THE “2021 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS” SET TO AIR SUNDAY, MAY 23 AT 8P.M. ET/ 5P.M. PT LIVE ON NBC – Los Angeles, CA (January 25, 2021) – dick clark productions and NBC announced today that the “2021 Billboard Music Awards” (BBMAs) will air live on Sunday, May 23 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC. Additional details regarding production of the show will be announced at a later date. For nearly 30 years, the BBMAs has celebrated music’s greatest achievements, honoring the hottest names in music today. Unique among music awards shows, honorees are determined by performance on the Billboard Charts, the ultimate authority and measure of success in music. The annual live broadcast showcases spectacular performances, unexpected collaborations, buzzworthy pop culture moments that keeps fans talking all year, and the prestigious ICON Award, which honors record-breaking artists and their impact on music. – via press release
Demi Lovato to Star in NBC Comedy – Demi Lovato will star in a comedy project in the works at NBC. The actress and recording artist has signed on to Hungry, a single-camera comedy from Universal Studio Group’s Universal TV and sitcom veteran Suzanne Martin (Will & Grace, Hot in Cleveland, Frasier). The project, which also counts Hazy Mills and SB Projects as producers, has a put pilot commitment from the network, meaning NBC will pay a penalty if it doesn’t air. Hungry will follow a group of friends who belong to a food issues group and help each other as they look for love, success and that one thing in the refrigerator that will make it all better. Lovato, who has been open about having an eating disorder, is also an executive producer, alongside Martin, Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills and Scooter Braun, James Shin and Scott Manson of SB Projects. – Read more at the Hollywood Reporter
Billy Bob’s Texas, Scott McCreery Donate To ACM Lifting Lives – TRIPLE TIGERS RECORDS artist SCOTTY McCREERY played a limited capacity show at BILLY BOB’S TEXAS in FORT WORTH on SATURDAY, JANUARY 23rd, with $1 of every ticket sold donated to ACM LIFTING LIVES, the philanthropic arm of the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC dedicated to improving lives through the power of music with health programs and hardship services. With the help of McCREERY and his fans, $2,100 was donated. BILLY BOB’S TEXAS has partnered with ACM LIFTING LIVES twice since 2017, working with Country artists KANE BROWN and MIDLAND to raise money for the cause. Said BILLY BOB’S TEXAS GM MARTY TRAVIS, “We were thrilled at the opportunity to work with SCOTTY McCREERY and partner with such an incredible and important organization again.” Added McCREERY, “I love having an opportunity to help a great cause like ACM LIFTING LIVES, and doing it while performing at a legendary venue like BILLY BOB’s TEXAS is an added bonus.” – Read more at All Access
Kelly Plays ‘Most Likely To…’ ‘American Idol’ Edition – In this game of “Most Likely To…,” Kelly Clarkson chooses which former “American Idol” contestant or judge is most likely to own a ferret, tell you there’s food in your teeth or take the longest in the bathroom.
Fremantle, Ukraine, 1+1 Settle Dispute Over ‘Masked Singer’ Adaptation – A dispute over a “Masked Singer” adaptation between Fremantle, Ukrainian broadcaster Ukraine and its local competitor 1+1 Media has finally been resolved. Conflict arose after 1+1 broadcast “Maskarad” (“Masquerade”) in October, leading Ukraine to accuse its rival of pirating “The Masked Singer,” format, for which it had purchased adaptation rights from Fremantle. The global hit format is owned by Korean producer MBC and licensed to Ukraine by Fremantle. 1+1 countered that “Maskarad” was in fact an adaptation of Romanian Antena TV Group’s “Mysteries in the Spotlight,” another costumed competition show featuring celebrities. On Monday, the parties released a statement, saying: “Fremantle, TV channel Ukraine and 1+1 Media have reached a settlement over their dispute surrounding the adaptations of ‘The Masked Singer’ and ‘Mysteries in the Spotlight.’ Terms have been agreed to ensure that the two formats are clearly differentiated, with any future series of both shows now adhering to strict format rules.” Under the settlement agreement, 1+1 has agreed that any future seasons of “Maskarad” observe format rules to clearly differentiate it from “The Masked Singer.” These include showcasing a greater variety of talents — dance, comedy, circus, drama — and no more than 50% of the masked performers in each episode can have singing as their act. – Read more at Variety