Billboard announced BTS, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato and Shawn Mendes as the fan-voted Top Social Artist award nominees for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, which are being held on Sunday, May 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pop superstar Kelly Clarkson will host the star-studded ceremony, which is being broadcast live on television at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC. Voting is now open.
Top Social Artist nominees perennially take the top positions on Billboard’s Social 50 chart. Their performance on the ranking is driven by fan engagement on leading social platforms. This year’s crop of contenders are all vying for a win, which is determined by fan voting. Four out of the five nominees in the category are part of the star-studded 2018 BBMAs performer lineup. Grande is opening the show. Lovato is performing the TV debut of her duet with Christina Aguilera, “Fall in Line,” and BTS and Mendes will also perform. South Korean boy band BTS scored the Top Social Artist win at the 2017 BBMAs. (Watch them accept the award in the video above).
Ed Sheeran, Maren Morris and Zedd were recently added to the performer roster, with Sheeran leading the pack of 2018 Billboard Music Awards nominees in a tie with Kendrick Lamar at 15 nods apiece. Sheeran had a massively successful year last year with his third studio album, Divide. He was the most streamed artist on Spotify for 2017. He'll deliver a special BBMAs performance on location from Dublin, Ireland. Janet Jackson will also perform and receive the Icon Award and Jennifer Lopez is also slated to deliver a dazzling live number.
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