Why Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber missed Billboard Music Awards 2019
Not everyone showed up to the Las Vegas ceremony even though they had quite a few nominations. Here's why
While most of the shining stars of the music, film and television industry did show up for the Billboard music awards this year, held in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, some didn't make an appearance and fans definitely missed them.
Ariana Grande, for example. The 'Dangerous Woman' singer doesn't really have a beef with the BBMA unlike the Grammys so it was pretty strange that she didn't show up. Grande was nominated for several awards at the Billboard Music Awards: Top Artist, the Billboard Chart Achievement Award, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Streaming Song Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Radio Song Artist, and Top Social Artist this year.
So before rumors could swirl, the singer clarified why she was unable to attend - she's touring, you guys. "happy @bbmas day everybody! so wish we were there with u in person tonight. thank you @billboard for all of your endless support, love and for having us perform for u remotely from the sweetener world tour. we love you," she tweeted along with a gorgeous picture from her 'Sweetener' tour. She did, however, treat fans with a pre-recorded performance of her hit '7 Rings'.
happy @bbmas day everybody ! so wish we were there with u in person tonight. thank you @billboard for all of your endless support, love and for having us perform for u remotely from the sweetener world tour. 🖤🌫 we love you. pic.twitter.com/YVb2hUqmte— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 1, 2019
Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin were also a no show at the awards along with Kylie Jenner and boo Travis Scott. Scott was nominated for Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Male Rap Artist, Top Rap Tour, Top Billboard 200 Album, and Top Rap Album.
However, it isn't entirely surprising that we didn't see them. The couple celebrated Scott's birthday in Los Angeles on Tuesday with a late-night party. Jenner posted on her Instagram story earlier that day that she was sick but "still gonna go hard for my baby." Plus, Scott is performing in Dallas on May 3, so fitting in the BBMAs as well in his overpacked schedule was perhaps a bit too much.
As for Justin and Hailey, it totally makes sense since Biebs isn't really making any music at the moment. He did have one shared nomination for a collaboration he did with Khalid, Chance The Rapper and Quavo called 'No Brainer'. However, he's been out of the award show scene since 2016 - his last appearance was in the 2016 Grammys. The couple was photographed out and about in New York though so clearly he's not missing anything.
Selena Gomez hasn't been attending the ceremony since 2013 - in case you didn't know. She does, however, have an appearance scheduled for Cannes later this month for her movie 'The Dead Don't Die' .