Founded in Monte Carlo in 1989 under the High Patronage of Prince Albert II of Monaco, the World Music Awards showcased some of the greatest performers of all time, including Michael Jackson, who performed for the last time on TV with Beyoncé and Rihanna at the 2006 WMAs in London.
This year's Awards will take place in Monte Carlo just after the Monaco Grand Prix and the Cannes Film Festival, two events hosting the whole of the entertainment industry. The best-selling and most popular recording artists from every major record-buying country will be celebrated on one night at this musical Olympics. American artists already confirmed to perform include superstar Mariah Carey, who will receive an Icon Award for selling over 200 million records and having more No. 1 singles in America than any other solo act; the world's hottest performer of the year, Miley Cyrus; R&B top performer Jason Derulo;, rock idols Fall Out Boy; rap maestro Flo Rida; and new singing sensation Chris Cab, produced by Pharrell Williams. Other top music acts from around the globe appearing on the show include the U.K.'s No. 1 hip-hop superstar; Tinie Tempah; sizzling showman DJ Naughty Boy; U.K. pop idol James Arthur; European superstars Stromae, Tal, Laura Pausini, David Bisbal, Ylvis; and China's number one entertainer Han Geng. Ricky Martin will collect the Latin Legend Award for his global record sales.