Shaun's Music Minute

The Billboard Music Awards Are Sunday              

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards are set for Sunday and it’s bound to be an exciting night for music fans.

Performers for this year’s telecast include Kelly Clarkson, who’ll also host the show, Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato,  BTS, Camila Cabello, Ariana Grande, Kesha and Macklemore, John Legend, Dua Lipa, Jennifer Lopez, Shawn Mendes and Khalid,  Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue, Ed Sheeran (from Dublin), Maren Morris, Zedd and Grey, and this year's Icon Award recipient, Janet Jackson. 

Presenters this year include Hailey Baldwin, Tyra Banks, Alison Brie, The Chainsmokers, Ciara, Andy Cohen, Simon Cowell, Darren Criss, Halsey, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Justin Hartley & Chrissy Metz, Nick Jonas & Mustard, Chloe Kim, Mila Kunis, Padma Lakshmi, Des Linden, Julia Michaels, French Montana, Ne-Yo, Derek Hough & Jenna Dewan, Evan Ross & Ashlee Simpson, Grace VanderWaal and Rebel WilsonEd Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar lead the pack of this year’s nominees 15 each. Other multiple nominees include Post Malone with 12, Imagine Dragons with 10, Drake with nine and Justin Bieber and Cardi B, both with eight. Ed, Bruno and Kendrick will all compete for the night’s big award, Top Artist, where they’ll also be up against Taylor Swift and Drake.

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards will air at 8 pm on NBC live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Shawn Mendes Drops More New Music              

Shawn Mendes fans just got yet another new song. The singer dropped the new track "Where Were You In The Morning" at midnight. 

The song is the fourth he’s released from his upcoming self-titled record, which drops May 25th. Previous songs include “In My Blood,” “Lost in Japan,” and “Youth,” with Khalid, which they'll perform on the Billboard Music Awards Sunday.

Madonna Teases New Music              

It looks like we may be getting some new music from Madonna soon. The singer teased a new track on social media with artwork for the single “Beautiful Game.”

“That I never Learned.............Coming Soon!,” she tweeted alongside the picture along with hashtag for producer Mirwais, who previously worked with Madonna on “Music” and “American Life.” 

As for when we’ll get this new song, that remains to be seen. Madonna didn’t share a release date in her post. 

Kelly Clarkson Terrified And Excited To Host The Billboard Music Awards              

Kelly Clarkson is set to host the Billboard Music Awards Sunday and she admits she’s “ terrified-slash-excited.” She tells the magazine, “I literally went from saying no to even presenting awards, to this. I keep telling people it’ll at least be funny to laugh at.”

Kelly says her mother-in-law Reba McEntire, who recently hosted the ACM Awards, did give her some advice. “She was just like, 'Oh, Lord, just be you.' We’re so different, though. She’s such a professional. I never stick to a script; I ramble,” she says. “I don’t think of myself as funny, but I’m not afraid to make a subtle joke here or there.”

And while Kelly loves her wine, she won’t be indulging in any vino before the show. She jokes, “I will have it afterward, because my teeth are so porous and I only like red wine, so I don’t want to look like a vampire who just fed on someone.” 

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