Airing on Sunday, May 20, the Billboard Music Awards, which will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, will celebrate those that dominated in the charts and national tours. With host Kelly Clarkson, the award ceremony will feature some electric performances from Ariana Grande, BTS, and Jennifer Lopez. We're going to give our predictions on who will walk away with the biggest awards that night. If you'll be in the town that night, tickets are still available to purchase here. Those unable to come out can watch the entire thing live on NBC starting at 8 p.m. EST.
Here are our predictions for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards:
Prediction: No new artist had a year like Cardi B. The New York native broke records with her major label debut single "Bodak Yellow," which spent three weeks at number one. Following a feature on Bruno Mars' "Finesse" remix, Cardi B released her debut album Invasion of Privacy. In its first day, the album went Gold, and all 13 tracks have gained traction on the Hot 100 chart.
Prediction: You couldn't escape Ed Sheeran in 2017. The platinum-selling act was a fixture on the radio with two number one singles: "Shape of You" and "Perfect." His 12 track album Divide earned Sheeran Grammy wins for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance.
Prediction: When it comes to first week sales, Taylor Swift is the queen of the pop world. Much like her previous albums, Reputation gained platinum status in its first week with 1.2 million albums sold. The star is currently promoting the album with a massive stadium tour with Charli XCX and fellow Top Female Artist nominee Camila Cabello.
Prediction: U2 is still at the top after 40 years of delivering hits such as "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "Beautiful Day." Last year saw the band delivering the highest grossing tour of the year with the Joshua Tree Tour. Before the year ended, they released their 14th studio album Songs of Experience, which is their eighth studio album to top the charts.
Prediction: 2017 saw Bruno Mars deliver his fifth number one single with "That's What I Like." His 24K Magic World Tour, which saw him perform over 130 shows in six continents, brought in over $238 million. With six Grammy wins earlier this year, the artist will arrive to the MGM Grand Garden Arena to pick up a few more awards.
Prediction: While every other nominated act was busy promoting one album, Chris Stapleton decided to drop two. From A Room: Volume 1 and Volume 2 both debuted at number two on the Billboard Top 200 chart and earned the artist three Grammy wins. Stapleton also became the first artist since Garth Brooks to have three albums take over the top three spots in the Top Country Albums chart.
Prediction: The music world was dealt with the loss of both Linkin Park's Chester Bennington and Tom Petty. Picking a winner in this particular category is very difficult. In terms of longevity in the music scene, we'll have to give this one to Mr. Petty.
Prediction: The Chainsmokers' debut studio album Memories...Do Not Open continued their dominance in the Billboard charts with the platinum singles "Paris" and "Something Just like This." The duo also embarked on an ambitious arena tour, which included a slew of sold-out performances in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Toronto.
Prediction: For many, this will be a major battle between Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. We're going to give our support to T-Swizzle on this one.