This year is lookin’ to be a big year for the amazing musician Prince. After he took some time off last year after he performed a stunning string of concerts here in LA and around the world in 2011, Prince spent some of last year working on new music … new music that, I’m hoping, will be released this year. Just this week, Prince performed a small string of intimate shows in his hometown of Minneapolis, MN in front of a small group of lucky fans and right now we learn that Prince will be honored with the Icon of the Year award at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, set to take place in May. Wee!!
The 2013 Billboard Music Awards are returning to Las Vegas on Sunday, May 19 and will honor the legendary artist Prince during a live ABC broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Prince will be honored with the Billboard Icon Award and is set to deliver what will likely be an unforgettable performance during the broadcast, produced by Don Mischer and sponsored by Chevrolet and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The “Purple Rain” singer-songwriter-musician follows the 2012 Icon recipient, Stevie Wonder, who received a multi-tiered tribute led by Alicia Keys … The awards will reflect Billboard’s chart rankings based on key fan interactions with music, including album sales and downloads, track downloads, radio airplay and touring as well as streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Vevo, Youtube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound. The awards will be based on the reporting period of Feb. 27, 2012 through Feb. 24, 2013. Top artists will be recognized in a variety of genres, including R&B, Rap, Pop, Country, Rock, Latin and Alternative.
There are NO musical artists like Prince in the world … he is a genius and we are damn lucky to have him among us. I cannot tell you how jealous I am of the Minneapolis fans who got to see him perform this week but I am CRAZY excited by the prospect of new music to come. I am please to know that Billboard will honor him with the Icon Award this year … very fitting since the awards show honored Stevie Wonder last year, another musical genius. I’m not always a big fan of the Billboard Music Awards but I’ll be tuning in this year FOR SURE! Cannot WAIT!!!