The 2018 BBMAs will air live on NBC on May 20th
Kelly Clarkson and John Legend have been added as performers at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. Clarkson will also host the three hour broadcast, airing Sunday, May 20th at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on NBC.
NBC’s The Voice coach was announced as the annual award show’s host last week and will emcee the award show for the first time. Legend is coming off his starring role in NBC’s commercially and critically acclaimed Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.
The artists will join previously announced performers BTS, Camila Cabello, Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa and Shawn Mendes on a night filled with music’s biggest names. The show 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 two fan voted categories, Billboard Chart Achievement Award and Top Social Artist, will open in the coming weeks and additional details will be available soon.
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.
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