Over the years, artists like Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars have routinely broken records on the Billboard charts, and now, they have got the opportunity to be honored for those milestone achievements.
As part of this year's Billboard Music Awards, fans will have the chance to vote online for their favorite "Milestone Artist," and Taylor and Bruno are among the nominees, along with The Band Perry , Justin Bieber, rapper Pitbull and R&B star Miguel -- you know, that guy who Kelly Clarkson said she wanted to duet with at the Grammys?
Fans who vote can also enter a contest where the grand prize will be appearing on stage -- along with
Cee Lo Green
-- to present the award to the winner at the
Music Awards May 19.
Voting is now open at Billboard.com/milestone and will continue through the actual Billboard Music Awards telecast on ABC. The winner will be announced toward the end of the show. In order to enter the contest, you need to submit a photo and an essay explaining why you think you've got what it takes to hand a heavy chunk of glass to a platinum-selling superstar. Deadline for entry is April 26.
Here are the milestones in question:
Taylor Swift : Only woman to have had two albums sell 1 million copies in a week.
Bruno Mars : Scored his first four Hot 100 No. 1s, including "Locked Out of Heaven," faster than any male artist in almost 50 years.
The Band Perry : Scored three No. 1s on the Hot Country Songs chart
Justin Bieber : The first artist ever to have five No. 1s on the Billboard 200 before age 19.
Miguel : His hit single "Adorn" spent a record 22 weeks at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.
Pitbull: Only artist to have two different top 10 Pop and Latin radio hits, one in English and one in Spanish.
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