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Kelly Clarkson set to host 2018 Billboard Music Awards


Wed, Apr 18th 2018 12:25 pm
Kelly Clarkson (NBC photo)
Kelly Clarkson (NBC photo)
'Voice' coach, chart-topping singer & Billboard Music Award nominee takes center stage as live, 3-hour coast-to-coast telecast comes to NBC Sunday, May 20
Multi-Platinum music superstar, Billboard chart topper and current "Voice" coach Kelly Clarkson will host NBC's three-hour live telecast of the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, set for Sunday, May 20 (8 p.m. ET), from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
This will mark the first year the Billboard Music Awards will air on NBC. The show will feature this year's hottest musical acts, biggest performances, unexpected collaborations and buzzworthy pop culture moments.
Paul Telegdy, president, alternative and reality group, NBC Entertainment, made the announcement.
"Kelly Clarkson has long been a Billboard chart phenomenon and has a first-hand understanding of what matters most in music today," he said. "Her enthusiasm for all genres of music and her innate sense of humor will make for a truly memorable night."
"To prepare for hosting the Billboard Music Awards, I already have 20 costume changes planned," Clarkson said. "I will be flying in like my girl P!nk, and calling Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman for jokes. Well, or I'm just gonna show up and celebrate my favorite artists and get to know a few more. Yeah, maybe I'll go with that plan."
Clarkson has sold more than 25 million albums and 36 million singles worldwide. She has placed 10 singles in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and is the recipient of three Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards and a CMA Award.
The acclaimed singer/songwriter released her new album, "Meaning of Life," the first for Atlantic Records, on Oct. 27.
Clarkson currently serves as a coach on the four-time Emmy Award-winning competition series "The Voice." On next Monday's, telecast (8-10 p.m.), "The Voice" will debut special themed weeks, starting with "Story of the Song," during which artists will reveal the story of what their song means to them: special memories, significant life moments and covering artists who have inspired them.

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