Expectations and Predictions for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards

BY GuruHub Squad
2 months ago
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We will get nothing but amazing performances from Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Dua Lipa, BTS, John Legend and from the host Kelly Clarkson. But here are the nitty-gritty details of what we really want and can expect from these phenomenal artists.

We can expect Ariana will perform a mashup of her hits, but hopefully, she adds in snippets from her new album “Sweetener” that drops July 20, 2018. For Camila’s performance we are up in the air but whatever she does it’ll be spectacular. Camila has made transformative moves through multiple genres. After her separation with pop group Fifth Harmony she has dipped her toes in the electronic scene with Major Lazer and Travis Scott in “Know Better (feat. Quavo)” and goes back to her Cuban roots in “Havana” and her collaboration with Pitbull and J Balvin in “Hey Ma.” We can only hope for a fiery performance of “I Know What You Did Last Summer” from Camila and Shawn Mendes.

Dua Lipa — girl we love you and your quick rise to fame! Obviously, we can only expect nothing short of a dazzling performance of her hits “New Rules”, “IDGAF”, and we wish for an appearance from Calvin Harris on their dance track “One Kiss.”


Not only has BTS been the first K-Pop group to perform at the BBMAs, but Billboard has announced that they will be premiering their newest single to the world on live TV. They are up for Top Social Artist and rightfully so because their A.R.M.Y is fierce!

John Legend has been a recent addition to the star-studded list of performers, we can expect him to slow down the show from back to back high energy performances and hit us in our feels with “ All of Me” or “You & I (Nobody In The World).” Then slowly bring us back up with “Love Me Now.” Of course, we can expect a performance from the host herself, Kelly Clarkson. It’s obligatory for the host that are artists to perform.

Lastly, what we really want to see at the 2018 BBMA’s is a tribute to Avicii, Tim Bergling, and even in is passing we want him to be awarded the BBMA for best dance/electronic album. Late producer acknowledged the nomination on Twitter:

Here are our GuruHub winning predictions for all BBMA categories:

  • Top Artist: Drake
  • Top New Artist: Cardi B
  • Billboard Chart Achievement Award: Cardi B
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  • Top Male Artist: Drake
  • Top Female Artist: Cardi B
  • Top Duo/Group: Migos
  • Top Billboard 200 Artist: Drake
  • Top Hot 100 Artist: Kendrick Lamar
  • Top Streaming Artist: Post Malone
  • Top Song Sales Artist: Kendrick Lamar
  • Top Radio Artist: Bruno Mars
  • Top Social Artist: BTS
  • Top Touring Artist: Ed Sheeran
  • Top R&B Artist: SZA
  • Top R&B Male Artist: Khalid
  • Top R&B Artist: Beyonce
  • Top R&B Tour: The Weekend
  • Top Rap Artist: Migos
  • Top Rap Male Artist: Kendrick Lamar
  • Top Rap Female Artist: Cardi B
  • Top Rap Tour: JAY-Z
  • Top Country Artist: Sam Hunt
  • Top Country Male Artist: Thomas Rhett
  • Top Country Female Artist: Kelsea Ballerini
  • Top Country Duo/Group Artist: Florida Georgia Line
  • Top Country Tour: Luke Bryan
  • Top Rock Artist: Portugal. The Man
  • Top Rock Tour: Coldplay
  • Top Latin Artist: J Balvin
  • Top Dance/Electronic Artist: Kygo
  • Top Christian Artist: Hillsong UNITED
  • Top Gospel Artist: Tasha Cobbs Leonard
  • Top Billboard 200 Album: Taylor Swift “reputation”
  • Top Selling Album: Kendrick Lamar “DAMN.”
  • Top Soundtrack: “Moana”
  • Top R&B Album: Khalid “American Teen”
  • Top Rap Album: Kendrick Lamar “DAMN.”
  • Top Country Album: Chris Stapleton “From A Room: Volume 1”
  • Top Rock Album: Panic! At The Disco “Death Of A Bachelor”
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  • Top Latin Album: Ozuna “Odisea”
  • Top Dance/Electronic Album: Avicii “AVĪCI (01)”**
  • Top Christian Album: Hillsong Worship “Let There Be Light”
  • Top Gospel Album: Marvin Sapp “Close”
  • Top Hot 100 Song: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito”
  • Top Streaming Song (Audio): Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito”
  • Top Streaming Song (Video): Cardi B “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
  • Top Selling Song: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito”
  • Top Radio Song: Ed Sheeran “Shape of You”
  • Top Collaboration: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito”
  • Top R&B Song: Dj Khaled ft Rihanna & Bryson Tiller “Wild Thoughts”
  • Top Rap Song: Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE.”
  • Top Country Song: Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant To Be”
  • Top Rock Song: Portugal. The Man “Feel It Still”
  • Top Latin Song: J Balvin & Willy William ft. Beyoncé “Mi Gente”
  • Top Dance/Electronic Song: The Chainsmokers & Coldplay “Something Just Like This”
  • Top Christian Song: Lecrae ft. Tori Kelly “I’ll Find You”
  • Top Gospel Song: Tamela Mann “Change Me”

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards will be hosted by Kelly Clarkson and broadcasted live at the  MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC.

Check out this year BBMA’s nominations and leave us comments who you think will win.