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There’s no better way to celebrate the chart-topping hits of the year than with the 2022 Billboard Music Awards, which promise a night of spectacular performances, unexpected collaborations and buzzworthy pop culture moments.
The 2022 BBMAs air live on NBC tonight, Sunday from Las Vegas, and this year’s event will feature some record-breaking artists, from The Weeknd (finalist in 17 categories, including Top Artist) to Doja Cat (14 categories, including Top Viral Song, Top Hot 100 Song, and Top Collaboration category for “Kiss Me More”) and Olivia Rodrigo (including Top Artist and Top New Artist).
The BBMAs added two controversial performers as well, booking Morgan Wallen after stepping back into the spotlight at the Academy of Country Music Awards in March, and Travis Scott with his first TV performance since the Astroworld tragedy.
Hosted by Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs (who is also executive producing) in an exciting return to music he announced on Twitter, the ceremony is gearing up for some potential record-breakers, and first-time winners. Five new categories were also introduced this year, including Top Billboard Global 200 Artist, Top Billboard Global Exclusive U.S. Artist, Top Billboard Global 200 Song, and Top Billboard Global Exclusive U.S. Song (Ed Sheeran is up for all four new global categories). BTS is nominated for many of the same categories, but will not be attending the awards show this year, instead focusing on their June comeback.
Want to watch the BBMAs online? Here’s how to join in on the celebration, whether you’re tuning in from your laptop or TV.
When Are the 2022 BBMAs? Air Date, Channel, Time
The 2022 Billboard Music Awards will air tonight, Sunday, May 15 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC. The show will go live simultaneously on the East Coast and West Coast, though West Coast viewers can tune into a replay 8 p.m. PST as well.
How to Watch the BBMAs on TV
If you want to watch the BBMAs on TV, you’ll either need a traditional cable package (like these plans from AT&T which you can order now) or you can tune into NBC through a digital antenna if you have one. For everyone else, here’s how to watch or stream the show online.
How to Stream the BBMAs Online
If you want to watch the BBMAs online, and for free, there are a couple ways to live stream the show from home without cable.
1. Stream the BBMAs on Peacock
Since the Billboard Music Awards are airing on NBC, you can stream the event live on Peacock for free through the app, which includes viewing from a laptop, smartphone, or smart TV. With Peacock you’ll also get access to NBC’s other hit shows, such as The Office and Saved by the Bell.
You can get a basic Peacock subscription for free, but you’ll only have access to a segment of the service’s catalogue. Peacock has a 7-day free trial to watch the Billboard Music Awards online, but getting Peacock Premium will let you watch everything on the streamer ad-free.
Watch the BBMAs on Peacock here
2. Stream the BBMAs on fuboTV
One of the best streaming services for live TV is fuboTV. A subscription to fubo gets you more than 200 TV channels, including NBC, where you can stream the Billboard Music Awards live. Fubo also gets you access to E! to watch the BBMAs red carpet online, in addition to post-show coverage.
Like Hulu, fuboTV currently has a 7-day trial that you can use to stream the Billboard Music Awards free online. Get more details here.
3. Stream the BBMAs on Hulu + Live TV
You may already be aware of the original series and on-demand programming from Hulu, but the streaming service’s Hulu + Live TV plan will also get you access to NBC (and more than 60 other television channels) so you can watch the BBMAs, live sports and more.
Hulu lets you watch the show from your TV, tablet, laptop or other connected device. Get more details here.
4. Stream the BBMAs on Sling
Sling lets you customize which channels you want on your plan, so you can watch the BBMAs on NBC through Sling. SlingTV’s app pairs with virtually any device to let you watch the Billboard Music Awards live from your phone, computer, tablet, and more.
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Watch the BBMAs on SlingTV here
2022 BBMAs: Host, Nominees, Performances, What to Expect
The 2022 BBMAs will have Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs hosting from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The red carpet coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. EST / 3:30 p.m. PT on E!, with the award ceremony airing at 8:00 p.m. EST.
The 2022 BBMAs telecast will also finally return to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, which has long been the home of the Billboard Music Awards, after having temporarily been moved to the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles last year.
Mary J. Blige will also take the stage to accept the Icon Award during the show (and perform), joining the ranks of Pink, Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson, and more. Blige is the 11th artist to receive the Icon Award, and won the 1995 Billboard Music Award for R&B album of the year, as well as winning nine awards at the 2006 BBMAs.
This year’s BBMAs will also feature the third annual Change Maker Award, awarded to 14-year-old environmental justice activist Mari “Little Miss Flint” Copeny. She’s known for her efforts to bring attention to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and has raised over $600,000 for her Flint Kids projects, as well as distributed over a million water bottles to residents of Flint.
The musical lineup will feature all in-person performances, including Megan Thee Stallion, Latto, Burna Boy, Rauw Alejandro, Morgan Wallen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Maxwell, Florence & The Machine and Silk Sonic. Other performances of the night will feature Miranda Lambert, Ed Sheeran, Elle King and Becky G.
The 2022 BBMA presenters are expected to include Anthony Anderson, Anitta, Chloe Bailey, Michael Bublé, Dove Cameron, Dixie D’Amelio, DJ Khaled, Giveon, Tiffany Haddish, Heidi Klum, Liza Koshy, Pusha T, Teyana Taylor, although these are all subject to change.
Are BTS performing at the Billboard Awards? Though the group is nominated, they decided to skip the BBMAs this year to focus on preparing for their comeback. Still, don’t count out a surprise BTS appearance at the Billboards (maybe over video?) especially if they win their category.
If you’re wondering how the votes are even counted, 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 racked by Billboard and its data partners, including MRC Data. Fan-voted categories, though, include Top Social Artist and Top Collaboration.