Pop superstar Ariana Grande is slated to deliver a sizzling show opening performance for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, per a Billboard report. Grande stopped by “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” last night and exclusively announced the news to an excited studio audience. Grande joins previously announced BBMA performers Shawn Mendes, Dua Lipa, BTS and Camila Cabello.
Grande has enjoyed fantastic success with her most recent single, “No Tears Left to Cry,” which dropped on April 20 and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She performed the TV debut of the track on "The Tonight Show" (Watch it in the video embedded above). She premiered the ethereal music video for the track a day ahead of the single’s release and it has already garnered over 84 million views on YouTube. The single was notably the best-selling single of the week, having amassed over 100,000 downloads. The track also shot straight to the top of the Digital Songs chart.
Ariana Grande is a multi-talented pop culture creative force already having snagged four Grammy nominations and eight Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hits. She took an artistic turn by acting in FOX’s horror comedy “Scream Queens” and “Hairspray Live!” Her most recent album, Dangerous Woman, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2016. No official word has been given about its follow up.
Kelly Clarkson will host the 2018 BBMAs, which take place in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The ceremony will air on Sunday, May 20 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC. If you want to watch the 2018 Billboard Music Awards in person, click here to purchase tickets from AXS.