2021 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS

Billboard Music Awards 2021: full list of nominations

The Billboard Music Awards decide finalists on how their music has performed over the year with The Weeknd nominated for 16 categories including top artist.

Billboard Music Awards 2021: full list of nominations

Nick Jonas will host this year’s Billboard Music Awards which he loves because “it’s really artist centric, and it feels like a great celebration of the past year in music.”

Whereas other awards shows hand out awards based on the votes from members like the Grammy awards which snubbed The Weeknd, who ended up boycotting them, the Billboard Music Awards rely on streaming volume, radio airplay, touring stats and engagement on social media, along with album and digital sales, to choose who will take home a trophy.

Who are the nominees?

The Weeknd is the most-nominated artist at this year's Billboard Music Awards with 16 nominations, including top artist, top male artist and top Hot 100 artist and Top Billboard 200 Album. DaBaby follows with 11 nominations in nine categories. The late rapper Pop Smoke comes in third as finalist in 10 categories, including top artist. Joining him in posthumous recognition is fellow rapper Juice WRLD with seven nominations.

Taylor Swift has a chance to tie Drake's record for most BBMA wins if she wins all four categories she’s a finalist in. The most nominated female artist for the night is Gabby Barrett with 9 finalist spots including top new artist.

Megan Thee Stallion, Bad Bunny and Chris Brown received seven nods each.

Absent from the ceremony despite his six finalist nods in five categories, the country star Morgan Wallen will not be included at the show in any capacity after he was caught on video saying the N-Word.

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic and it wreaking havoc on live performances no award will be handed out for any touring categories.

Who will receive honoree awards?

Pink will join other female greats like Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, and Jennifer Lopez, just to name a few, receiving the 2021 Billboard Icon Award. Joining a more limited company Drake will become the third artist to take home the Artist of the Decade Award for his chart topping throughout the 2010s. The second annual Change Maker Award will be given to Trae Tha Truth for his activism and philanthropy.

You can take in all the music and performances 23 May at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT broadcast live on NBC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Full list of Billboard Music Awards finalists

Top Artist

  • Drake
  • Juice WRLD
  • Pop Smoke
  • Taylor Swift
  • The Weeknd

Top New Artist

  • Gabby Barrett
  • Doja Cat
  • Jack Harlow
  • Pop Smoke
  • Rod Wave

Top Male Artist

  • Drake
  • Juice WRLD
  • Lil Baby
  • Pop Smoke
  • The Weeknd

Top Female Artist

  • Billie Eilish
  • Ariana Grande
  • Dua Lipa
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group

  • AC/DC
  • AJR
  • BTS
  • Dan + Shay
  • Maroon 5

Top Billboard 200 Artist

  • Drake
  • Juice WRLD
  • Pop Smoke
  • Post Malone
  • Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist

  • DaBaby
  • Drake
  • Dua Lipa
  • Pop Smoke
  • The Weeknd

Top Streaming Songs Artist

  • DaBaby
  • Drake
  • Lil Baby
  • Pop Smoke
  • The Weeknd

Top Song Sales Artist

  • Justin Bieber
  • BTS
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Morgan Wallen
  • The Weeknd

Top Radio Songs Artist

  • Justin Bieber
  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Dua Lipa
  • Harry Styles
  • The Weeknd

Top Social Artist (Fan Voted)

  • BLACKPINK
  • BTS
  • Ariana Grande
  • SB19
  • Seventeen

Top R&B Artist

  • Jhené Aiko
  • Justin Bieber
  • Chris Brown
  • Doja Cat
  • The Weeknd

Top R&B Male Artist

  • Justin Bieber
  • Chris Brown
  • The Weeknd
  • Top R&B Female Artist
  • Jhené Aiko
  • Doja Cat
  • SZA

Top Rap Artist

  • DaBaby
  • Drake
  • Juice WRLD
  • Lil Baby
  • Pop Smoke

Top Rap Male Artist

  • Juice WRLD
  • Lil Baby
  • Pop Smoke
  • Top Rap Female Artist
  • Cardi B
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Saweetie

Top Country Artist

  • Gabby Barrett
  • Kane Brown
  • Luke Combs
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Morgan Wallen

Top Country Male Artist

  • Luke Combs
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Morgan Wallen
  • Top Country Female Artist
  • Gabby Barrett
  • Maren Morris
  • Carrie Underwood

Top Country Duo/Group

  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae

Top Rock Artist

  • AC/DC
  • AJR
  • Five Finger Death Punch
  • Machine Gun Kelly
  • twenty one pilots

Top Latin Artist

  • Anuel AA
  • Bad Bunny
  • J Balvin
  • Maluma
  • Ozuna

Top Latin Male Artist

  • Bad Bunny
  • J Balvin
  • Ozuna

Top Latin Female Artist

  • Becky G
  • Karol G
  • Rosalía

Top Latin Duo/Group

  • Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
  • Eslabón Armado
  • Los Dos Carnales

Top Dance/Electronic Artist

  • The Chainsmokers
  • Kygo
  • Lady Gaga
  • Marshmello
  • Surf Mesa

Top Christian Artist

  • Casting Crowns
  • Elevation Worship
  • for KING & COUNTRY
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Zach Williams

Top Gospel Artist

  • Kirk Franklin
  • Koryn Hawthorne
  • Tasha Cobbs Leonard
  • Maverick City Music
  • Kanye West

Top Billboard 200 Album

  • Juice WRLD, Legends Never Die
  • Lil Baby, My Turn
  • Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
  • Taylor Swift, folklore
  • The Weeknd, After Hours

Top R&B Album

  • Jhené Aiko, Chilombo
  • Chris Brown & Young Thug, Slime & B
  • Doja Cat, Hot Pink
  • Kehlani, It Was Good Until It Wasn’t
  • The Weeknd, After Hours

Top Rap Album

  • DaBaby, Blame It On Baby
  • Juice WRLD, Legends Never Die
  • Lil Baby, My Turn
  • Lil Uzi Vert, Eternal Atake
  • Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon

Top Country Album

  • Gabby Barrett, Goldmine
  • Sam Hunt, Southside
  • Chris Stapleton, Starting Over
  • Carrie Underwood, My Gift
  • Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: The Double Album

Top Rock Album

  • AC/DC, Power Up
  • Miley Cyrus, Plastic Hearts
  • Glass Animals, Dreamland
  • Machine Gun Kelly, Tickets to My Downfall
  • Bruce Springsteen, Letter to You

Top Latin Album

  • Anuel AA, Emmanuel
  • Bad Bunny, El Último Tour Del Mundo
  • Bad Bunny, Las que no iban a salir
  • Bad Bunny, YHLQMDLG
  • J Balvin, Colores

Top Dance/Electronic Album

  • DJ Snake, Carte Blanche
  • Gryffin, Gravity
  • Kygo, Golden Hour
  • Lady Gaga, Chromatica
  • Kylie Minogue, Disco

Top Christian Album

  • Bethel Music, Peace
  • Elevation Worship, Grave Into Gardens
  • Carrie Underwood, My Gift
  • We The Kingdom, Holy Water
  • Zach Williams, Rescue Story

Top Gospel Album

  • Koryn Hawthorne, I AM
  • Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Royalty: Live at the Ryman
  • Maverick City Music, Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 1
  • Maverick City Music, Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 2
  • Kierra Sheard, Kierra

Top Hot 100 Song Presented by Rockstar

  • 24kGoldn ft. iann dior, “Mood”
  • Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, “I Hope”
  • Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy”
  • DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “ROCKSTAR”
  • The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”

Top Streaming Song

  • Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP”
  • DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “ROCKSTAR”
  • Future ft. Drake, “Life Is Good”
  • Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne, “WHATS POPPIN”
  • The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”

Top Selling Song

  • Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, “I Hope”
  • BTS, “Dynamite”
  • Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP”
  • Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé, “Savage”
  • The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”

Top Radio Song

  • Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, “I Hope”
  • Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy”
  • Dua Lipa, “Don’t Start Now”
  • Harry Styles, “Adore You”
  • The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”

Top Collaboration (Fan Voted)

  • 24kGoldn ft. iann dior, “Mood”
  • Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, “I Hope”
  • Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy”
  • DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “ROCKSTAR”
  • Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne, “WHATS POPPIN”

Top R&B Song

  • Jhené Aiko ft. H.E.R., “B.S.”
  • Justin Bieber ft. Quavo, “Intentions”
  • Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy”
  • Doja Cat, “Say So”
  • The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”

Top Rap Song

  • 24kGoldn ft. iann dior, “Mood”
  • Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP”
  • DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “ROCKSTAR”
  • Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne, “WHATS POPPIN”
  • Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé, “Savage”

Top Country Song

  • Jason Aldean, “Got What I Got”
  • Gabby Barrett, “I Hope”
  • Lee Brice, “One of Them Girls”
  • Morgan Wallen, “Chasin’ You”
  • Morgan Wallen, “More Than My Hometown”

Top Rock Song

  • AJR, “Bang!”
  • All Time Low ft. blackbear, “Monsters”
  • Glass Animals, “Heat Waves”
  • Machine Gun Kelly ft. blackbear, “my ex’s best friend”
  • twenty one pilots, “Level of Concern”

Top Latin Song

  • Bad Bunny, “Yo Perreo Sola”
  • Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “Dákiti”
  • Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin, “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)”
  • Maluma & The Weeknd, “Hawái”
  • Ozuna x Karol G x Myke Towers, “Caramelo”

Top Dance/Electronic Song

  • Lady Gaga, “Stupid Love”
  • Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande, “Rain on Me”
  • SAINt JHN, “Roses (Imanbek Remix)”
  • Surf Mesa ft. Emilee, “ily (i love you baby)”
  • Topic & A7S, “Breaking Me”

Top Christian Song

  • Elevation Worship ft. Brandon Lake, “Graves Into Gardens”
  • for KING & COUNTRY, Kirk Franklin & Tori Kelly, “TOGETHER”
  • Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, & Elevation Worship, “The Blessing (Live)”
  • Tauren Wells ft. Jenn Johnson, “Famous For (I Believe)”
  • Zach Williams & Dolly Parton, “There Was Jesus”

Top Gospel Song

  • Koryn Hawthorne, “Speak To Me”
  • Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music, “Movin’ On”
  • Marvin Sapp, “Thank You For It All”
  • Tye Tribbett, “We Gon’ Be Alright”
  • Kanye West ft. Travis Scott, “Wash Us In The Blood”