Madonna to pay tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards


Madonna will pay tribute to Prince with a live performance at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards later this month.

Specific details about the Material Girl's performance have not been disclosed. However, the 57-year-old's homage promises to be one of the highlights of the May 22 event.

Prince died suddenly on April 21 at the age of 57. The Kiss star performed at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards where he was also presented with the ICON Award.

Pop star Madonna on stage  (Joel Ryan/AP/PA)

One of the premier events in the US music calendar, the Billboard Music Awards already boasts a line-up that includes Britney Spears and Justin Bieber.

Alongside them, Fifth Harmony, The Go-Go's, Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes and Pink are among the artists taking to the stage at the TMobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Celine Dion, who lost her husband and manager Rene Angelil in January, will perform. The 48-year-old My Heart Will Go On singer will also receive the ICON Award.

Celine Dion with her late husband Rene Angelil   (Ian West/PA)

Canadian star The Weeknd could have a big weekend as he is a finalist 19 times in 16 categories, including top male artist and top R&B artist.

Justin is just behind his fellow countryman, appearing as a finalist 12 times across 11 categories which include top Billboard 200 album for Purpose.

Drake is a finalist 11 times, in 10 categories including top rap album and top rap artist.

Adele performing on stage (Matt Sayles/AP/PA)

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift and Adele are both finalists for eight awards, with the British singer recognised for top artist and top female artist.

Ludacris and first-time host Ciara will be at the helm for the Billboard Music Awards.