How to watch the Billboard Music Awards

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From TV shows to events, its Top 100 and Top 200 charts and even its own magazine, Billboard has cemented itself as the nucleus of American pop music. And this spring, all your favorite pop artists will be under one roof for one of music’s biggest nights: the Billboard Music Awards. 

Past ceremonies have featured dazzling performances and memorable moments from the likes of Taylor Swift, Justin Beiber, Madonna, Mariah Carey, BTS, Beyonce, *N Sync, Metallica and more. 

Instead of being nominated and judged by a small committee, honorees are chosen by how well they’ve performed on the past year’s Billboard Charts. 

NBC typically airs the event.

When are the 2020 Billboard Music Awards scheduled to air?

For this year’s event, Kelly Clarkson will be returning for the third year in a row as the host, and you can expect performances and unexpected collaborations from the event’s to-be-announced guests.

It’s important to note that while the original event was scheduled to air April 29 at 8 pm ET, the 2020 event has been delayed due to COVID-19 precautions. A new date has not yet been set by NBC, but it’s expected to air later this spring or summer. You can check NBC or Billboard for updates about when the 2020 event will officially air. 

Live TV streaming services for the Billboard Music Awards

Wondering how to watch the Billboard Music Awards online? Even though the event has been rescheduled, we’ve still got you covered. If you’re a pop music junkie looking to tune into this can’t-miss event, there are a number of streaming services that’ll give you access to the broadcast for a fraction of the cost of a cable subscription. Plus, they’ll give you the option to view the Billboard Music Awards online on your favorite computer, game console or mobile device! 

Below we’ll give you a breakdown of streaming services you can use to stream the 2020 Billboard Music Awards. 


For $55/mo., fuboTV offers over 100 channels and also ranks among the best streaming services in terms of availability of local channels and networks, including CBS, FOX and NBC. Plus, fuboTV offers cloud storage with 30 free hours of DVR (with the option for an upgrade to 500 hours for $9.99/mo) and a library of on-demand content. The service is accessible on a variety of devices, including Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, mobile devices and computers. Visit our fuboTV review to read more.

Hulu + Live TV

One of the most popular streaming services, Hulu + Live TV offers over 60 channels — including many local networks, like NBC — plus a massive library of TV shows and movies. Hulu + Live TV’s ad-free plan will run you $60.99/mo., while the plan that includes ads costs $54.99/mo. In addition to a free seven-day trial, Hulu + Live TV offers 50 hours of DVR space and is compatible with tons of devices, including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, iOS devices, Android devices and web browsers. Visit our Hulu Live review to read more.

YouTube TV

A powerful up-and-comer in the streaming service world, YouTube TV allows you to stream over 70 channels, including live programming from NBC in most regions. Perks include a seven-day free trial, unlimited DVR space for nine months, and up to six accounts on one subscription. You can stream YouTube TV on tons of devices, including Xbox, PS4, Roku, Apple TV, LG TV and mobile devices. Additionally, every so often, the service has been known to offer extended free 14-day trials when you sign up, so make sure to poke around and see if any exclusive promotions are being offered right now. Visit our YouTube TV review to read more.


Starting at $65/mo. for the PLUS package and moving up to $135/mo. for the ULTIMATE package, AT&T TV now offers 7 subscription options with a variety of channels that give you the ability to stream live primetime favorites like the Billboard Music Awards. Fret not, catching your favorite show doesn’t mean paying cable-adjacent prices in this case — you can enjoy the ceremony with a free trial of the PLUS package. Perks for the entry-level PLUS package include access to 45 channels and HBO. You can add other premium channels such as Cinemax, Showtime and Starz to your plan as well. Plus, you’ll get a 7-day free trial, 500 hours of cloud DVR storage and up to 3 simultaneous streams with select packages. Visit our AT&T TV NOW review to read more.

Sling TV

SlingTV offers 3 packages: Sling Orange ($30/mo.), Sling Blue ($30/mo.) and Sling Orange + Blue ($45/mo.) Sling Blue offers NBC in select markets. Along with NBC, you’ll get access to other local channels like FOX. For $30/mo., it’s not a bad deal, especially considering that you get over 50,000 on-demand movies and shows, 50 free hours of cloud DVR, 40+ live channels and you can stream to 3 devices simultaneously. Sling Orange + Blue offers more than 50 channels, including everything you’d find on Sling Blue. What’s more, you’ll get $10 off your first month’s subscription. Just make sure to double-check that you’re in the list of markets available to stream NBC. Visit our Sling TV review to read more.

The takeaway

There are more than a few easy ways to watch the Billboard Music Awards without shelling out precious cash for an overpriced cable subscription. 

Whether you’re a pop music junkie or you’d simply like to enjoy some good, old-fashioned entertainment without paying for a concert ticket, the Billboard Music Awards is a great way to keep your finger on the pulse of music’s hottest artists while watching jaw-dropping performances. And thanks to the services above, you can do it all from your favorite TV, computer, game console or smartphone. 

Suzanna Colberg

Suzanna Colberg specializes in both print articles and search engine optimized web content. Her stories have been published in Massage Magazine, Grand Rapids Magazine, AAA Magazine, and SwitchedOn Leadership magazine. As a senior copywriter and content strategist in Chicago, Suzanna has worked with clients that run the gamut from healthcare to agriculture to hearing aids, human resources software, finance and more.