The 2018 Billboard Music Awards hosted by Kelly Clarkson will air on NBC beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Sunday, May 20. The live telecast will be available to cable and satellite TV subscribers via the NBC website and app. Behind-the-scenes interviews will be posted to the official Twitter account. Winners in a whopping 55 races will be announced prior to and during this ceremony at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The majority of awards will be handed out off-air, with most of the three-hour show filled instead with performances, including one by Clarkson who has taken home 12 Billboard Music Awards over the years. Her first was Best Selling Single of 2002 for “A Moment Like This,” her “American Idol” victory song. The first part of the season 16 finale of that reality competition series airs on ABC opposite these awards. Clarkson opted not to be a judge on the show that launched her, opting instead to be a coach on NBC’s “The Voice,” which concludes this Tuesday.
Others set to sing on the Billboard Music Awards include BTS, Camila Cabello, Ariana Grande, Khalid, John Legend, Dua Lipa, Jennifer Lopez and Shawn Mendes. And there will be special collaborations between Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato; Macklemore and Kesha; Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue; and Zedd with Maren Morris and Grey. Janet Jackson, who will be on hand to accept the Icon Award, will also do a set.
Among those taking to the stage to present awards and introduce these acts will be: Hailey Baldwin, Tyra Banks, Alison Brie, The Chainsmokers, Ciara, Andy Cohen, Simon Cowell, Darren Criss, Halsey, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Justin Hartley and Chrissy Metz, Nick Jonas and Mustard, Chloe Kim, Mila Kunis, Padma Lakshmi, Des Linden, Julia Michaels, French Montana, Ne-Yo, Derek Hough, Jenna Dewan, Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson, Grace VanderWaal and Rebel Wilson.
Winners of these awards are determined by the same way in which the Billboard charts are compiled: a combination of record sales, radio airplay, streaming performance, touring and social media engagement. The top contenders are Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran, who are up for 15 awards apiece including Artist of the Year. Also nominated in that top race are defending champion Drake and two-time past champ Taylor Swift.
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