Billboard Awards returning to TV after five-year absence

While the Grammy Awards honor the best musical numbers, the Billboard Awards salute music with the best-selling numbers. These kudos aired on Fox from 1989 to 2006. This year’s revamped show will air live from Las Vegas on ABC May 22.

The alphabet net now has three marquee music awardscasts airing in the all-important sweep months. The Country Music Association Awards and American Music Awards are each held in November and have proven to be ratings powerhouses. This year’s edition of the Grammys on CBS garnered their best viewing figures in a decade.

Billboard is the preeminent publication covering the music business, charting sales across a variety of genres. A recent change of ownership has resulted in renewed interest in pursuing TV project once more. These awards were given based on a combination of sales, downloads and airplay. There is no word yet as to what will be the criteria for the prizes this year.

To date, Janet Jackson is the biggest winner, with 33 awards across a variety of categories while her brother Michael Jackson reigns as the male champ with 29 wins. In addition, the kudos also bestowed a lifetime achievement prize — dubbed the Centennial Award – on a variety of musical acts, beginning with George Harrison in 1992 and ending with Tony Bennett in their final year on Fox.

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