Who is performing, moderating and how to watch

The Billboard Music Awards will help tie a bow to the 2022 awards season on Sunday night.

For the second year in a row, The Weeknd leads the nominations with 17 chances for a trophy. His future touring partner, Doja Cat, is right behind him at 14 nods.

The two had a big year with acclaimed sets at Coachella last month.

Performance-wise, Machine Gun Kelly and Dan + Shay will fill in for Red Hot Chili Pepper, who have left the show due to “unforeseen circumstances.”

Travis Scott and Morgan Wallen, who many people “cancelled” over the past year, will also be making their mainstream comeback.

As of Friday at 4 p.m., a Billboard poll showed that Wallen’s performance is what fans are looking forward to the most.

Meanwhile, Sean “Diddy” Combs, the show’s host, “requested” to see Scott perform on Sunday night.

“Travis went through a tragedy; morgan [used the N-word] while talking to his boy. People make mistakes,” Diddy told Billboard. “Now we continue with love and respect for all who have been hurt or affected. It is time to forgive.”

As for his own musical number, the “I’ll Be Missing You” rapper promised: “You’ll definitely see a step or two; whatever I have to do.”

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 Billboard Music Awards.

Morgan Wallen and Travis Scott
Host Sean “Diddy” Combs defended both Morgan Wallen (left) and Travis Scott’s upcoming performances at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards.

When and where are the awards?

The awards ceremony will be held on May 15 at 8 p.m. ET at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

How can I watch them?

The ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC. Stream it through Peacock on services like YouTube TV or Hulu Live TV.

Who hosts?

Sean “Diddy” Combs, 52, will be our guide for the night.

sean "diddi" Combs on the red carpet
The one and only Sean “Diddy” Combs is hosting the 2022 Billboard Music Awards live from Las Vegas.
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How are the awards selected?

This one works a bit differently, as it’s not exactly nominations from some controversial academy, but rather the commercial success of musicians.

This year’s awards are based on the chart period from April 10, 2021 to March 26, 2022.

Finalists and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, and community engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, 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 charts 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”.

Who Presents?

Hosts 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 provide action. Miranda Lambert and Elle King will team up for a live performance of Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).

Super Bowl halftime actress Mary J. Blige will grace the stage and accept the 2022 Icon Award.

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