Prince to receive Billboard Icon award
January 25th, 2013
01:44 PM ET

Prince to receive Billboard Icon award

This year's Billboard Music Awards should be a funky good time, thanks to the magazine's decision to recognize Prince with the Billboard Icon Award.

Prince will receive the honor on May 19 during the ceremony's live broadcast from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena that will air on ABC. The hit-maker is also expected to offer a performance during the show.

Listen to Prince's new song, "Screwdriver"

Last year, Stevie Wonder received the Icon Award, which was presented with a tribute led by Alicia Keys.

The Billboard Music Awards are a reflection of the magazine's charts throughout the year, which catalog airplay, album sales, downloads and touring, plus streaming and social interaction on sites like Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Spotify and Vevo. The tracking period for the 2013 awards began February 27, 2012, and will conclude February 24, 2013.

Additional information on presenters and performers to come.

Filed under: Music

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  1. GoldmanBabyPrincess

    fun year ahead!!!!!!!

    February 24, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Zauberer Firmenfeier

    I love your wordpress web template, where would you down load it from? Zauberer Firmenfeier

    February 24, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. greg

    The guy is one of music superstar of his own galactic music. His music is not fully discoverd and is surely underated in terms of his guitar playing. He is a true magestic Rock star playing everything from jazz to hip/hop, rock n roll to hard rock pop to rnb and rap. He founded ideas in video making setting standards in music industry. He owns music industry so he said iam bored of this way...i am still on my own and well he does cause very few true stars are made today on their own making real music not copying. He is just a genius singer songwriter dancer and of course multiinstrumentalist a full orchestra of his own musicality. Greetings from Athens. He deseves also a Tony Award for his theatrical lives all over the world

    February 21, 2013 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Andy

    I've been a huge fan of Prince since I first heard Purple Rain in the 80s. But he makes me sad because alot of younger people just don't know who he his. His persistent efforts to ban his material on the internet pretty much means his material will never be heard by the younger generations who discover new music on sites like on youtube. 🙁

    January 29, 2013 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. travhops

    Great talent, gave many new artists their start plus writes amazing classical music. Well deserved!

    January 28, 2013 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pliny


    The guy who makes music that nobody has listened to for years.

    January 28, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • princern

      well im somebody and i listen 2 his music.....and i mean REAL music...not that "music" thats on the radio nowadays.

      May 13, 2013 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Swatter Glasses Wife

    my husband is having an affair with the revolution girls in the prince band....of course i do have delusions
    you see i do not have any friends but you guys.

    January 27, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. abgail123eeee

    Wow….My best friend has announced her wedding with a millionaire They met via ~~~
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    January 27, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Those fly swatter glasses.


    January 26, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Prince's wife

    i think he's in love with a 50 year old boxed woman....he's gonna walk i just know it - i better get my hopper dish that can travel all the way down his short so i can see exactly what he's doing

    January 26, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. spock nozzzle

    the most creative artist to ever hit this planet.
    well deserved pop daddy(kingofmusic)-
    somanysongs u've given us – congrats
    now release an album! peace.

    January 26, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tom

    One of the last true ICONS of music left from back in the days when you really had to have talent and really make great songs and work hard for people to buy your music and to make it in the music industry. These days all we get are lame excuses for talent like Bieber, Katy Perry, Timberlake and Nicki Minaj (just to name a few) who just need a quirky image and a "dime store", bubblegum, assembly line song for the record buying public to eat it up...But then again, if the public is willing to buy crap, why should the music industry put any effort into creating anything worth while...

    January 26, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Idea


    let's head out and makeup a conversation so she can relay the wrong information too everyone and think she's a diva.

    then she'll EAT our memory and we still won't care...HAHAHHAHAHAHA

    January 26, 2013 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. Idea

    let's head out and makeup a conversation so she can relay the wrong information too everyone and think she's a diva.

    then she'll our memory and we still won't care...HAHAHHAHAHAHA

    January 26, 2013 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sadie

    Prince had some good songs, but I was never a fan. Women were always saying how hot he was, but I always thought he was kind of creepy. Those are some hideous shades, too.

    January 26, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  16. No

    more diner chuckles

    January 26, 2013 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  17. TriumphTheInsultComicDog

    My poops are iconic

    January 26, 2013 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  18. Prince is not aloud work anymore

    he may leave me and i can't risk it

    January 26, 2013 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  19. Itsamemario

    There was a time when a curly afro was called a jheri curl..

    January 25, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  20. here is another GOT YOU fernace

    here is another GOT YOU

    care fone just -another fake
    money email we responded to...stage left...fake
    crashed computer–

    anything else

    January 25, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  21. sassysticks53

    Congrats, Prince! Luv the curly afro!

    January 25, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |


    January 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Lucy

    LUV him.

    January 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Prince puts on a great show...

    the best.

    January 25, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Nobody Cares

    anymore photos in the house.....

    January 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  26. spacecalculus

    “All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway

    January 25, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |

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