Everything a Country Fan Needs to Know About the Billboard Music Awards on Oct. 14

From nominations and notes to performers and presenters, here’s everything a country music fan needs to know about the 2020 Billboard Music Awards on Oct. 14.

  • Date: Wednesday, Oct. 14
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET/PT
  • Location: Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles
  • TV Channel: NBC
  • Online Stream: NBC.com/live
  • Host: Kelly Clarkson
  • Performers: Kelly Clarkson feat. Pentatonix and Shelia E., John Legend, Garth Brooks, Alicia Keys, Bad Bunny, Brandy feat. Ty Dolla $ign, BTS, Luke Combs, DojaCat, EnVogue, Kane Brown, Khalid, Swae Lee, DemiLovato, Sia, Post Malone, SAINt JHN
  • Presenters: tWich, Taraji P. Henson, Spencer X, Nicole Richie, Lilly Singh, Julia Michaels, Jharrel Jerome, Jay Ellis, Jane Lynch, Garcelle Beauvais, Addison Rae
  • Billboard Icon Award: Garth Brooks
  • Billboard Change Maker Award: Killer Mike
  • Notes: This year’s awards are based on the chart period of March 23, 2019, through March 14, 2020 (set for the originally scheduled April 29, 2020 show, which was postponed due to the pandemic). The original eligibility period will remain intact to recognize and honor the chart-topping artists and musical successes achieved and to maintain consistent tracking periods for future shows.

Check out all of the country-centric nominations below, as well as many of the all-genre nominations.

Top Country Artist
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Dan + Shay
Maren Morris
Thomas Rhett

Top Country Male Artist
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett

Top Country Female Artist
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Top Country Duo/Group
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion

Top Country Tour
Eric Church
Florida Georgia Line
George Strait

Top Country Album
Experiment, Kane Brown
What You See Is What You Get, Luke Combs
GIRL, Maren Morris
Center Point Road, Thomas Rhett
If I Know Me, Morgan Wallen

Top Country Song
Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber “10,000 Hours”
Maren Morris “The Bones”
Old Dominion “One Man Band”
Blake Shelton “God’s Country”
Morgan Wallen “Whiskey Glasses”

Top Artist (all genre)
Billie Eilish
Jonas Brothers
Khalid
Post Malone
Taylor Swift

Top Billboard 200 Album (all genre)
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go, Billie Eilish
Lover, Taylor Swift
Free Spirit, Khalid
Hollywood’s Bleeding, Post Malone
Thank U, Next, Ariana Grande

Top Hot 100 Song (all genre)
“Someone You Loved,” Lewis Capaldi
“bad guy,” Billie Eilish
“Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
“Truth Hurts,” Lizzo
“Señorita,” Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

Top Streaming Song (all genre)
Chris Brown ft. Drake “No Guidance”
Billie Eilish “bad guy”
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
Lil Tecca “Ran$om”
Post Malone & Swae Lee “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”

Top Selling Song (all genre)
Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved”
Billie Eilish “bad guy”
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
Lizzo “Truth Hurts”
Blake Shelton “God’s Country”

Top Male Artist (all genre)
DaBaby
Khalid
Lil Nas X
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran

Top Female Artist (all genre)
Billie Eilish
Ariana Grande
Halsey
Lizzo
Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group (all genre)
BTS
Dan + Shay
Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5
Panic! At The Disco

Top New Artist (all genre)
DaBaby
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Roddy Ricch

Billboard Chart Achievement Award (all genre)
Mariah Carey
Luke Combs
Lil Nas X
Harry Styles
Taylor Swift

Top Billboard 200 Artist (all genre)
Drake
Billie Eilish
Khalid
Post Malone
Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist (all genre)
DaBaby
Billie Eilish
Khalid
Lil Nas X
Post Malone

Top Streaming Songs Artist (all genre)
DaBaby
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Post Malone
Travis Scott

Top Song Sales Artist (all genre)
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Post Malone
Taylor Swift

Top Collaboration (Fan Voted)
Chris Brown ft. Drake “No Guidance”
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Señorita”
Post Malone & Swae Lee “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”
Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber “I Don’t Care”

Top Rap Song
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
Lil Tecca “Ran$om”
Lizzo “Truth Hurts”
Post Malone & Swae Lee “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”
Post Malone “Wow.”

photo by TCD

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