Kelly Clarkson to host the 2018 Billboard Music Awards

Kelly Clarkson has a busy spring planned. She is set to host the 2018 Billboard Music Awards when it moves to its new home on NBC on May 20. The powerhouse singer and “The Voice” coach took to her social media (April 16) to not only celebrate “The Voice” going live but to make the announcement she was asked to host. Clarkson has received dozens of awards in her near 16-year career and has presented her peers with awards but this is new territory for the three-time Grammy winner.

Since her career began with her very first song, Clarkson has had a significant presence on the Billboard charts. Her “American Idol” inaugural hit “A Moment Like This” broke the record set by the Beatles for the fastest jump to No. 1 – an honor she’s landed twice and still holds the record (“My Life Would Suck Without You” would jump from No. 97-1 in 2009).

Albums Thankful (2003), All I Ever Wanted (2009) and Piece by Piece (2015) have reached No. 1 on the Top 200 Albums chart while she’s had three Hot 100 No. 1s – the aforementioned tunes and 2012’s single “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).” Clarkson’s latest album Meaning of Life debuted at No. 2 in 2017.

Kelly Clarkson currently holds the record for most top 10s on the Adult Top 40 chart proving just how important her catalog is to adult radio. Recently, Clarkson scored her 101st No. 1 across any chart when single “Love So Soft” would hit No. 1 on the dance chart. Her most recent single “I Don’t Think About You” has peaked at No. 16 on Adult Top 40 and has climbed to No. 28 on Adult Contemporary.

As the newest coach on “The Voice,” Clarkson has been able to show a broader audience her bubbly and outspoken personality fans have loved for over a decade and she’s bound to bring laughter to the Billboard Music Awards when it airs at 8:00 p.m. on May 20. Check out Kelly Clarkson’s announcement below.

Related: 10 greatest moments in the history of the Billboard Music Awards

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Here is the complete list of winners for the 2018 ACM Awards

Reba returned as esteemed emcee for the 2018 ACM Awards taking place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas April 15. Heading into the evening, Chris Stapleton led nominations, scooping up nods for Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year (for From a Room: Volume 1) and Single Record of the Year (for “Broken Halos”). Other major contenders included Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett. The nominations list also featured Jason Aldean, LancoMidland and countless others.

Related — 5 things you didn’t know about the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM Awards)

Meanwhile, the telecast included a star-studded performance lineup, from Carrie Underwood‘s live debut of new single “Cry Pretty” to Maren Morris‘ display of ferocity with “Rich” to Kelsea Ballerini, Florida Georgia Line and Dierks Bentley.

The 53rd annual ACM Awards aired live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 15 on CBS at 8/7c.

Below is the complete list of winners:

Entertainer of the Year 
Jason Aldean **WINNER
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert **WINNER
Reba McEntire
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton **WINNER
Keith Urban
Chris Young

Vocal Duo of the Year 
Brothers Osborne **WINNER
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Old Dominion **WINNER

New Male Vocalist of the Year
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Devin Dawson
Russell Dickerson
Brett Young **WINNER

New Female Vocalist of the Year
Lauren Alaina **WINNER
Danielle Bradbery
Carly Pearce

New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year
High Valley
Midland **WINNER
Runaway June

Songwriter of the Year
Rhett Akins **WINNER
Ashley Gorley
Hillary Lindsey
Shane McAnally
Josh Osborne

Album of the Year
The Breaker – Little Big Town
California Sunrise – Jon Pardi
From A Room: Volume 1 – Chris Stapleton **WINNER
Happy Endings – Old Dominion
Life Changes – Thomas Rhett

Single Record of the Year 
“Better Man” – Little Big Town
“Body Like a Back Road” – Sam Hunt **WINNER
“Broken Halos” – Chris Stapleton
“Drinkin’ Problem” – Midland
“I’ll Name the Dogs” – Blake Shelton

Song of the Year 
“Body Like a Back Road” – Sam Hunt (songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
“Female” – Keith Urban (songwriters: Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally)
“Tin Man” – Miranda Lambert (songwriters: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall) **WINNER
“Whiskey and You” – Chris Stapleton (songwriters: Lee Thomas Miller, Chris Stapleton)

Related — All the music videos nominated for Video of the Year for the 2018 ACM Awards

Video of the Year 
“Black” – Dierks Bentley
“It Ain’t My Fault” – Brothers Osborne **WINNER
“Legends” – Kelsea Ballerini
“Marry Me” – Thomas Rhett
“We Should Be Friends” – Miranda Lambert

Vocal Event of the Year
“Craving You” – Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris
“Dear Hate” – Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill
“Funny (How Time Slips Away) – Glen Campbell and Willie Nelson
“The Fighter” – Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood **WINNER
“What Ifs” – Kane Brown featuring Lauren Alaina

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Can’t make it to Vegas for the ACM Awards? Here’s how to watch at home

The 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards will take place April 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Click here to buy tickets.)  In case you can’t be there in person, we’ve found viewing options so you won’t miss the show. CBS has the U.S. telecast at 8 p.m. EST/PST and 7 p.m. CST. CBS All Access will also have a live stream of the event, according to CBS.  For photos, updates and behind-the-scenes perspectives, you can like the Academy of Country Music on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards and Instagram @ACMAwards.

After a five-year absence as ACM Awards host, Reba McEntire is returning to emcee the show this year. This will be the 18th time that she is an ACM Awards host: 12 times as a solo host and six times as a co-host. of the show. 

Chris Stapleton is the leading nominee; he has eight nominations, including Entertainer of the Year. The other Entertainer of the Year nominees are Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks and Keith Urban. Aldean, Stapleton and Urban are also up for Male Vocalist of the year, along with Thomas Rhett and Chris Young. The nominees for Female Vocalist of the Year are McEntire,  Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Carrie Underwood.

Performers at the 2018 ACM Awards will include Lauren Alaina, Aldean, Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Lambert, Little Big Town, Midland, Morris, Jon Pardi, Bebe Rexha, Rhett, Blake Shelton, Underwood, Urban and Brett Young. Underwood’s performance will be the live world premiere of her new single to be announced.

Presenters announced so far include David Boreanaz, Drew Brees, AJ Buckley, Cam, Sam Elliot, Eve, Ashton Kutcher, Dustin Lynch, Nancy O’Dell, Rebecca Romijn, Max Thieriot and Lindsey Vonn

The show is produced for television by Dick Clark Productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.


5 things you didn’t know about the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM Awards)

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5 things you didn’t know about the Billboard Latin Music Awards

The Billboard Latin Music Awards are set to return later this month on April 26. The annual awards ceremony became an extension of the Billboard Music Awards starting back in 1994, and have since become one of the biggest events of the year for the global music genre. The Awards ceremony will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas this year, with Gaby Espino and Marco Antonio Regil set to come on as hosts.

Latin music has continued to grow in popularity over the years, especially in 2017 with the hugely successful Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee hit, “Despacito,” becoming one of the biggest crossover singles of all time. Fans already know this year’s nominees and performers for the show, but it’s what most music lovers don’t know about the Latin Music Awards that could be considered equally exciting. So for those who are new to the colorfully exciting world of Latin music, or have never tuned into the annual award show, here are 5 things that you may not have known about the Latin Music Awards.

1. They’re the “Oscars” of Latin music
The Billboard Latin Music Awards are a pretty big deal. Not only are the longest running and most prestigious award show in the Latin music industry, but they help set the foundation for additional exposure to fans and industry executives outside of the global genre. The ceremony is broadcasted live on Telemundo, the second largest network of Spanish-spoken programming in the United States.

2. Shakira is the belle of the ball
Since beginning in 1994, Shakira has reigned supreme in the “Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year” category, with seven wins out of eight total nominations. To make the achievement even more impressive, four of those wins came consecutively from 2010-2013. Only the late Selena has won the female category consecutively when she did so from 1994-1995. Overall, only Enrique Iglesias has come close to the Colombian singer in total wins in the category, with an equally respectable four wins out of eight total nominations. 

3. Latin music’s influence on American pop artists is now off the charts
When it comes to Billboard and its affiliated award shows, winners are determined for the most part by how well they and their music performed on the charts. As Latin music continues to grow in popularity around the world, the genre has also influenced some of the biggest names in North American pop music as well. This year, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran and Little Mix are all competing for “Crossover Artist of the Year.” Over the past few years, Bieber and Sheeran have racked up multiple nominations in the category, along with Drake, Rihanna and The Weeknd, to name a few.

4. Selena was the show’s biggest winner at the inaugural Awards ceremony
If you turn back the clocks back to the mid-1990s, it’s almost mind-blowing to think of who was ruling the Latin charts at the time when grunge rock was ruling the commercial airwaves. In 1994, it was the late Selena [Quintanilla-Pérez] who won big, taking home the award for “Regional Mexican Album of the Year” for Live Selena, and “Regional Mexican Female Artist of the Year.” She would be inducted into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame the following year, after her untimely death.

5. Like any other award show, collaborative performances usually steal the headlines
Award shows are fun, but in the world of music (especially Latin music), if it doesn’t make you dance when performed live, the artist/song just won’t cut it. So it’s only proper that the show has featured some pretty memorable live performances over the years. One of the more noteworthy collaborations between artists came back in 2004 when Cuban jazz legend and future Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree Arturo Sandoval joined Alicia Keys on stage for a duet performance of her then hit single, “If I Ain’t Got You.” A low-def recording of the performance can be watched by clicking here.

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Billboard Latin Music Awards 2018: Maluma, Nicky Jam & more set to perform

The Billboard Latin Music Awards have announced the first round of performers who will be in attendance when the event takes place in Las Vegas on April 26. Announced late last week, artists including Puerto Rican pop star Chayanne, Calibre 50, Sofia Reyes, Christian Nodal, Maluma, reggaeton singer Nicky Jam, Ozuna and CNCO will all perform at the live event, which will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center later this month. As noted in the report, the awards ceremony caps off a week’s worth of events stemmed around Billboard’s Latin Music Conference from April 23-26.

Of the above mentioned performers, only Ozuna is up for the “Artist of the Year” award, against J Balvin, Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi. The young singer’s debut album, 2017’s Odisea, has since become one of the most successful debuts in Latin music history. Among the other names of performers, Calibre 50 and Nicky Jam have each earned five nominations, with Christian Nodal and CNCO come in with four noms.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards is the only annual award major show in the U.S. which acknowledges and honors in Latin music recording artists, and will be celebrating its 20th consecutive year of uninterrupted broadcast on Telemundo this year. This year’s nominees, which are listed here, will have their fates determined based on unit sales, streaming numbers, radio airplay and data from social media, which reportedly “informs Billboard’s weekly charts during a one-year period from the rankings dated February 4, 2017 through this year’s January 27 charts.”

Tickets for the event are on sale now, and can be purchased by clicking here. Fans who won’t be able to make the trip to Sin City can still tune in live when the Latin Music Awards air on Telemundo at at 7 p.m. EST on April 26.

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Little Big Town, Alan Jackson, Kane Brown and more set to perform the 2018 ACM Awards

More country music superstars have been added to the already epic 2018 ACM Awards performer lineup as Little Big Town, Alan Jackson, Kane Brown, Kelly Clarkson and Jon Pardi join the previously announced roster. Grammy-winning songstress Reba McEntire will host this year’s main event which is being held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 15. Tickets for the ceremony are currently onsale via AXS for fans who are looking to experience the excitement live.

Related: Complete list of nominees for the ACM Awards 2018

Celebrity presenters at this year’s ceremony include Cam, Dustin Lynch, Ashton Kutcher, Kiefer Sutherland, Max Thieriot and more. Lauren Alaina, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, Jason Aldean and more will hit the stage to deliver what are sure to be electrifying live performances.

Overall, country music’s biggest and brightest stars will be recognized during the 53rd American Country Music Awards ceremony. Chris Stapleton leads the pack of talented nominees in garnering eight nominations including his first nomination for Entertainer of the Year. He battles reigning two-time Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean for the coveted honor, along with Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan and Keith Urban.

Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert tied for four nods apiece and face off in the Female Vocalist of the Year category against Kelsea Ballerini, McEntire and Carrie Underwood. The ACM Awards will be televised live on CBS on Sunday, April 15 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Stay tuned to AXS for ongoing ACM Awards coverage.

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5 things you didn’t know about the Billboard Music Awards

The Billboard Music Awards has been acknowledging some of the best artists in the world since 1990. While the Grammys are voted on by a select group of people in the music industry, the Billboard Music Awards are strictly based on album/song sales and touring. There’s a ton of awards up for grabs, including Top Touring Artist and Top New Artist. This year’s installment will arrive on May 20, and it will be its first time appearing on NBC as part of a multi year deal. We searched throughout the award ceremonies’ long history and unveiled five facts you probably didn’t know.

1. Four year hiatus

Much like your favorite artist, the Billboard Music Awards decided to take a break, which lasted from 2007 to 2010. The reason behind this long hiatus involved its old network Fox. Since the beginning, the award show aired on the network. Due to expiring contracts, the ceremony was canceled for 2007. An attempt to revive it was made, but it remained dormant until 2011.

2. 21st century praise

In 2011, the Millennium Award was unveiled. This award is given to those that have been a major influence in the music industry. So far, only three people have been given this honor: Beyonce, Whitney Houston and Britney Spears. Fans might get this confused with the Icon Award, which was also announced in 2011.

3. The spotlight is on you

Pop singer Michael Jackson gained the first ever Billboard Music Award for Spotlight at the 1988 ceremony for having five number one singles from one album (1987’s Bad). This award wasn’t seen again until 2012 when Katy Parry won it for 2010’s Teenage Dream.

4. The host with the most

Ludacris has hosted the Billboard Music Awards more than anyone with four consecutive hosting duties. The rapper landed the gig in 2014. Ludacris has won two Billboard Music Awards thanks to his friend Usher. In 2004, he won Top 100 Song award for “Yeah,” and in 2005, he won Best Rap Song for “Lovers and Friends.”

5. Gone but not forgotten

Just like every other long running award ceremony, some categories become retired over time. As of this writing, there are 27 retired categories. Some of the most forgotten categories involved EDM. In 2013, the award ceremony revealed categories for Top EDM Album, Top EDM Song and Top EDM Artist. The following year, those categories were merged with the existing Dance/Electronic categories.

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