Kelly Clarkson Will Host the 2018 Billboard Music Awards

Clarkson hosts as the show airs for the first time on NBC

Last Updated: April 17, 2018 @ 3:15 PM

Kelly Clarkson is hosting the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 20, NBC announced Tuesday. This is the first year the award ceremony will air on NBC.

“Kelly Clarkson has long been a Billboard chart phenomenon and has a first-hand understanding of what matters most in music today,” said president of Alternative and Reality Group at NBC Entertainment Paul Telegdy 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,” the pop star added. “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 is currently a coach on NBC’s “The Voice,” and released a new album, “Meaning of Life,” last fall.

The three-hour live telecast of the 2018 Billboard Music Awards will take place Sunday, May 20, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The ceremony is produced by dick clark productions, and executive producers include Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman and Robert Deaton.