Ludacris to host 2014 Billboard Music Awards

May. 14, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

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Ludacris to host 2014 Billboard Music Awards
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: Ludacris attends the game between the Eastern Conference and Western Conference during 2014 NBA All-Star game at the Smoothie King Center on February 16, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 15: Rapper Ludacris attends the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night during the NBA All-Star Weekend 2014 at The Smoothie King Center on February 15, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 08: Ludacris speaks onstage at BET Honors 2014 at Warner Theatre on February 8, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/BET/Getty Images for BET)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 20: Ludacris performs at House Of Blues Chicago on September 20, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 31: Ludacris performs at LudaDay Weekend Black Party hosted by Teyana Taylor at Georgia State University on August 31, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/FilmMagic)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 01: Recording artist Ludacris performs during Bud Light Music First 50/50/1 on August 1, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) - Ludacris will host the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.

The rapper-actor will host the awards show, airing live on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, dick clark productions announced Wednesday.

Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Lorde and Carrie Underwood will perform. The show begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

Lorde and Imagine Dragons are the top contenders, competing in 12 categories. Imagine Dragons will battle Cyrus, Perry, Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake, who is nominated for 11 awards, for top artist.

Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" will compete against efforts from Beyonce, Eminem, Drake and Luke Bryan for top Billboard 200 album.

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