How to watch the Billboard Music Awards

Note: This article will be updated once COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted and schedules come out.

Every year, the Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) honor the most popular artists in the music industry based on their performance on the Billboard Charts. The show is unique in that artists are not voted on subjectively. Instead, the awards are handed out to the music mavens who’ve topped the charts throughout the year. It’s consistently ranked as the second-largest pop music show annually, proving to be a can’t miss night of fashion, star-studded run-ins, and, of course, the best in music. The event has typically aired live on ABC, FOX, or NBC. 

When are the 2020 Billboard Music Awards?

 The 2020 Billboard Music Awards were set to take place on Wednesday, April 29th at 8 p.m. ET at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 precautions, the show has been postponed. A new date has not yet been announced. 

Live TV streaming services for the Billboard Music Awards

 NBC, known for hosting high-profile awards shows like the Golden Globes, recently added the coveted Billboard Music Awards to its roster. Watching live on NBC or on’s LIVE feature requires a traditional cable subscription, but that’s not your only option. There are plenty of ways to live stream the biggest pop concert of the year through services like AT&T TV Now, fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV. While every option includes NBC, the features and benefits of each service vary. Below are services through which you can watch the Billboard Music Awards live stream:

AT&T TV Now — AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) has a PLUS package that gives you access to NBC plus 44 other top channels (including HBO) for $65.00/mo. Also included is the ability to watch 3 screens simultaneously per subscription in addition to 500 hours of cloud DVR storage. You have the option to add premium networks such as Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz for an additional cost. It’s currently offering a seven-day free trial. 

fuboTV — fuboTV offers you access to 105 top live networks — including NBC — plus an impressive selection of sports channels and programs for $54.99/mo. This is a smart choice for those who regularly watch MLB, NBA, and NFL games, but also want to tune into NASCAR races, NHL games, college sports, and more. You’ll receive 30 hours of cloud DVR storage as well as the ability to watch on 2 screens simultaneously. The service offers a free seven-day trial.

Hulu + Live TV — The Hulu + Live TV package gives you access to NBC along with 65+ other popular channels for $54.99/mo. You’ll also have unlimited access to Hulu’s original programming, including shows like The Handmaid’s Tale. The subscription allows you to watch on 2 screens simultaneously and record live TV with 50 hours of DVR storage. You can add premium networks such as Cinemax, HBO, Showtime, and Starz for an additional cost. It’s available on most streaming devices and lets you take advantage of a seven-day free trial before committing.

Sling TV — Sling TV’s Blue plan allows you to stream NBC live in addition to 46 other top networks for $30.00/mo. NBC is also available through the service’s comprehensive Orange + Blue plan ($45.00/mo.) With both plans, you’ll receive 10 hours of cloud DVR storage, which can be upgraded to 50 for an additional $5.00/mo. Sling Blue gives you the ability to watch on 3 screens simultaneously. While Sling Orange + Blue comes with four simultaneous streams. All Sling TV plans allow you to add premium networks such as Epix, Showtime, and Starz for an additional cost. Sling TV currently offers a $10.00 discount on your first month of service. 

YouTube TV — YouTube TV allows you to stream 70+ live channels, including NBC, for $49.99/mo. You can watch on three screens simultaneously, and one subscription can be shared with up to six accounts. It’s available on most streaming devices and is the only service to offer unlimited DVR storage for a nine-month period. You have the option to add premium networks such as Showtime and Starz for an additional monthly fee. YouTube is currently offering a 14-day free trial.

How to watch the Billboard Music Awards with an antenna

If you don’t want to sign up for a free trial, don’t rule out the 2020 Billboard Music Awards yet. Have you looked into an over-the-air (OTA) antenna? The best part about this option is that it’s truly free. First, head to AntennaWeb and enter your zip code to see which stations are available in your area. Next, you’ll need to purchase an antenna – quick tip: city folks: opt for an indoor option, rural folks: go for an outdoor option. Once it arrives, simply follow the instructions included to set it up, plug it directly into your TV, and scan for channels. Try purchasing a product like Tablo DVR or HDHomeRun to stream OTA content to your smartphone, tablet, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, or Roku.

The final cut

You have more options than ever to stream the Billboard Music Awards when things finally get underway. Whether you choose to go with AT&T TV Now, fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, or YouTube TV, you’re guaranteed a front-row seat at the show and an incredible night in. All of the services offer new subscribers either a discount or a free trial. 

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