Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran lead 2018 Billboard Music Awards

Dick clark productions announced nominees for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, which will honor the year’s most successful artists in 57 categories of music. 

Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran lead the pack with 15 nominations each, followed by Post Malone with 13, Imagine Dragons with 11, Drake with 9 and Justin Bieber and Cardi B with 8. The “2018 Billboard Music Awards” will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, USA on Monday, 21 May at 8:00 a.m. on Blue Ant Entertainment.

Other top nominees are Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi with 7 nominations. In addition to Cardi B, other top female nominees include Taylor Swift with 5 and Camila Cabello with 4 nominations.

Music heavyweights (from left) Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran
The 2018 Billboard Music Awards nominations include a cross section of artists with many seeing more nods than ever. Lamar, Mars and Sheeran received nominations for Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Hot 100 Song and Top Songs Sales Artist, among others. Post Malone received 13 nominations including Top Male Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, plus two nominations in the Top Streaming Song (Audio) category. Imagine Dragons received 11 nominations, including Top Duo/Group, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Rock Artist, and two nominations in the Top Rock Song and Top Selling Song categories. 

Voting for the two fan voted categories, Billboard Chart Achievement Award and Top Social Artist, will open in the coming weeks and additional details will be available soon.

Meanwhile, Multi-platinum music superstar, Billboard chart topper and current The Voice coach Kelly Clarkson will host the three-hour live telecast of the show, which will feature this year’s hottest musical acts, biggest performances, unexpected collaborations and buzzworthy pop culture moments. 

The announcement was made by Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. 

“Kelly Clarkson has long been a Billboard chart phenomenon and has a first-hand understanding of what matters most in music today,” Telegdy said. “Her enthusiasm for all genres of music and her innate sense of humor will make for a truly memorable night.”

“To prepare me for hosting the ‘Billboard Music Awards,’ I already have 20 costume changes planned,” Clarkson said. “I will be flying in like my girl P!nk and calling Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman for jokes. Well, or I’m just gonna show up and celebrate my favorite artists and get to know a few more. Yeah, maybe I’ll go with that plan.”

Topics: Dick clark productions , Billboard Music Awards , Kendrick Lamar , Bruno Mars , Ed Sheeran
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