2018 Billboard Music Awards Set for May 20

Starting at 8:00 pm EST, the award show will air on NBC

By Elyse Dupre Jan 16, 2018 8:36 PMTags
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Mark your calendars because the 2018 Billboard Music Awards will take place Sunday, May 20.

The three-hour telecast of the award show will air on NBC starting at 8:00 p.m. EST. NBC and dick clark productions announced the news on Tuesday. 

This will be the first telecast of the music award show on NBC. The network acquired the rights to the Billboard Music Awards in a multi-year deal with dick clark productions in November. dick clark produces the award show.

While the 2018 nominees have yet to be announced, a press release for the award show states "finalists are based on key interactions with music fans, as well as album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social engagement." These metrics are tracked by Billboard and its partners over a 12-month period.

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Drake was the big winner at last year's award show. The "Hotline Bling" artist took home 13 awards, including Top Artist, Top Male Artist, and Top Rap Artist.

Ludacris and Vanessa Hudgens hosted the event from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and Miley Cyrus, Celine Dion, Cher and Bruno Mars all performed on stage.

We can't wait for this year's award show!

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