Multi Platinum-Selling Artist Ariana Grande Set to Open the 2018 Billboard Music Awards Live on NBC
dick clark productions and NBC announced today that multiplatinum, record-breaking superstar Ariana Grande will open the "2018 Billboard Music Awards" with a show-stopping performance from her upcoming LP. Grande revealed the big news, exclusively, last night on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."
The pop songstress, who's new single "No Tears Left to Cry" hit No. 1 on iTunes in 85+ markets and No. 1 on U.S. iTunes for seven consecutive days in its debut week, will join previously announced performers BTS, Camila Cabello, Dua Lipa and Shawn Mendes on a night filled with music's biggest names.
Hosted by "The Voice" coach Kelly Clarkson, the "2018 Billboard Music Awards" will broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC. The three-hour telecast will feature performances from this year's hottest musical acts, unexpected collaborations and buzzworthy moments that celebrate 60 years of the Billboard Hot 100.
Ariana Grande Billboard chart facts:
With three full-length albums to her name at just 24 years old, Ariana Grande has been a reliable hitmaker since her 2013 breakthrough hit "The Way," featuring Mac Miller. The singer has earned 25 entries on the Billboard Hot 100, including nine Top 10s and 12 Top 40 hits. She made history in 2014 by becoming just the second woman to land three songs in the Hot 100's Top 10 as a lead artist, joining Adele. Two of her studio albums have hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, while her entire catalog of songs have generated 4.6 billion on-demand streams in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. With the release of "No Tears Left to Cry," Grande is the only artist to have the first single from each of her first four LPs debut in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.
With her powerful vocals and astonishing range, Ariana Grande has emerged as one of the most magnetic and massively successful performers in pop music today. At age 24 she's delivered three platinum-selling albums and surpassed 18 billion streams, in addition to nabbing four Grammy Award nominations and landing eight hits in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. With her most recent album - 2016's critically acclaimed Dangerous Woman - Grande both boldly defies expectation and reveals the full force of her voice (recently hailed as an "extraordinary, versatile, limitless instrument" upon Grande's appearance on Time's magazine's "100 Most Influential People" list).
Since making her full-length debut with 2013's "Yours Truly" (featuring the game-changing, triple-platinum smash single "The Way"), Grande has brought her striking vocal presence to a genre-blurring breed of pop, taking on R&B, soul and electronic music with equal nuance and assurance. Arriving in 2014, her sophomore effort, "My Everything," garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album and spawned the 6x-platinum hits "Problem" and "Bang Bang" (a Grammy nominee for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance). Through the years, the longtime actress and former Broadway star has proven the scope of her talent by appearing on "Scream Queens" and "Hairspray Live!" and showcased her comedic chops by hosting "Saturday Night Live." With her social media following now surging past 200 million, Grande has also earned numerous accolades from the MTV Video Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards and American Music Awards (including the highly coveted Artist of the Year prize).
The first artist in music history to see the lead single from her first three albums debut on the Billboard Hot 100, Grande embraced a more uncompromising vision than ever before in the making of "Dangerous Woman." With People magazine noting that the album "celebrates feminine might," Entertainment Weekly praised Grande for "having something meaningful to say with that jaw-dropping voice - one of the most exquisite in pop today." Grande wrapped up her widely lauded "Dangerous Woman Tour" in support of the album, performing 85 arena shows worldwide.
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Nominations for the "2018 Billboard Music Awards" were announced earlier this month on NBC's "Today" and on a livestream from Billboard's New York office. Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran tie for the most nominations this year with 15 each.
Voting for the two fan-voted categories - Billboard Chart Achievement Award and Top Social Artist - will open in the coming weeks and additional details will be available soon.
"Billboard Music Awards" nominees 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 Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The finalists and award winners are determined using data reflecting a 12-month tracking period. The awards are based on the reporting period of April 8, 2017 through March 31, 2018. Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of artists, songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of success in music.
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