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Posted: May 16, 2018

2018 Billboard Music Awards: What time, what channel, who is performing, who is nominated?


By Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

LAS VEGAS —

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards will honor artists selected by performance on the Billboard Charts. The three-hour show, named after the music industry chart that tabulates popularity of music in the United States, is airing for the first time on NBC live from MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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Here’s what you need to know about the BBMAs.

When: May 20 at 8 p.m. EDT. The show is airing live coast to coast.

What channel: NBC

Who is hosting: Kelly Clarkson

Who is performing: Ariana Grande is the BBMAs opening act, giving her first awards show performance since the Manchester Arena attack just after her concert May 22. Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato are performing a new duet together from Aguilera’s first album in six years. Clarkson will pause hosting duties to perform as well. Other performers include Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, John Legend, Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey, Dua Lipa, BTS and Janet Jackson.

Who is nominated: Janet Jackson is the year’s Icon Award recipient. Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars each have 15 BBMA nominations, including top artist. Post Malone has 12 nominations and Imagine Dragons has 11 nominations. Other nominees include Cardi B, Drake, Taylor Swift, Camilla Cabello, J. Balvin, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande and Charlie Puth.

The full list of nominees and categories is at BillboardMusicAwards.com.

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Here’s a list of the nominees in the top categories:

Top Artist: Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift

Top New Artist: 21 Savage, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Khalid, Kodak Black

 Billboard Chart Achievement Award: Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Drake, Sam Hunt, Ed Sheeran

Top Male Artist: Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Post Malone, Ed Sheeran

Top Female Artist: Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Halsey, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group: The Chainsmokers, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Migos, U2

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The Billboard Music Awards air at 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, on NBC.

John Sciulli/Getty Images for UCLA Jonsson Ca

2018 Billboard Music Awards: What time, what channel, who is performing, who is nominated?

John Sciulli/Getty Images for UCLA Jonsson Ca

2018 Billboard Music Awards: What time, what channel, who is performing, who is nominated?

Kelly Clarkson is hosting the 2018 Billboard Music Awards Sunday in Las Vegas. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation)

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