The Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) honors the hottest names in music today. Unique among music awards shows, honorees are selected by performance on the Billboard Charts, widely considered to be the ultimate authority in the music industry. Consistently ranked as the second largest pop music show of the year, the show celebrates music’s greatest achievements, solidifying the BBMAs as an annual, live entertainment tentpole franchise.
The 2018 telecast aired live coast to coast on Sunday, May 20 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and showcased the hottest musical acts, biggest performances, unexpected collaborations and buzzworthy pop culture moments that will have the world talking.
The 2018 show was hosted by Kelly Clarkson, with performances from Janet Jackson, who received the 2018 Billboard Music Awards ICON Award and performed for the first time on television in nine years, as well as BTS, Ariana Grande, John Legend, Dua Lipa and Ed Sheeran with collaborations from Christina Aguilera featuring Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello and Pharrell Williams, Khalid and Normani, Jennifer Lopez featuring DJ Khaled, Macklemore and Kesha, Salt-N-Pepa featuring En Vogue, Shawn Mendes and Khalid and Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey.
“Billboard Music Awards” finalists are based on key interactions with music fans, as well as album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on a 12-month reporting period. 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.
For the latest “Billboard Music Awards” (BBMAs) news, exclusive content and more, follow the BBMAs on social media and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #BBMAs.
The “Billboard Music Awards” is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman and Robert Deaton are executive producers.