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Thanks to my producer Jay Buff, we have some snaps of the stars walking yesterday’s red… ahem, magenta carpet at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards!

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The band American Authors made the trek up from Brooklyn to chat about playing our upcoming “Summer Kick-Off,” releasing its sophomore album and its new favorite social network, Snapchat.

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There’s one big difference between Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards and every other music award show on television: the winners are a true reflection of not just what fans like, but what they actually consume and spend money on.

“Those charts are what make our award show,” Billboard’s co-director of charts, Keith Caulfield, told me this week. “That’s the beauty of it. This award show is truly based on your performance on the Billboard charts throughout the year.”

The BBMAs serve as an annual scoreboard of sorts for the music industry’s biggest names. We’ll find out where the stars rank Sunday night at 8 p.m. on ABC.

“Billboard gets to honor the most popular artists, albums and songs of the past year on a great TV show, and we get to have amazing performances and it’s a star-studded event,” Caulfield said. “I’m really looking forward to the show.”

The list of performers alone could make this year’s program one of the more memorable in recent memory. Britney Spears, receiving the Millennium Award, will perform a medley of her hits. Justin Bieber will do the same. Rihanna is slated to sing on the show, almost exactly 10 years to the date she scored her first Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper. And Madonna will perform a tribute to the late Prince.

That doesn’t even scratch the surface: Celine Dion, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas and Tove Lo, Demi Lovato, Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony, Pink and Ariana Grande are also set to take the stage inside the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

As for the awards, The Weeknd is a finalist in 16 categories, leading all artists. Bieber follows him with nods in 11 categories. Taylor Swift and Adele are each a finalist in eight categories. Perhaps taking a cue from Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video premiere at last year’s BBMAs, Adele will unveil her video for the single, “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” during the broadcast Sunday.

Appropriately, Swift holds the all-time high mark for wins at the show with 20. Adele has the record for most wins in one night with 12, which she scored back in 2012 off the success of “21.”

The Billboard Music Awards are produced by dick clark productions. Westwood One, the radio network owned by Cumulus Media, is once again an official partner of this year’s show. For the fourth consecutive year, I will broadcast from Las Vegas for the BBMAs. In addition to interviewing stars backstage Saturday and on the red carpet Sunday, we’ll have a full recap from Vegas on Monday evening.

PageSix.com Senior Reporter Andrew Nodell called in with news on Madonna’s custody battle and Iggy Azalea’s future with fiance Nick Young.

Photo: instagram.com/madonna

Photo: instagram.com/madonna


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Life & Style Weekly reports that Adam Levine and Lady Gaga are in a bit of a feud over pop music. Editor Laura Lane also talked about Christina Aguilera’s transformation and Madonna’s “Brad Pitt-inspired dream” on “The Ralphie Show.”

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Life & Style Weekly reports that Selena Gomez has issued a set of rules on her relationship with Justin Bieber. Senior News Editor Jordi Lippe also chatted about Madonna’s apartment that is for sale and Lindsay Lohan’s troubles.

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Life & Style Weekly reports that Madonna and her once-estranged brother have made up. Senior Reporter Laura Lane also talked about the new coaches named for season four of “The Voice” and Britney Spears’ gig on “The X-Factor.”

I chatted about this on the show Monday evening. In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, the magazine compares Madonna’s upcoming world tour to Lady GaGa’s forthcoming “Born This Way Ball.” The figures are staggering, and I think they paint a very clear picture as to who the bigger pop star is, and how much space is between the two.

Bottom line: Madge will perform half the shows and bring in double the money. Game, set, match… for now.

LMFAO remix > original track. Not even close. This might save Madonna from having a first single that tanks.

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In Touch Weekly Senior Editor Kim Serafin talked about reaction to the choice of Madonna as this year’s Halftime entertainment at the NFL Super Bowl.

Serafin also chatted about the finalization of the divorce between Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson.