New date announces for 2020 BBMAs

Kelly Clarkson hosts for third year

Dick Clark Productions and NBC have announced that the 2020 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) has set a new date for Wednesday, October 14th live on NBC. Additional details regarding production of the show will be announced at a later date.

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards, originally scheduled to air live on NBC from Las Vegas on April 29th, was postponed due to the pandemic.

As previously announced, Kelly Clarkson will return to host the event. This will mark Clarkson’s third time hosting the hugely popular award show after receiving unanimous acclaim as host in 2018 and 2019.

Nineteen-time Billboard Music Award winner Garth Brooks will be receive the coveted ICON Award at the event. Brooks, who joins only eight other artists to ever receive the honor, is also expected to take the stage for a highly anticipated performance. Previous recipients of the ICON Award include Cher, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey.

The 2019 Billboard Music Awards aired on May 1st and easily won the night vs. the Big 4 network competition. The show averaged a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 8 million viewers, according to “live plus same day” ratings from Nielsen Media Research, to deliver NBC’s top-rated in-season Wednesday in 18-49, excluding Olympics, since December 7, 2016.

Billboard Music Awards nominees and winners 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/MRC Data. 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.

Buddy Iahn
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