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

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

    The two have had a major year with highly acclaimed sets at Coachella last month.

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

    Travis Scott and Morgan Wallen, who many people have “canceled” over the past year, will also make their mainstream comebacks.

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

    Meanwhile, Sean “Diddy” Combs, the show’s host, “demanded” to see Scott perform 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’re moving on with love and respect for everybody that was hurt or affected. It’s time to forgive.”

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

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

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

    When and where are the awards?

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

    How can I watch them?

    The ceremony will air live on NBC. Stream it via Peacock on services such as YouTube TV or Hulu Live TV.

    Who is hosting?

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

    Sean "Diddy" Combs on 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 chosen?

    This one works a little differently, in that there aren’t exactly nominations from some contentious academy, but rather musicians’ commercial success.

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

    Finalists and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Luminate (formerly MRC Data).

    Are there any 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 of the new global categories as an artist and for his song “Bad Habits.”

    Who is presenting?

    Presenters 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 bring the action. Miranda Lambert and Elle King will team up for a live rendition of “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).”

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



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