Billboard Awards to be an emotional night with performances

In this Nov. 29, 2008 file photo, Madonna, center, performs in Mexico City. The Material Girl will pay tribute to The Purple One with a live performance at the Billboard Music Awards this month. Billboard and Dick Clark productions told The Associated Press on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 that Madonna will honor Prince at the May 22 show. (AP)

The Billboard Music Awards will feature a mix of emotional and explosive performances.

Madonna will pay tribute to Prince, who died last month; Kesha will now sing live Sunday after her performance was initially canceled by her former mentor; and Celine Dion — who recently lost her husband and brother — will perform Queen’s “The Show Must Go On.”

The show, airing live on ABC from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, will open with a 7-minute medley from Britney Spears, and other high energy performances from Justin Bieber, Pink and Rihanna will take place during the three-hour event.

Other performers include Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Ariana Grande and the Go-Go’s.

The Weeknd is the top nominee. He is nominated for top artist with Adele, Taylor Swift, Bieber and Drake.