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Britney Spears to open 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile; new single delayed

Britney Spears-Lionel Richie

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Britney Spears and Lionel Richie on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at Axis at Planet Hollywood.

Britney Spears at Linq Promenade

Britney Spears, with Planet Hollywood, Bally’s Las Vegas and Paris Las Vegas Regional President David Hoenemeyer, celebrates “Britney Day” at the Linq Promenade on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Las Vegas.

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I have good news that will make Britney Spears’ fiercest fans very happy, but I also have bad news that will get them very upset. As I pleaded a couple of weeks ago, please do not make me your punching bag: I am only the messenger!

As of Monday night, the 2016 Billboard Music Awards rundown for Sunday’s live 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET show has Britney kicking off the three-hour extravaganza hosted by Ludacris and Ciara.

Britney will be in the new T-Mobile Arena to perform a medley of her super hits, but plans for her to debut her newest single, “Make Me (Oooh),” hit a snag over the weekend.

I’m reliably told that technical production difficulties outside Brit and her management’s control have caused a delay in the scheduled release of the video and single until later this summer.

“There’s no point in Britney previewing it so far in advance if we don’t even have a new release date yet,” I was told. “She is like us truly saddened that matters outside our hands have set back the hoped-for schedule.

“We’re told that it’ll now be later in the summer, but we don’t even know exactly when yet until production hiccups are resolved.”

Britney also will be presented with the prestigious Millennium Award during the ABC telecast that also stars fellow Las Vegas headliner Celine Dion and regular Pink.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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