If you’ve been loving every second of Kelly Clarkson’s refreshingly real (and hilarious) time as a guest judge on The Voice, then you’ll be delighted to know you can see even more of her on your TV screens when she hosts the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. On Wednesday, April 18, Billboard magazine made the announcement about Clarkson’s new hosting gig, and we’re already so excited just thinking about it.
When you think about it, Clarkson hosting the Billboard Music Awards makes for a perfect fit. She has already proven her TV appeal with her so-far successful first year as a judge on NBC’s reality singing competition alongside veterans Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Alicia Keys. And as far as the Billboard music charts are concerned, it’s safe to say she knows a thing or two or 37, as in she’s racked up 27 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. This includes a slew of top 10s and a few No. 1 hits. Not to mention, Clarkson received the Powerhouse prize at the Billboard Women in Music Awards in November 2017, which means that her positive relationship to all things Billboard is basically set in stone; of course she was chosen for this honor.
Clarkson hinted at what to expect in her statement about the hosting gig. She joked, “To prepare for hosting the Billboard Music Awards, I already have 20 costume changes planned. I will be flying in like my girl Pink, and calling Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman for jokes. Well, or I’m just gonna show up and celebrate my favorite artists and get to know a few more. Yeah, maybe I’ll go with that plan.”
Paul Telegdy, president of NBC Entertainment’s Alternative and Reality Group, also touched on Clarkson’s unique qualifications, pointing out, “[She] has long been a Billboard chart phenomenon and has a firsthand understanding of what matters most in music today. Her enthusiasm for all genres of music and her innate sense of humor will make for a truly memorable night.” Can we get an amen?
There’s no doubt Clarkson will bring her fun charisma to the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. You know what? On second thought, can we just have Clarkson host all the shows? ‘Cause that would be super.