Kelly Clarkson Will Host Star-Studded Billboard Music Awards

Kelly Clarkson will host a star-studded Billboard Music Awards live from Las Vegas this Sunday night. The singer admits she’s “ terrified-slash-excited.” She tells the magazine, “I literally went from saying no to even presenting awards, to this. I keep telling people it’ll at least be funny to laugh at.”

Kelly says her mother-in-law Reba McEntire, who recently hosted the ACM Awards, did give her some advice. “She was just like, 'Oh, Lord, just be you.' We’re so different, though. She’s such a professional. I never stick to a script; I ramble,” she says. “I don’t think of myself as funny, but I’m not afraid to make a subtle joke here or there.

Chris Stapleton and Sam Hunt lead the pack for Country with five nods apiece. Both Chris and Sam will compete for Top Country Artist, along with Kane Brown, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett, while Chris is also up for Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Selling Album for “From A Room: Vol. 1,” and Sam is up for Top Selling Song for “Body Like A Back Road,” as well as the Billboard Chart Achievement Award.

  • Performers for this year’s telecast include Kelly Clarkson, who’ll also host the show, Maren Morris, Zedd and Grey, Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato, BTS, Camila Cabello, Ariana Grande, Kesha and Macklemore, John Legend, Dua Lipa, Jennifer Lopez, Shawn Mendes and Khalid, Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue, Ed Sheeran (from Dublin), , and this year's Icon Award recipient, Janet Jackson. 
  • Presenters this year include Hailey Baldwin, Tyra Banks, Alison Brie, The Chainsmokers, Ciara, Andy Cohen, Simon Cowell, Darren Criss, Halsey, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Justin Hartley & Chrissy Metz, Nick Jonas & Mustard, Chloe Kim, Mila Kunis, Padma Lakshmi, Des Linden, Julia Michaels, French Montana, Ne-Yo, Derek Hough & Jenna Dewan, Evan Ross & Ashlee Simpson, Grace VanderWaal and Rebel Wilson.

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards will air at 8 pm on NBC live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Billboard Music Award Nominees (click here for a complete list)


Top Country Artist

  • Kane Brown
  • Luke Combs
  • Sam Hunt
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton

Top Country Male Artist

  • Sam Hunt
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton

Top Country Female Artist

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Maren Morris

Top Country Duo/Group Artist

  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Old Dominion
  • Zac Brown Band 

Top Country Tour

  • Luke Bryan
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Top Country Song

  • Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs”
  • Sam Hunt, “Body Like A Back Road”
  • Dustin Lynch, “Small Town Boy”
  • Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant To Be”
  • Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know” 

Top Country Album

  • Kane Brown, “Kane Brown”
  • Luke Combs, “This One’s For You”
  • Thomas Rhett, “Life Changes”
  • Chris Stapleton, “From A Room: Volume 1”
  • Brett Young, “Brett Young” 

Billboard Chart Achievement Award

  • Camila Cabello
  • Cardi B
  • Drake
  • Sam Hunt
  • Ed Sheeran 

Top Billboard 200 Artist

  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Taylor Swift 

Top Selling Album

  • Kendrick Lamar, “DAMN.”
  • P!nk, “Beautiful Trauma”
  • Ed Sheeran, “÷” (Divide)
  • Chris Stapleton, “From A Room: Volume 1”
  • Taylor Swift, “reputation”

Top Selling Song

  • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito"
  • Sam Hunt “Body Like A Back Road”
  • Imagine Dragons “Believer”
  • Imagine Dragons “Thunder”
  • Ed Sheeran “Perfect” 

Source: Billboard

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