COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs will host and executive produce the “2022 Billboard Music Awards” according to a joint announcement from NBC and entertainment company MRC.
A statement noted that this year’s show “marks exactly 25 years since Combs won his first Billboard Music Award in 1997 for his multi-platinum album No Way Out.”
The veteran artist promises “several surprises” for the live broadcast which will take place in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“It’s going to be unlike any awards show – I’m bringing the love and setting the frequency at an all-time high,” Combs said. “The Billboard Music Awards truly represent the artists and where music is today, so I’m thrilled to put on the biggest live performances and surprises. The world needs to tune in to see.
The network also hinted at what viewers can expect, including “spectacular performances, unexpected collaborations, and can’t-miss pop culture moments that keep fans talking all year long.”
Previously, NBC announced five of the artists who will take the stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to entertain viewers: Burna Boy, Latto, Megan Thee Stallion, Rauw Alejandro and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Singer, songwriter and rapper Mary J. Blige, who is honored as the recipient of this year’s Billboard Icon Award, will also perform on the show. Blige’s performance is highly anticipated after her stunning appearance on the ‘Super Bowl Halftime Show’.
There’s even more information to come about the BBMA show, including additional performers and presenters.
Last year, the program was hosted by singer Nick Jonas, who took over from “The Voice” coach Kelly Clarkson who hosted for the previous three years.
Outside of her award show role, Combs is currently working on her seventh studio album.
Watch the “2022 Billboard Music Awards” Sunday, May 15 at 8 p.m. on NBC.
THE FINALISTS OF THE “BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS 2022”:
Best New Artist
Best Male Artist
Li Nas X
Best Female Artist
Sonic Silk (Bruno Mars, Anderson, Paak)
Billboard 200 Top Artist
Top Hot 100 Artist
Top Streaming Songs Artist
Lil Nas X