Billboard Music Awards 2021: Looking for a night of spectacular performances, unexpected collaborations, buzzworthy pop culture moments? There’s no better way to celebrate the chart-topping hits of the year than with the 2021 Billboard Music Awards.
The 2021 BBMAs will air live on NBC this Sunday from Los Angeles, and this year’s event will feature some record-breaking artists, from The Weeknd (finalist in 16 categories, including Top Artist) to DaBaby (11 categories, including multi-finalist in the Top Streaming Song category for “Rockstar” and “Whats Poppin,”) and Megan Thee Stallion (including Top Female Artist and Top Rap Female Artist). The late Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD are also up for posthumous nods in several categories, along with first-timers like “I Hope” singer Gabby Barrett who became the female artist with the most nods this year.
Hosted by Nick Jonas (who tweeted about his “preemptive ‘Best Host Ever’ award”), the ceremony is gearing up for some potential record-breakers, and first-time winners DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Baby, and Dua Lipa could potentially secure their first ever Billboard Music Awards this year. BTS could also win their 5th consecutive award in the Top Social Artist category, beating out Justin Bieber’s previous record.
If you’re wondering how the votes are even counted, Billboard Music Awards nominees and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring, and social engagement racked by Billboard and its data partners, including MRC Data. Fan-voted categories, though, include Top Social Artist and Top Collaboration.
Want to watch the BBMAs online? Here’s how to join in on the celebration, whether you’re tuning in from your laptop or TV.
The ceremony will air just a little over seven months after the 2020 BBMAs, which were held this past October 14th at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The 2020 event was originally scheduled for May of last year, but was postponed due to Covid precautions. The 2021 Billboard Music Awards will air Sunday, May 23 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC. The show will go live simultaneously on the East Coast and West Coast, though West Coast viewers can tune into a replay 8 p.m. PST as well.