Billboard Music Awards 2018 announces an all-star lineup of presenters
The ceremony will see Janet Jackson's first TV performance in nine years. Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Macklemore, Kesha, Salt-N-Pepa are among the other performers
The 2018 Billboard Music Awards are just a few days away and an all-star lineup of the night's presenters has now been released.
The film, television and music stars slated to bestow the top prizes through the night include Hailey Baldwin, Tyra Banks, Alison Brie, Tip “T.I.” Harris, The Chainsmokers, Ciara, Andy Cohen, Simon Cowell, Darren Criss, Halsey, Justin Hartley and Chrissy Metz, Nick Jonas and Mustard, Chloe Kim, Mila Kunis, Padma Lakshmi, Des Linden, Julia Michaels, French Montana, Ne-Yo, Derek Hough and Jenna Dewan, Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson, Grace VanderWaal and Rebel Wilson.
The presenters join host and performer Kelly Clarkson, as well as K-Pop group BTS, Camila Cabello, Ariana Grande, Khalid, John Legend, Dua Lipa, Jennifer Lopez and Shawn Mendes, who will also take to the stage during the three-hour telecast.
Adding more firepower to the repertoire are collaborations including Christina Aguilera featuring Demi Lovato, Macklemore and Kesha, Salt-N-Pepa featuring En Vogue and Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey on a night filled with music’s biggest names.
The icing on the cake, of course, is that Janet Jackson will receive this year’s Billboard Music Awards ICON Award and will also take to the stage for a highly anticipated performance of her greatest hits, marking her first performance on television in nine years.
Nominations for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards were announced last month on NBC’s Today show and on a live stream from Billboard’s New York office. Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran tie for the most nominations this year with 15 nominations each.
Voting for the Billboard Chart Achievement Award and Top Social Artist is open and fans can also vote via Twitter. Voting will be open all the way up till half an hour into the live broadcast on May 20.
Billboard Music Awards nominees and winners are decided based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound.
The awards are based on the chart period of April 8, 2017 through March 31, 2018. Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of artists, songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of success in music.