dick clark productions and Billboard announced today that international music superstar Jennifer Lopez will be honored with the prestigious Icon Award at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. The show will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18, on ABC at 8pm ET.
The Icon Award is a lifetime achievement award and the ultimate honor. Jennifer is the 4th artist and the first woman, in the four years of its existence, to receive the award for their remarkable and enduring contribution to popular music. Past winners include Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, and Prince.
“Jennifer Lopez is one of the most iconic performers of her generation,” said Larry Klein producer of the Billboard Music Awards. “We are thrilled to honor her historic career with the 2014 Icon Award and will be on the edge of our seats like everyone else when she takes the stage.”
Lopez will also take the stage with one of the night’s finalists, Pitbull (Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Song), to debut the official anthem of this year’s FIFA World Cup, “We Are One (Ole Ola).” Closing her performance, Lopez will have another debut performance of her single, “First Love,” off her 10th album entitled “AKA”, which is set for release on June 17.
They join a lineup up of previously announced performers that include 5 Seconds of Summer, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Derulo, Imagine Dragons, Luke Bryan, John Legend and OneRepublic.
The 2014 Billboard Music Awards is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan are Executive Producers. Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are Producers.
ABOUT JENNIFER LOPEZ
Jennifer Lopez is an award-winning singer, actress, and entertainer who has established herself in both music and film. She is a successful recording and touring artist with record sales in excess of $75 million and a cumulative box office gross of over $2 billion. Lopez is one of the most influential female artists in history. As an artist, fashion icon, entrepreneur, and a philanthropist, Jennifer Lopez has been named Forbes magazine’s most powerful celebrity and People Magazine’s first Most Beautiful Woman in the world. Jennifer Lopez is a global icon and the ultimate triple threat.
Armando Christian Perez aka PITBULL is a globally successful musician, performer, business entrepreneur, fashion icon and actor whose career sales have exceeded 5 million albums and over 50 million singles worldwide. Pitbull has had #1 hits in more than 15 countries, his videos have been viewed more than 3 billion times and his social reach matches audiences of some television networks around the world. Pitbull’s latest album, Global Warming: Meltdown features the massive hit singles “Feel This Moment” with Christina Aguilera, “Don’t Stop The Party,” “Back In Time” from the action-comedy Men in Black 3, and his second #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart “Timber” featuring Ke$ha. Pitbull’s world tours have sold out concerts in North and South America, Europe, and the Far East. This year he was also selected along with Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte to perform the official anthem “We Are One (Ole Ola)” at the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Armando is also a burgeoning business entrepreneur with his own line of premium, light vodkas, Voli, a partnership with Sheets, the dissolvable energy strip, as well as premier fragrances for men and women simply titled Pitbull. These ventures along with major sponsorship deals with blue-chip brands like Bud Light, Dr Pepper, Kodak, and Dodge, plus a television production deal announced with Endemol North America, and a strategic partnership with Playboy Enterprises that was unveiled in the music video for his new global smash hit “Wild Wild Love” featuring G.R.L. clearly define Pitbull as Mr. Worldwide.