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Well, this is turning out to be quite the year for Prince so far – and it’s only January.
We told you that Carnegie Hall will be paying tribute to the Purple One in March with performances by The Roots and Talib Kweli. Now, it was just announced that he will be honored at the 2013 Billboard Awards, according to EURweb.
Prince will be awarded with the Billboard Icon Award at the show which will take place in May in Las Vegas. While we know – or he’s led us to believe – that Prince doesn’t ever release music for the sake of winning any awards, this is a great honor.
Here’s the even better part: he’s agreed to perform on the show. Fans know that he doesn’t do this quite often – although he did show up on Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform new music late last year – so this will be quite the treat.
Last year’s Icon honoree was Stevie Wonder so Prince is certainly in amazing company.
The Billboard Awards are calculated by fans’ interaction with music based on radio play, track and album downloads, touring and social media interaction.
The show will air live Sunday, May 19 on ABC.
If you live in New York or are thinking about making a trip to New York, make sure you get tickets for a huge Carnegie Hall special in March.
“The Music of Prince” will feature The Roots as the house band (band drummer ?uestlove is a lifelong fan of “The purple one”) and Talib Kweli will perform. The lineup also features (at this point) Booker T, Blind Boys of Alabama, Living Colour, Madeleine Peyroux and others set to interpret Prince songs.
Michael Dorf, entrepreneur and founder of many of New York City’s most legendary music venues, will be presenting “The Music of Prince” at Carnegie Hall. The concert, which in the past has featured the music of Joni Mitchell, The Who, The Rolling Stones and Elton John, also serves as a way to raise money for various music education organizations, according to BET. This year’s recipients include Little Kids Rock, Young Kids New York, The Center For Arts Education and others
Tickets are already on sale for the March 7th show with prices ranging from $48 balcony seats to a $10,000 ultimate VIP package (that price allows you to get on stage with all artists for the encore, backstage passes, access to the afterparty and the best seat in the house).
Dorf puts on the show completely independent of the artist being honored and therefore doesn’t need permission to do the show but because ?uestlove has agreed to do the show, one can only hope that Prince will make an appearance. Besides, it raises money for children and everyone loves them!
If you’re interested, you can get your tickets here.