BBMAs are May 20th on NBC
Ed Sheeran, as well as chart-toppers Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, have been added as performers at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.
Sheeran, a leading nominee this year with 15 nominations including Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Male Artist and Top Hot 100 Song, is in the midst of his worldwide stadium tour and will deliver a special performance on location from Dublin, Ireland. Zedd and Maren Morris – also nominees this year – will be joined by Grey to perform their monster hit “The Middle” for the first time on television.
Sheeran, Zedd, Morris and Grey will join previously announced performers BTS, Camila Cabello, Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande, John Legend, Jennifer Lopez, Dua Lipa and Shawn Mendes, with collaborations from Christina Aguilera featuring Demi Lovato, Macklemore and Kesha, and Salt-N-Pepa featuring En Vogue, on a night filled with music’s biggest names. It was also announced that global superstar Janet Jackson will receive this year’s ICON Award and will take the stage for a highly anticipated performance of her greatest hits, marking her first performance on television in nine years.
T-Mobile will provide fans exclusive, behind-the-scenes content with Macklemore and Kesha in addition to an inside look at the BBMAs throughout the evening. Fans can keep up with and join the conversation by using #AreYouWithUs and following T-Mobile’s social channels.
Hosted by The Voice coach Kelly Clarkson, the 2018 Billboard Music Awards will broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20th at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on NBC. The three-hour telecast will feature performances from this year’s hottest musical acts, unexpected collaborations and buzzworthy moments that celebrate 60 years of the Billboard Hot 100.
Nominations for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards were announced last month on NBC’s TODAY Show and on a livestream from Billboard’s NY office. Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran tie for the most nominations this year with 15 each.
Voting for the Billboard Chart Achievement Award and Top Social Artist is open. Fans can vote online and/or on Twitter through May 20th at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT (half an hour into the live broadcast).
Billboard Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The finalists and award winners are determined using data reflecting a 12-month tracking period. The awards are based on the reporting period of April 8, 2017 through March 31, 2018. Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of artists, songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of success in music.
Tickets to the 2018 BBMAs are available via axs.com.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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