Kelly Clarkson will return to host the upcoming 2019 Billboard Music Awards. The multi-tasking pop superstar and coach on “The Voice” made the exciting announcement during a Facebook live session last night (Feb. 28). Billboard confirmed the news on March 1. The impending hosting gig will mark the second time she’s helmed the ceremony.
Clarkson dubbed her live session “Minute+ a Glass of Wine” and teased an exciting, “I had so much fun hosting the ‘Billboard Music Awards’ last year that I’m back for more. We’re turning it up a notch this year and I can’t wait to celebrate all of my fellow amazing artists for another unforgettable night of live music.”
The 2019 BBMAs will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 1 and the ceremony will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC. This year also marks the second year the show will air on the network.
Clarkson has proved she has no problem pulling double duty. The Texas native singer-songwriter is currently serving as a coach on “The Voice” in its 16th season. She joins newbie coach John Legend and veteran coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine on the panel. She’s also headlining her 2019 Meaning of Life Tour and launching her own daytime TV talk show this fall on NBC, “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”
Clarkson has won three Grammy Awards out of 15 career total nominations. The “Piece by Piece” singer scored her most recent Grammy nomination this year for her eighth studio album Meaning of Life, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
The inaugural “American Idol” winner is also a five-time Billboard Music Award nominee and was honored with Billboard Women in Music’s Powerhouse Award in 2017. She has collected dozens of other prestigious awards and accolades in her storied 17-year music journey, including being ranked No. 19 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Music list. On top of all that, Clarkson is a critically-acclaimed children’s author.
Last year, UK native singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran took home top Billboard Music Awards honors, being named Top Artist and Top Male Artist, while his pal Taylor Swift was named Top Female Artist and Kendrick Lamar snagged Top Billboard 200 Album with Damn. Plus, K-pop superstars BTS won Top Social Artist and rocked the BBMAs stage with a live "Fake Love"
The 2018 BBMAs served up several memorable moments, including Kelly Clarkson’s emotional call for action against gun violence at the start of the show. (In case you missed it, watch it above).
The 2019 Billboard Music Award nominees have yet to be announced. Stay tuned to AXS for more on Kelly Clarkson and the 2019 BBMAs.