The 2022 Billboard Music Awards are less than a month away, and on Tuesday (April 19), NBC revealed the first set of artists fans can expect to see at the May 15 awards show.
Megan Thee Stallion, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Latto, Burna Boy and Rauw Alejandro are all set to take the stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas next month.
As Meg and Latto make their show debut — where they’re finalists for top female rap artist, alongside Cardi B — the Chili Peppers return to perform at the Billboard Music Awards for the first time in 23 years. The rock band’s latest album Unlimited love debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last week.
Also performing for the very first time at the Billboard Music Awards are Nigerian rap superstar Burna Boy, as well as Puerto Rican singer Alejandro, who is a finalist in four categories this year, including Best Latin Artist.
As announced last week, Mary J. Blige will receive this year’s Icon Award during the telecast, following a long line of superstars to receive the trophy, including P!nk, Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Cher, Celine Dion and Suite. the Hello beauty the singer will also grace the stage with a special performance that will span her career.
More major reveals about the 2022 Billboard Music Awards — including who is hosting and who should receive this year’s Change Maker award — are expected in the coming weeks.
Billboard Music Awards finalists and winners based on top fan interactions with music, including digital album and song sales, streaming, radio airplay, and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Luminate (formerly MRC Data).
The 2022 Billboard Music Awards will air Sunday, May 15 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT live on NBC.