Billboard details inaugural Billboard MusicCon

Event kicks off the Billboard Music Awards Weekend

Billboard has announced Billboard MusicCon, a first-of-its-kind event that will celebrate the past year in music while setting the tone for what artists, trends, and songs will dominate the music landscape in the year to come. Leading up to the Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs), Billboard MusicCon will take place Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May 14th at Las Vegas’ newest immersive entertainment venue, AREA15. The two-day event will expand the legacy and cultural footprint of the bespoke awards show, featuring engaging conversations, consumer facing experiences, and unforgettable headlining performances.

“We are so thrilled to be back in-person for the first Billboard Music Awards in two years,” states Julian Holguin, President of Billboard. “We couldn’t think of a better time to launch Billboard MusicCon, two robust days of world class programming with one-of-kind access to artists, creators, and industry leaders discussing and celebrating the ever-evolving music industry. We felt the timing was right and these discussions are the perfect note to kick off such a special weekend in music.”

Billboard MusicCon will host thought leaders, artists, and executives for a series of intimate conversations on the evolving music scene that continues to shift across genres and cultures. Confirmed panels and participants include: “Women on the Rise – Management 101” with top industry managers Dina Sahim (Swedish House Mafia, French Montana), Alex DePersia (Pharrell Williams, Gracie Abrams), and Nelly Ortiz (DJ Khaled); “Don’t F*ck with Ukraine!” with Ukrainian artist Max Barskih; “The Explosion of Afro-Fusion” with Burna Boy; “The Future of Hip Hop” with Latto; “The Future of Reggaeton” with Rauw Alejandro; and “A Decade of Touring” with Machine Gun Kelly; additional panels, participants, and performers to be announced soon.

Presenting sponsor Smirnoff will kick things off with a one-of-a-kind experience, featuring the new Smirnoff Neon Lemonades Seltzer and Ice Variety Packs, where MusicCon attendees can sip on all the bold new flavors. These are not your average lemonades, so get ready to take in the excitement we’ve all been craving.

Tickets are on sale now with a limited number of tickets available at early bird pricing via billboardmusiccon.com.

The 2022 Billboard Music Awards, hosted by Sean “Diddy” Combs, will broadcast live coast-to-coast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 15th at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on NBC and will stream live on Peacock.

Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites. Email: info@themusicuniverse.com

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