Strip Scribbles: Whitney Houston tribute, new Katy Perry song at Billboard Music Awards
Exclusive news ahead of Sunday’s 2012 Billboard Music Awards that will be an emotional roller-coaster: There will be tears as the Whitney Houston tribute plays out and daughter Bobbi Kristina and sister-in-law Pat Houston are onstage to accept the Millennium Award posthumously at MGM Grand Garden Arena. John Legend and Jordin Sparks will perform a tribute.
There will be excitement as hometown darling Katy Perry debuts her new song “Wide Awake” from her documentary “Part of Me” to be released July 5.
There will be disappointment that leading nominees Adele and Rihanna won’t be attending, Adele because she’s gone into hiding overwhelmed by her fame and fortune and Rihanna because she’s upset that Chris Brown and Drake have been rapping about her string of “naughty” controversies in the past three weeks. I’m told that she doesn’t want to meet the media mobs hungry for her reaction to their versions of her sexy shenanigans.
Chris has been added to the star lineup along with Lisa Marie Presley, Robin Thicke, Brandy, Monica, Miley Cyrus, Nelly Furtado, Linkin Park and previously announced Justin Bieber, Cee Lo Green, The Wanted and Usher. “Dancing With the Stars” favorites Julianne Hough and our hometown Empress of Soul Gladys Knight, plus Natasha Bedingfield are presenters.
Stevie Wonder be presented with the Billboard Icon Award during the awards. Our popular odds-maker Johnny Avello at the Wynn sports books predicts that Adele will win Top Artist and Top Female Artist, Justin Bieber Top Male Artist, Lady Antebellum Top Group and Scotty McCreery Top New Artist.