Winners selected by the music industry and the American Music Awards winners are chosen by the fans, the Billboard Music Award winners are based on airplay, streaming, and sales.

The Recording Academy may have given The Weeknd the big snub, but he leads the pack when it comes to the nominees for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards with 16.  Rapper Juice WRLD and Pop Smoke have passed on in the past year but their music lives on and have earned some nominations.  The biggest Billboard Music Award winner ever – Drake – will also have an opportunity to add to his collection with a couple more nominations.

The world of Country Music may have turned their back on new comer Morgan Wallen for using a racial slur but Billboard hasn’t and has earned himself six nominations.  However, he will not be among the presenters or performers.

Along with Wallen, DaBaby, Pop Smoke, Juice WRLD, “American Idol” alum Gabby Barrett,  Bad Bunny, Chris Brown, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, BTS, and Justin Bieber have all garnered multiple nominations.

Billboard Music Award winner and “The Voice” coach Nick Jonas will be hosting the gala event on May 23.  Jonas is taking over for fellow “The Voice” coach Kelly Clarkson who has hosted the ceremonies for the past three years.

The Billboard Music Awards will honour P!nk with their Icon Award during the ceremonies.  At 41, she will be the youngest artist to receive the award.  She will join previous winners Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Garth Brooks.


The nominees for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards are:
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 or 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:
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 or 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 or 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:
“Legends Never Die” by Juice WRLD
“My Turn” by Lil Baby
“Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon” by Pop Smoke
“folklore” by Taylor Swift
“After Hours” by The Weeknd

Top R&B Album:
“Chilombo” by Jhene Aiko
“Slime & B” by Chris Brown and Young Thug
“Hot Pink” by Doja Cat
“It Was Good Until it Wasn’t” by Kehlani
“After Hours” by The Weeknd

Top Rap Album:
“Blame it on Baby” by DaBaby
“Legends Never Die” by Juice WRLD
“My Turn” by Lil Baby
“Eternal Atake” by Lil Uzi
“Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon” by Pop Smoke


Top Country Album:

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

Top Rock Album:
“Power UP” by AC/DC
“Plastic Hearts” by Miley Cyrus
“Dreamland” by Glass Animals
“Tickets to My Downfall” by Machine Gun Kelly
“Letter to You” by Bruce Springsteen

Top Latin Album:
“Emmanuel” by Anuel AA
“El Ultimo Tour Del Mundo” by Bad Bunny
“Las que no iban a salir” by Bad Bunny
“YHLQMDLG” by Bad Bunny
“Colores” by J Balvin

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
“Carte Blance” by DJ Snake
“Gravity” by Gryffin
“Chromatica” by Lady Gaga
“Disco” by Kylie Minogue

Top Christian Album:
Peace” by Bethel Music
“Grave Into Gardens” by Elevation Worship
“My Gift” by Carrie Underwood
“Holy Water “by We The Kingdom
“Rescue Story” by Zach Williams

Top Gospel Album:
“I AM” by Koryn Hawthorne
“Royalty: Live at the Ryman” by  Tasha Cobbs Leonard
“Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 1” by Maverick City Music
“Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 2” by Maverick City Music
“Kierra” by Kierra Sheard

Top Hot 100 Song:
“Mood” by 24kGoldn with iann dior
“I Hope” by Gabby Barrett with Charlie Puth
“Go Crazy” by Chris Brown and Young Thug
“ROCKSTAR” by DaBaby with Riddy Ricch
“Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd

Top Streaming Song:
“WAP” by Cardi B with Megan Thee Stallion
“ROCKSTAR” by DaBaby with Riddy Ricch
“Life is Good” by Future with Drake
“WHATS POPPIN” by Jack Harlow with DaBaby, Tory Lanez, and Lil Wayne
“Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd

Top Selling Song:
“I Hope” by Gabby Barrett with Charlie Puth
“Dynamite” by BTS
“WAP” by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion
“Savage” by Megan The Stallion
“Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd


Top Radio Song:
“I Hope” by Gabby Barrett with Charlie Puth
“Go Crazy” by Chris Brown and Young Thug
“Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa
“Adore You” by Harry Styles
“Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd

Top Collaboration:
“Mood” by 24kGoldn with iann dior
“I Hope” by Gabby Barrett with Charlie Puth
“Go Crazy” by Chris Brown and Young Thug
“ROCKSTAR” by DaBaby with Roddy Ricch
“WHATS POPPIN” by Jack Harlow with DaBaby, Tory Lanez, and Lil Wayne

Top R&B Song:
“B.S.” by Jhene Aiko with H.E.R.
“Intentions” by Justin Bieber with Quavo
“Go Crazy” by Chris Brown and Young Thug
“Say So” by Doja Cat
“Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd

Top Rap Song:
“Mood” by 24kGoldn with iann dior
“WAP” by Cardi B with Megan Thee Stallion
“ROCKSTAR” by DaBaby with Roddy Ricch
“WHATS POPPIN” by Jack Harlow with DaBaby, Tory Lanez, and Lil Wayne
“Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion

Top Country Song:
“Got What I Got” by Jason Aldean
“I Hope” by Gabby Barrett
“One of Them Girls” by Lee Brice
“Chasin’ You” by Morgan Wallen
“More Than My Hometown” by Morgan Wallen

Top Rock Song:
“Bang!” by AJR
“Monsters” by All Time Low with blackbear
“Heat Waves”  by Glass Animals
“my ex’s best friend” by Machine Gun Kelly with blackbear
“Level of Concern” by twenty one pilots

Top Latin Song:
“Yo Perreo Sola” by Band Bunny
“Dakiti” by Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez
“RITMO (Bad Boys for Life)” by the Black Eyed Peas and J Balvin
“Hawai” by Maluma and The Weeknd
“Caramelo” by Ozuna x Karol G x Myke Towers

Top Dance/Electronic Song:
“Stupid Love” by Lady Gaga
“Rain on Me” by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande
“Roses” (Imanbek Remix) by  SAINt JHN
“ily (I love you baby)” by Surf Mesa with Emilee
“Breaking Me” by Topic and A7S

Top Christian Song:
“Graves Into Gardens” by Elevation Worship with Brandon Lake
“TOGETHER” by for KING & COUNTRY, Kirk Franklin & Tori Kellyfor KING & COUNTRY, Kirk Franklin, and Tori Kelly
“The Blessing” live by Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, and Elevation Worship
“Famous For (I Believe)” by Tauren Wells with Jenn Johnson
“There Was Jesus” by Zach Williams and Dolly Parton

Top Gospel Song:
“Speak to Me” by Koryn Hawthorne
“Movin’ On” by Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music
“Thank You for it All” by Marvin Sapp
“We Gon’ Be Alright” by Tye Tribbett
“Wash Us in the Blood” by Kanye West with Travis Scott