The Billboard Music Awards will help curtsy to the 2022 awards season on Sunday night.
For the second year in a row, The Weeknd leads the nominations with 17 chances to win a trophy. His future tour partner, Doja Cat, is right behind him with 14 nods.
The two had a major year with highly acclaimed sets at Coachella last month.
Performance-wise, Machine Gun Kelly and Dan + Shay will replace Red Hot Chili Pepper, who dropped out of the show due to “unforeseen circumstances.”
Travis Scott and Morgan Wallen, who many people have “cancelled” over the past year, will also make a comeback.
At 4 p.m. Friday, a Billboard poll showed fans eagerly awaiting Wallen’s performance.
Meanwhile, show host Sean “Diddy” Combs “demanded” to see Scott perform on Sunday night.
“Travis went through a tragedy; Morgan [used the N-word] while talking to her boy. People make mistakes,” Diddy told Billboard. “Now we move forward with love and respect for all who have been hurt or affected. It’s time to forgive.
As for his own musical number, the “I’m Gonna Miss You” rapper promised, “You’re definitely going to see a step or two; all i have to do.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 Billboard Music Awards.
When and where are the rewards?
The awards show will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 15 at 8 p.m. ET.
How can I watch them?
The ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC. Stream it via Peacock on services like YouTube TV or Hulu Live TV.
Sean “Diddy” Combs, 52, will be our guide for the night.
How are the prices chosen?
This one works a little differently, in that it’s not exactly about controversial academy nominations, but more about the musicians’ commercial success.
This year’s rewards are based on the chart period from April 10, 2021 to March 26, 2022.
Finalists and winners are based on top fan interactions with music, including digital album and song sales, streaming, radio airplay, and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its partners in data, including Luminate (formerly MRC Data).
Are there new categories?
There are five new categories this year. Four of them are based on Billboard’s first authoritative global rankings, and the other is Top Viral Song.
Ed Sheeran is a finalist in all four new global categories as an artist and for his song “Bad Habits.”
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Presenters include Anthony Anderson, Heidi Klum, Anitta, Normani, Dove Cameron, DJ Khaled, Pusha T, Michael Bublé, City Girls, Teyona Taylor, Shenseea, Lainey Wilson, AleXa and Tiffany Haddish.
Who else is performing?
Ed Sheeran, Burna Boy, Latto, Megan Thee Stallion and Rauw Alejandro will be there.
Florence + the Machine, Maxwell and Silk Sonic will also bring some action. Miranda Lambert and Elle King will team up for a live rendition of “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)”.
Super Bowl halftime performer Mary J. Blige will grace the stage and accept the 2022 Icon Award.