Dick Clark Productions and NBC have announced the first round of performers for the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, including superstars Alicia Keys, Bad Bunny, Luke Combs and Post Malone. Hosted by Kelly Clarkson, the 2020 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) will broadcast live from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, October 14th at 8 pm ET on NBC.
Nine-time BBMA winner Alicia Keys will make her long-awaited return to the award show’s stage, where she last wowed audiences during her incredible performance with music legend Stevie Wonder. The BBMA’s will have a handful of exciting inaugural performances this year, with two-time BBMA winner and 2020 nominee for Top Latin Artist, Bad Bunny, making his highly anticipated performance debut, along with 2019 Top Country Artist winner and four-time 2020 BBMA nominee, Luke Combs, and 2018 Top Rap Song winner and this year’s most-nominated artist, Post Malone.
As previously announced, Garth Brooks will receive the coveted ICON Award, joining only eight other artists to ever receive the honor, and take the stage for a highly anticipated performance.
This year’s awards are based on the chart period of March 23, 2019 through March 14, 2020, set for the originally scheduled April 29, 2020 show, which was postponed due to the pandemic. The original eligibility period will remain intact to recognize and honor the chart-topping artists and musical successes achieved and to maintain consistent tracking periods for future shows.
Nominees were announced last week which sees rapper Post Malone leads the pack with 16 Billboard Music Award nods, followed by first-time nominees Lil Nas X with 13 and Billie Eilish with 12. BBMA winner Khalid ties Eilish with 12 nominations. Other nominees and possible record breakers include first-time nominee Lizzo (11), Kanye West (9), Taylor Swift (6), and Justin Bieber (4).
Billboard Music Awards nominees and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including MRC Data/Nielsen Music. Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the leading authority for ranking the popularity of artists, songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of success in music.
The 2020 Billboard Music Awards is produced by Dick Clark Productions. Amy Thurlow, Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman, Linda Gierahn, Kelly Clarkson and Robert Deaton are executive producers.
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