One of music's biggest nights is almost here! The 2022 Billboard Music Awards will air at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2022, on NBC from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. How to watch the 2022 Billboard Music Awards tonight (5/15/22): time, channel, free live stream
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Among the performers will be Burna Boy, Latto, Megan Thee Stallion, Rauw Alejandro and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Mary J. Blige is this year’s Billboard Icon Award recipient and also will perform.
The Weeknd is a finalist in 17 categories of the 2022 Billboard Music Awards.
Doja Cat is the top female artist nominee with 14 nominations including top artist and top female artist, according to Billboard.
Justin Bieber, Ye and Olivia Rodrigo each received 13 nominations.
“Bieber is the third-most decorated artist in BBMA history, with 21 previous wins. He trails only Drake (29 wins) and Taylor Swift (25). All three of these artists are finalists in multiple categories this year, so these rankings could shift,” Billboard said.
Billboard said it has added five new categories this year, bringing the total to 62. Four of the new categories are based on “Billboard’s first authoritative global charts and one measuring viral songs.” The new global categories are top Billboard Global 200 artist, top Billboard Global excluding the U.S. artist, top Billboard Global 200 song and top Billboard Global excluding the U.S. song.
Here are some of the nominations:
Top artist - Doja Cat, Drake, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd.
Top new artist - Givēon, Masked Wolf, Olivia Rodrigo, Pooh Sheisty and The Kid LAROI.
Top male artist - Drake, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Lil Nas X and The Weeknd.
Top female artist - Adele, Doja Cat, Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift.
Top duo/group - BTS, Glass Animals, Imagine Dragons, Migos and Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak)
Top Billboard 200 Artist - Adele, Drake, Juice WRLD, Morgan Wallen and Taylor Swift.
Top Hot 100 Artist - Doja Cat, Drake, Justin Bieber, Olivia Rodrigo and The Weeknd.
Top streaming songs artist - Doja Cat, Drake, Lil Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo and The Weeknd.
Top tour - Eagles, Hotel California Tour; Genesis, The Last Domino? Tour; Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer, The Hella Mega Tour; Harry Styles, Love on Tour; The Rolling Stones, No Filter Tour.
The Billboard Music Awards will help to tie a bow on the 2022 awards season Sunday night.
For the second year in a row, The Weeknd leads the nominations with 17 chances at a trophy. His future touring partner, Doja Cat, is right behind him with 14 nods.
The two have had a major year with highly acclaimed sets at Coachella last month.
Performance-wise, Machine Gun Kelly and Dan + Shay will step in for Red Hot Chili Pepper, who dropped out of the show due to “unforeseen circumstances.”
Travis Scott and Morgan Wallen, who many people have “canceled” over the past year, will also make their mainstream comebacks.
As of 4 p.m. Friday, a Billboard poll showed fans are most looking forward to Wallen’s performance.
Meanwhile, Sean “Diddy” Combs, the show’s host, “demanded” to see Scott perform Sunday night.
“Travis went through a tragedy; Morgan [used the N-word] while talking to his boy. People make mistakes” Diddy told Billboard. “Now we’re moving on with love and respect for everybody that was hurt or affected. It’s time to forgive.”
As for his own musical number, the “I’ll Be Missing You” rapper promised, “You’re definitely going to see a step or two; whatever I’ve got to do.”
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 Billboard Music Awards.
When and where are the awards?
The award show will be at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 15 at 8 p.m. ET.
How can I watch them?
The ceremony will air live on NBC. Stream it via Peacock on services such as YouTube TV or Hulu Live TV.
Who is hosting?
Sean “Diddy” Combs, 52, will be our guide for the night.
How are the awards chosen?
This one works a little differently, in that there aren’t exactly nominations from some contentious academy, but rather musicians’ commercial success.
This year’s awards are based on the chart period of April 10, 2021, through March 26, 2022.
Finalists and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Luminate (formerly MRC Data).
Are there any new categories?
There are five new categories this year. Four of them are based on Billboard’s first authoritative global charts, and the other is Top Viral Song.
Ed Sheeran is a finalist in all four of the new global categories as an artist and for his song “Bad Habits.”
Who is presenting?
Presenters include Anthony Anderson, Heidi Klum, Anitta, Normani, Dove Cameron, DJ Khaled, Pusha T, Michael Bublé, City Girls, Teyona Taylor, Shenseea, Lainey Wilson, AleXa, and Tiffany Haddish.
Your favorite artists, including Megan Thee Stallion, Olivia Rodrigo, Ariana Grande, Latto, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Doja Cat and more will gather on May 15 at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards to celebrate a year of chart-topping music and see who takes home those coveted golden microphones.
Travis Scott is among the most notable BBMA performers this year. The rapper will be giving his first televised performance since 10 people died in a crushing incident during his Astroworld Festival gig in November 2021.
Per BBMAs executive producer Diddy, it was at his insistence that Scott is playing, with the rap legend saying in an Instagram video: "For the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday I made a request, I made a demand. I said 'My brother Travis Scott has to perform. I'm executive producing, he has to perform." He added in a statement to Revolt: "I am uncanceling the canceled."
The 2022 BBMAs, however, won't feature the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The band was due to perform at the ceremony for the first time since 1999, but had to cancel due to what the Billboard Music Awards Instagram account called "unforeseen circumstances." Machine Gun Kelly and Dan + Shay were added to the performer lineup shortly after the news broke of RHCP dropping out
Ed Sheeran will also be performing live from Belfast for the ceremony. Performing in the United States, meanwhile, will be artists like Megan Thee Stallion, Silk Sonic and Burna Boy. Mary J. Blige, meanwhile, will be receiving the Billboard Icon Award a few months after her rapturously received Super Bowl performance.