Last year, Billboard conveniently invented the Billboard Millenium Award to honor Beyonce just in time for the launch of her ’4′ project. This year, however, the 2012 Billboard Music Awards will use the accolade to celebrate the achievements of an artist who truly made history – Whitney Houston.
The Las Vegas Sun has revealed that the late Houston will receive the Millenium Award posthumously. Houston’s sister-in-law Pat Houston and only daughter, Bobbi Kristina, will be on hand to accept the honor on her behalf as John Legend and Jordin Sparks perform a musical tribute in her name.
The 2012 Billboard Music Awards will be hosted at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and broadcasted live via ABC at 8pm ET on May 20th. Other acts expected to perform at the show include Katy Perry, who will debut her new ‘Wide Awake’ single, Chris Brown, Usher, Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson and Nelly Furtado.
Watch Houston perform ‘I Have Nothing’ at the 1993 Billboard Music Awards below: