Why Ed Sheeran won’t be at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards in person

So many of our favorite stars will take the stage at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards. That includes Ed Sheeran, who is one of this year’s most nominated artists at BBMAs. Be careful though. He won’t be there in person, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be performing live anymore. Confused? Let me explain.

On May 9, NBC said in a press release that Sheeran would not be in Las Vegas where the BBMAs would be held on Sunday, May 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Sheeran will actually be in Belfast, Northern Ireland. he is on his + – = ÷ x stadium tour (pronounce Mathematics Tour), which started on April 23 in Dublin. Although Sheeran won’t appear in person at the BBMAs, NBC promised his virtual performance would be “electrifying.”

Sheeran should have a great night at the BBMAs. He is up for nine awards, including Best Male Artist. This follows his fifth studio album, =which dropped in October 2021. The record included Sheeran’s hit single “Bad Habits”, which also received several BBMA nominations including Top Selling Song and Top Radio Song.

The 2022 BBMAs, which will be hosted by Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, will also feature performances from Megan Thee Stallion, Travis Scott, Silk Sonic, Florence + The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Latto, Becky G, Elle King and Miranda Lambert. , Burna Boy, Maxwell, Morgan Wallen and Rauw Alejandro.

According to BillboardScott’s BBMA appearance is her first award show performance since the Astroworld Festival in November. A wave of crowds during his set at the festival would have killed 10 people.

In an Instagram video on May 9, Diddy revealed that he lobbied for Scott to be added to the BBMA lineup. “For the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday, I made a request, I made a request. I said, ‘My brother Travis Scott has to play,'” Diddy said.

Catch the BBMAs live this Sunday, May 15 at 8 p.m. ET.