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.
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.