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Tracy Morgan To Host 2013 Billboard Music Awards

Tracy Morgan hosting Billboard Awards

Tracy Morgan will be hosting the 2013 Billboard Music Awards next month.

“I’m honored to be a part of one of music’s biggest nights,” the Saturday Night Live alum said. “When you look at the artists who have come up through Billboard over the years, it’s incredible. And how can you say no when Prince is going to be there!”

Performers for the awards show, which will air live from MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 19, include Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, and Miguel. Prince will be receiving the Billboard Icon Award during the telecast, which is produced by Don Mischer and sponsored by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Chevrolet.

The four aforementioned artists are up for the Milestone Award, which gives fans the chance to vote for their favorite artist online. Fans can also enter a contest to win a chance to present the award along with Cee Lo Green. Also up for the award are the Band Perry and Pitbull. Voting for the award is now open at Billboard.com/milestone.

Morgan recently found himself in hot water, when fans attending one of his stand-up performances in Melbourne, Australia, staged a massive walkout over sexism in the comedian’s routine. Critics called the material insulting and said the show was unfunny, over-priced, and misogynistic. After the performance, Melinda Tankard Reist, who operates the women’s rights group Collective Shout, announced a boycott against Morgan’s remaining appearances Monday and Tuesday.

“It was good to know at least some people walked out. Even better would be if those planning to attend his gig at the Regal Theatre tomorrow night boycotted it,” she said. “Collective Shout is calling on Regal Theatre to not give Morgan a platform for Morgan’s misogynist hate speech.”

Do you think Tracy Morgan will be a good host? Should he still be hosting after the accusations of sexism?

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  1. Anonymous

    Tracy Morgan is such a hilarious guy, so I know he will be a wonderful host for the Billboard Music Awards. I just hope I can remember about this show by the time May 19th creeps around! I’ll jot the date on my calendar in my office at DISH, but even that isn’t guaranteed to help my slippery memory. At least I am certain to have the entire thing recorded for me even if I do forget, since my DISH Hopper DVR automatically records everything on ABC during primetime hours. It’s the only way I can stay up to speed on all these small-screen events!