No Doubt and Sting Headline Billboard Awards

International megastar Sting and Orange County rockers No Doubt will perform at The 2003 Billboard Music Awards, airing live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena Wednesday, Dec. 10 (8:00-10:00 PM ET Live/PT) on FOX. American Idol host Ryan Seacrest will host the 14th annual ceremony honoring the year's chart-topping musicians. Additional performers and final award contenders will be announced closer to air.

Featuring performances by today's hottest stars, the Billboard Music Awards recognizes the year's leading artists and songs as determined by actual performance on Billboard's weekly charts. Based on sales data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan and radio information monitored by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, Billboard's charts are the world's most authoritative music charts.

Sting is one of the most distinctive and highly respected performers in the music industry. He has remained at the forefront of the public consciousness for four decades and has written some of the most enduring songs of our time. His latest recording "Sacred Love" - released in September to critical and commercial success - is a perfect example of his passion for music. As a solo act, Sting has had eight top ten albums on The Billboard 200 albums chart and five top ten Billboard Hot 100 singles. Sting, with the Police and as a solo act, has sold over 28 million albums in the U.S. Not only is Sting a recording artist, he is also an actor, activist and author who has earned universal acclaim in all these roles.

Known for their outrageous live performances and their punk-rock-pop sound, No Doubt will perform "It's My Life," the first track released from their first retrospective album "The Singles 1992-2003" due in stores November 25. From Orange County, California, No Doubt's music defies the typical pop-rock format, and combines influences from punk, pop, ska and reggae to create the distinctive No Doubt sound. No Doubt has had five top 40 singles on The Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, three top ten Billboard 200 albums, including "Tragic Kingdom," which spent nine weeks at No. 1 The band's last album, "Rock Steady," sold over 2.5 million units in the U.S.

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