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The 2019 Billboard Music Awards go down tonight and there are plenty of reasons to get excited. There are artists breaking genre barriers, artists fighting themselves for awards, performances to suit everyone’s taste and more that is yet to be announced. Here we’ve put together a list of five reasons you shouldn’t miss this year’s BBMAs.
Kelly Clarkson will return to the BBMAs stage to host. Hosting last year’s event, Clarkson seemed to have an endless amount of energy that added to the show. Vulture put together a list of her best moments, and if 2018 was any indication of her skills, then she’s sure to give us just as good a show, if not better, this Wednesday. Clarkson will also treat viewers once again to a performance of her latest song, “Broken and Beautiful.”
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) April 24, 2019
There is no shortage of exciting performances this year. Kicking the show off with a bang will be Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie with the world premiere performance of Swift’s new single “ME!” Other performance firsts include premiere performances of BTS and Halsey’s “Boy With Luv” and Madonna and Maluma’s “Medellín.”
The Jonas Brothers will return for their first televised awards show performance in 10 years Wednesday night with “Sucker,” and Brendon Urie will perform again with Panic! At The Disco for the band’s first ever BBMAs performance. Viewers will also be treated to a medley of greatest hits from Paula Abdul. There are still performances yet to be announced, so keep your eyes peeled for more announcements.
— Billboard Music Awards (@BBMAs) April 27, 2019
The BBMAs will honour Mariah Carey by presenting her with the Icon Award Wednesday night. Previous recipients of the award, which was established in 2011, include Prince, Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, and Cher to name a few. Carey will have her musical achievements celebrated this year, and as per tradition will also take the stage to perform a medley of some of her greatest hits. Though there’s no word on which hits Carey will perform, it’s safe to say this is a moment you won’t want to miss at this year’s awards.
Although last year’s performances were pretty female focused, the awards were not. Men dominated the awards in 2018, but that’s definitely not the case this year. This time around, Cardi B leads nominations with 21 nods in 18 categories, three of which she is nominated twice in. With this many nominations, it’s highly unlikely Cardi B will walk away empty handed. This on top of Mariah Carey’s Icon Award, Kelly Clarkson hosting, Taylor Swift opening the show, and Paula Abdul’s throwback performance, it looks like women will again be the spotlight stealers of Wednesday night’s awards.
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For the first time at a major awards show, BTS has been acknowledged in a category that isn’t fan voted—the seven-piece is up for Top Duo/Group. The K-pop boy band, who will also perform Wednesday night, are up against Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5, Dan + Shay, and Panic! At The Disco. This marks the band’s biggest U.S. award nomination, as the group is finally getting recognition for their music and not just their massive social media following. They’re also up for Top Social Award, which is a fan-voted category, and will be defending their two-time winning streak against fellow K-pop bands EXO and GOT7, as well as Ariana Grande and Louis Tomlinson.
You can watch the 2019 Billboard Music Awards live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, May 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV2.