How to watch the 2019 Billboard Music Awards online

This year’s Billboard Music Awards will take place on May 1 at 5PM PST (8PM EST / 12AM GMT). Hosted at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, this three hour-long event promises performances from some of the world’s most popular artists including Khalid, Sam Smith, and Panic! at the Disco. This is one event you won’t want to miss, and below, we’ll explain how to live stream the 2019 Billboard Music Awards online from the UK, Canada or anywhere overseas (outside of America).

You should note that we’ll only be recommending official sources. While there are almost always unlicensed streams of high-profile events like this, we advise against using them. To begin with, the video is often low-resolution, choppy, or on a delay. Additionally, unauthorized streams can be taken down without warning by the copyright holder, meaning you might not even see the end of the ceremony. We’ll explain how to watch this year’s Billboard Awards for free anyway, so there’s no need to use unreliable third-party streams.

You’ll need a VPN to watch the Billboard Music Awards for free from outside of the US.

How to stream the Billboard Music Awards abroad with a VPN

With the right VPN, it’s easy to bypass region-locking and use previously inaccessible services abroad. Just follow the steps below to watch the Billboard Music Awards outside the US from anywhere:

  1. First, sign up for a suitable VPN. We recommend ExpressVPN but if you’re looking for a low-cost alternative, NordVPN and CyberGhost are both strong choices.
  2. Next, download and install the VPN software. There will be a few different apps so make sure to get the appropriate version for your device.
  3. Decide which of the official sources below you’d like to use.
  4. Connect to a VPN server in the source region. For example, connect one of your VPN’s American servers for NBC.
  5. Try loading a video on your chosen platform. It should begin almost immediately but if it doesn’t, clear your browser’s cache and cookies, then reload the page.

The 2019 Billboard Music Awards will be broadcast live, meaning any unforeseen issues could lead to you missing the beginning. For this reason, we recommend testing your VPN with the steps above well before this event is due to air. This leaves you plenty of time to get help from your VPN’s customer support team if anything doesn’t work as expected.

How to watch the 2019 Billboard Music Awards for free on US TV

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The Billboard Music Awards will be shown on NBC, which means it’s pretty straightforward to watch online. If you already have a cable TV subscription, you can just use your provider details to stream the awards live on NBC’s website. This is completely free, and you don’t even have to create an account.

Don’t have cable? There’s no need to worry; NBC also allows you to sign in with several over-the-top streaming services. DirecTV Now, fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all carry NBC, and all offer a free trial. This means that you can sign up, stream the Billboard Music Awards live, and cancel afterwards to avoid being charged.

You should note that some of these services require your payment method to be linked to a US address. As such, while Americans in other countries can sign up as normal, it can be difficult for foreign users to register. Hulu allows you to pay via gift card, which simplifies the process somewhat.

The platforms above are only available in the US. As such, you’ll need a VPN to use them abroad.

Will the 2019 Billboard Music Awards be shown internationally?

Details regarding international broadcasts are few and far between. Usually, Canadian network CTV airs live coverage of the Billboard Music Awards, although it’s unclear whether they’ll do so again this time around. It’s also worth mentioning that you’ll need a cable TV subscription to stream CTV online.

It’s still possible to watch some of what goes on from other countries, however. Usually, Billboard streams live coverage from the red carpet on Twitter, and there’s no reason this shouldn’t happen against this year.

The real reason people watch this event is for the awards themselves, however. No other networks are broadcasting the Billboard Music Awards, so it’s effectively impossible to watch from other countries unless you have a VPN.

Billboard Music Awards: 2019 nominees

This year’s event will see Billboard hand out 56 awards recognizing the best artists from a huge array of genres. Don’t worry, though: as the broadcast will run for three hours, that’s an average of one award every three minutes or so. Below, we’ve compiled a full list of 2019 Billboard Music Awards nominees:

AwardNominees
Top ArtistAriana Grande
Cardi B
Drake
Post Malone
Travis Scott
Top New ArtistBazzi
Dua Lipa
Ella Mai
Juice Wrld
Lil Baby
Billboard Chart Achievement Award Ariana Grande
Dan + Shay
Drake
Dua Lipa
Lady Gaga + Bradley Cooper
Top Male ArtistDrake
Ed Sheeran
Post Malone
Travis Scott
XXXTentacion
Top Female ArtistAriana Grande
Cardi B
Ella Mai
Halsey
Taylor Swift
Top Duo/GroupBTS
Dan + Shay
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
Panic! at the Disco
Top Billboard 200 ArtistAriana Grande
Drake
Post Malone
Travis Scott
XXXTentacion
Top Hot 100 ArtistAriana Grande
Cardi B
Drake
Juice Wrld
Post Malone
Top Streaming Songs ArtistAriana Grande
Cardi B
Drake
Post Malone
XXXTentacion
Top Song Sales ArtistAriana Grande
Drake
Imagine Dragons
Lady Gaga
Post Malone
Top Radio Songs ArtistAriana Grande
Cardi B
Drake
Maroon 5
Post Malone
Top Social ArtistAriana Grande
BTS
EXO
GOT7
Louis Tomlinson
Top Touring ArtistBeyoncé + Jay Z
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran
Justin Timberlake
Taylor Swift
Top R&B ArtistElla Mai
H.E.R.
Khalid
The Weeknd
XXXTentacion
Top R&B Male ArtistKhalid
The Weeknd
XXXTentacion
Top R&B Female ArtistElla Mai
H.E.R.
Queen Naija
Top R&B TourBeyoncé + Jay Z
Bruno Mars
Childish Gambino
Top Rap ArtistCardi B
Drake
Juice Wrld
Post Malone
Travis Scott
Top Rap Male ArtistDrake
Post Malone
Travis Scott
Top Rap Female ArtistCardi B
City Girls
Nicki Minaj
Top Rap TourBeyoncé + Jay Z
Drake
Travis Scott
Top Country ArtistDan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Jason Aldean
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Top Country Male ArtistJason Aldean
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Top Country Female ArtistCarrie Underwood
Kacey Musgraves
Maren Morris
Top Country Duo/GroupDan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion
Top Country TourKenny Chesney
Luke Bryan
Shania Twain
Top Rock ArtistImagine Dragons
Lovelytheband
Panic! at the Disco
Queen
Twenty One Pilots
Top Rock TourElton John
The Rolling Stones
U2
Top Latin ArtistAnuel AA
Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Ozuna
Romeo Santos
Top Dance/Electronic ArtistCalvin Harris
Kygo
Marshmello
Odesza
The Chainsmokers
Top Christian ArtistCory Asbury
For King & Country
Hillsong Worship
Lauren Daigle
MercyMe
Top Gospel ArtistKirk Franklin
Koryn Hawthorne
Marvin Sapp
Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Tori Kelly
Top Billboard 200 AlbumCardi B - “Invasion of Privacy”
Drake - “Scorpion”
Post Malone - “beerbongs + bentleys”
Travis Scott - “ASTROWORLD”
XXXTentacion - “?”
Top Soundtrack“13 Reasons Why: Season 2”
“A Star is Born” by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
“The Greatest Showman”
Top R&B AlbumElla Mai - “Ella Mai”
H.E.R. - “H.E.R.”
Khalid - “American Teen”
The Weeknd - “My Dear Melancholy,”
XXXTentacion - “17”
Top Rap AlbumCardi B - “Invasion of Privacy”
Drake - “Scorpion”
Post Malone - “beerbongs + bentleys”
Travis Scott - “ASTROWORLD”
XXXTentacion - “?”
Top Country AlbumCarrie Underwood - “Cry Pretty”
Dan + Shay - “Dan + Shay”
Jason Aldean - “Rearview Town”
Kane Brown - “Kane Brown”
Luke Combs - “This One’s For You”
Top Rock AlbumDave Matthews Band - “Come Tomorrow”
Imagine Dragons - “Origins”
Mumford & Sons - “Delta”
Panic! at the Disco - “Pray For the Wicked”
Twenty One Pilots - “Trench”
Top Latin AlbumAnuel AA - “Real Hasta la Muerte”
Bad Bunny - “X 100PRE”
J Balvin - “Vibras”
Maluma - “F.A.M.E.”
Ozuna - “Aura”
Top Dance/Electronic AlbumClean Bandit - “What is Love?”
David Guetta - “7”
Kygo - “Kids in Love”
Major Lazer - “Major Lazer Essentials”
The Chainsmokers - “Sick Boy”
Top Christian AlbumCory Asbury - “Reckless Love”
For King & Country - “Burn the Ships”
Hillsong Worship - “There Is More”
Lauren Daigle - “Look Up Child”
Zach Williams - “Chain Breaker”
Top Gospel AlbumAretha Franklin - “Gospel Greats”
Jonathan McReynolds - “Make Room”
Koryn Hawthorne - “Unstoppable”
Snoop Dogg & Various Artists - “Snoop Dogg Presents Bible of Love”
Tori Kelly - “Hiding Place”
Top Hot 100 SongCardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin - “I Like It”
Juice Wrld - “Lucid Dreams”
Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B - “Girls Like You”
Post Malone - “Better Now”
Travis Scott - “SICKO MODE”
Top Streaming Song (Audio)Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin - “I Like It”
Juice Wrld - “Lucid Dreams”
Post Malone - “Better Now”
Travis Scott - “SICKO MODE”
XXXTentacion - “SAD!”
Top Streaming Song (Video)Drake - “In My Feelings”
Juice Wrld - “Lucid Dreams”
Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B - “Girls Like You”
Travis Scott - “SICKO MODE”
XXXTentacion - “SAD!”
Top Selling SongCardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin - “I Like It”
Drake - “In My Feelings”
Halsey - “Without Me”
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper - “Shallow”
Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B - “Girls Like You”
Top Radio SongBebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line - “Meant to Be”
Khalid & Normani - “Love Lies”
Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B - “Girls Like You”
Post Malone - “Better Now”
Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey - “The Middle”
Top CollaborationCardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin - “I Like It”
Khalid & Normani - “Love Lies”
Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B - “Girls Like You”
Marshmello & Bastille - “Happier”
Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign - “Psycho”
Top R&B SongDJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper & Quavo - “No Brainer”
Ella Mai - “Boo’d Up”
Ella Mai - “Trip”
Khalid - “Better”Lil Dicky ft. Chris Brown - “Freaky Friday”
Top Rap SongCardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin - “I Like It”
Drake - “In My Feelings”
Juice Wrld - “Lucid Dreams”Post Malone - “Better Now”
Travis Scott - “SICKO MODE”
Top Country SongBebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line - “Meant to Be”
Dan + Shay - “Speechless”
Dan + Shay - “Tequila”
Kane Brown - “Heaven”
Luke Combs - “She Got the Best of Me”
Top Rock SongFoster the People - “Sit Next to Me”
Imagine Dragons - “Natural”
Imagine Dragons - “Whatever It Takes”
Lovelytheband - “broken”
Panic! at the Disco - “High Hopes”
Top Latin SongBad Bunny ft. Drake - “Mia”
Casper Magico, Nio Garcia, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny & Ozuna - “Te Bote”
Daddy Yankee - “Dura”
DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B - “Taki Taki”
Nicky Jam & J Balvin - “X”
Top Dance/Electronic SongCalvin Harris & Dua Lipa - “One Kiss”
DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B - “Taki Taki”
Marshmello & Bastille - “Happier”
Tiësto & Dzeko ft. Preme & Post Malone - “Jackie Chan”
Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey - “The Middle”
Top Christian SongCory Asbury - “Reckless Love”
For King & Country - “joy.”
Hillsong Worship - “Who You Say I Am”
Lauren Daigle - “You Say”
Tauren Wells - “Known”
Top Gospel SongBrian Courtney Wilson - “A Great Work”
Jason Nelson - “Forever”
Koryn Hawthorne - “Won’t He Do It”
Todd Delaney - “Your Great Name”
Tori Kelly ft. Kirk Franklin - “Never Alone”

Which artists are expected to do well?

This year, a few major artists dominate the Billboard Music Awards. Cardi B is the front-runner, with 21 nominations across 18 different categories, with Drake and Post Malone tied for second place, with 17 each. It’d be foolish to write off Ariana Grande, though: with nine nominations and a massive international following, we’d be surprised if she didn’t take home at least a couple of awards.

Very few awards this year have a clear winner. The huge commercial success of A Star is Born means that Bohemian Rhapsody’s soundtrack might not do as well as expected, whereas, in almost any other year, its success would be all but guaranteed. Similarly, established icons like Ariana Grande have to fend off unorthodox picks like BTS, a band which rocketed to international stardom via social media. One thing’s for sure: with so many close races, this year’s Billboard Music Awards will be controversial whoever wins.