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John Legend, Pet Shop Boys to perform in Singapore

Posted: 18 May 2014 09:55 PM PDT

The R&B singer and pop duo, together with reggae artiste Ziggy Marley, are part of Singapore's Formula 1 celebrations in September.

Grammy-winning R&B singer-songwriter John Legend, veteran British electronic pop duo Pet Shop Boys and reggae star Ziggy Marley are set to perform at the 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix in September.

Legend is best known for hit singles such as All Of Me and Ordinary People, and has won nine Grammys including a Best R&B Album award for his debut album, Get Lifted (2004). He was last in Singapore for a concert in 2011; Legend is set to play an acoustic set on Sept 21.

Pet Shop Boys is one of Britain's most successful pop acts, having sold 50 million records and with multiple pop hits including West End Girls and Go West. They will perform on Sept 20, one year after they last held a gig in Singapore.

Marley, who will be performing in Singapore for the first time, is the eldest son of late reggae icon Bob Marley and has won six Grammy awards, including Best Reggae Album for Ziggy Marley In Concert at this year's Grammy Awards. He will be performing on Sept 20 for the F1 event, and at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre on Sept 21.

More music acts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets to the Singapore F1, which start from S$68 (RM163), are available from — The Straits Times, Singapore/Asia News Network

Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons win big at Billboard Awards

Posted: 18 May 2014 09:45 PM PDT

Also, the late Michael Jackson "performed" his newly released track at the event.

Justin Timberlake, rockers Imagine Dragons and Robin Thicke were big winners at the Billboard Music Awards earlier today in Las Vegas, Nevada where a computer-generated Michael Jackson danced and sang a newly released song.

The annual televised awards show, a main showcase for the music industry, honoured Timberlake seven times, including top artiste, top male artiste and top Billboard 200 album for last year's The 20/20 Experience.

Timberlake, 33, who is on tour in Europe, accepted the awards in taped speeches with his touring band that numbers about 20 strong.

"It's not a competition, but if it was, I won. And guess what? I'm OK with that," Timberlake said in a good-natured joke aimed at his competition, singers Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and rockers Imagine Dragons.

Jennifer Lopez was honoured with an Icon Award for lifetime achievement.

Lopez, Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte kicked off the event with a performance of We Are One (Ole Ola), the theme song for this year's World Cup.

The late King of Pop made an appearance as a hologram, performing his posthumously released song Slave To The Rhythm with a slew of dancers moving around his computer-generated image.

The performance prompted an emotional standing ovation with some audience members shown wiping away tears.

Imagine Dragons won five awards, including top Hot 100 artiste for songs' chart performance, top rock artiste and top duo/group among others. The Grammy-winning Las Vegas band also performed its song Tiptoe on the show.

R&B singers Thicke, Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I. scored four wins on the back of their megahit Blurred Lines, including awards for top Hot 100 song, digital song and radio song and R&B song.

Seventeen-year-old pop sensation Lorde, dressed all in black with black feather fringes, captured the award for top new artist and top rock song for the hit Royals, which already landed her two Grammy Awards this year.

The teen, who has also won fans with her thoughtfulness and upending traditional standards of Hollywood beauty, said she was grateful to be able to mature in the spotlight and for the "dialogue around my work and myself". 

The Billboard Music Awards – which measures honours by sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and other metrics – is a top venue for artistes to unveil new songs in time for the summer.

Jennifer Lopez was honoured with Icon Award for lifetime achievement, and country singer Carrie Underwood won the fan-voted Milestone Award.

The show featured numerous performances, including from pop stars Shakira, Lopez, country duo Florida Georgia Line with country singer Luke Bryan, and Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande and Australian rapper Iggy Azalea.

Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines garnered four awards. 

Perry and Cyrus recorded performances from concerts in Britain to be shown at the awards. Cyrus performed a cover of the Beatles' 1967 song Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds with Wayne Coyne, the singer of rock group the Flaming Lips.

Rapper Pitbull kicked off the show alongside Lopez and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte from the MGM Grand Garden Arena with a performance of We Are One (Ole Ola), the theme to next month's soccer World Cup in Brazil. — Reuters


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