MGM Grand to host the 2018 Billboard Music Awards
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The 2018 Billboard Music Awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC. Per an announcement from dick clark productions and NBC, this year marks the first time the highly-popular music awards show will air on the network. Tickets to watch the ceremony in person can be purchased from AXS, beginning Thursday, April 12.

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The three-hour extravaganza is one of the year’s most buzzworthy musical blitzes with explosive live performances from music’s biggest artists and a host of awards to honor the hugest chart-busting hits. Billboard Music Awards nominees are reportedly based on key interactions with music fans, as well as album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The finalists and award winners are determined using data reflecting a 12-month tracking period.

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards nominees are still TBA. Last year’s BBMAs featured many unforgettable moments including Celine Dion’s show-stealing performance of “My Heart Will Go On,” Zayn’s Top New Artist win, Drake’s sizzling Bellagio Fountains performance and record-breaking 13 BBMA wins and more.

Billboard charts track music success and 2017 was a huge year for some of music’s biggest stars. Ed Sheeran smashed multiple records with his Grammy-winning third studio album, ÷ (Divide). Taylor Swift also crushed sales stats with her critically-acclaimed sixth studio album, reputation. Billboard also honored some amazing achievements from female artists with the newest crop of Billboard Women in Music honorees which included Selena Gomez as the 2017 Billboard Woman of the Year Award recipient and young “America’s Got Talent” champion Grace VanderWaal as the Rising Star Award winner.

The MGM Grand Garden Arena is a 14,000-capacity state-of-the-art entertainment venue which is operated in a joint venture of a subsidiary of MGM Resorts International and AEG. Iconic music artists like Elton John, Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and more have graced the Grand Garden Arena stage to deliver dazzling concerts to thousands of adoring fans.

Stay tuned to AXS for more news, updates, and coverage of the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.