2019 Billboard Music Awards: A Rundown

2019 Billboard Music Awards: A Rundown

The annual Billboard Music Awards returns tonight.

The annual Billboard Music Awards returns tonight.

Text: Emma Li

Today's top artists are setting the stage tonight at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards taking place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. While Kelly Clarkson is returning to host the show for her second consecutive year, other musicians are preparing to make history as record-breaking wins are placed on the line.

Drake’s previous wins in 2016 and 2017 will make him the first three-time winner for top rap artist if he secures the award tonight.

The Chainsmokers were winners for top dance/electronic artist in the past two years, and tonight’s win would make them the first three-time winners.

Imagine Dragons may be up as the first artists to win back-to-back awards for top rock song.

The Weeknd is up for a possible win as the third two-time artist for the top R&B album award after Beyoncé and Whitney Houston.

DJ Snake would become the first three-time winner for top dance/electronic song if his nominated track “Taki Taki” featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna, and Cardi B earns him the title.

Cardi B is leading the entire lineup as an artist nominated for 21 awards across 18 categories. Drake and Post Malone follow, each with 17 nominations.

The award nominee lineup features V cover stars, including Lady Gaga who is nominated for top song sales artist, as well as the chart achievement award, top soundtrack for “A Star is Born”, and top selling song for “Shallow” with Bradley Cooper.

V113 cover star Dua Lipa is up for top new artist, chart achievement award, and top dance/electronic song with Calvin Harris.

Performances to anticipate include Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie’s opening stage, which will be a worldwide premiere of their new single “Me!”

BTS and Halsey will grace the stage with “Boy With Luv” during their world television premiere performance of the song. Other stages to look forward to include Ariana Grande’s performance of “7 Rings” and the Jonas Brothers’ performance of “Sucker”, which will mark their first televised awards show performance in ten years.

The BBMAs Red Carpet will stream on Twitter at 6PM ET and the awards show will air live at 8PM ET on NBC.

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