.E., or "Forgive All My Enemies". F.A.M.E. debuted at #1 on The Billboard 200 when it hit in 2011 by selling 870,000 copies in its first week. More recently, "Turn Up The Music" opened at #10 on The Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. His "Birthday Cake" collaboration with ex-girlfriend/punching bag Rihanna hit #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
He's also up for four Billboard Awards himself to never shut up about if he wins, including Best Male Artist. Despite his lobbying, Billboard has not yet added a Best Left Hook category.
The whole show, which happens May 20 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena at 8 PM ET/PT on ABC, will be hosted by Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen of "Modern Family".