Billboard 2021: The Weeknd bags most awards; Complete list of winners

Hosted by Nick Jonas, Billboard Music Awards 2021 were broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Billboard 2021: The Weeknd bags most awards; Complete list of winners
Billboard Music Awards returned to announce winners for its 2021 edition on May 23.The Bridge Chronicle

Seven months after the last awards, Billboard Music Awards returned for its 2021 edition on May 23. Hosted by Nick Jonas, the awards were broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Aired on NBC, the show saw some notable performances including BTS' debut of their second English single, ‘Butter’ and Doja Cat and SZA’s opening act with their famous track ‘Kiss Me More,’ among others. We even witnessed a performance from Alicia Keys as she celebrated the 20th anniversary of her album ‘Songs in A Minor's debut, after a heartening tribute from Michelle Obama.

While this year, Pink was announced as the Icon, Drake as the Artist of the Decade and Trae Tha Truth as the Change Maker, it was The Weeknd who swept the awards with 10 wins (including the top artist). One of the biggest critics Grammys’, the singer took centre stage at the BBMAs. Last year, he called out the music awards when he didn’t receive any nomination for its 2021 show. This was even though he had the year’s biggest song ‘Blinding Lights’ and a multi-platinum, the multi-hit album ‘After Hours’. According to Billboard’s official website, however, with his recent wins, the singer is now in fifth place on the all-time BBMA winners list, behind Drake (29), Taylor Swift (25), Justin Bieber (21) and Garth Brooks (20).

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While in other award shows committees determine the nominees, the Billboard Awards’ finalists are announced basis ‘key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, and social engagement,’ which is tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including MRC Data. This year’s nominees for the 51 categories are based on a period of March 21, 2020, to April 3, 2021.

Check out the complete list of winners:

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Top Artist

The Weeknd (WINNER)

Drake

Juice WRLD

Pop Smoke

Taylor Swift

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Top New Artist

Pop Smoke (WINNER)

Gabby Barrett

Doja Cat

Jack Harlow

Rod Wave

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Top Male Artist

The Weeknd (WINNER)

Drake

Juice WRLD

Lil Baby

Pop Smoke

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Top Female Artist

Taylor Swift (WINNER)

Billie Eilish

Ariana Grande

Dua Lipa

Megan Thee Stallion

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Top Duo/Group

BTS (WINNER)

AC/DC

AJR

Dan + Shay

Maroon 5

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Top Billboard 200 Artist

Taylor Swift (WINNER)

Drake

Juice WRLD

Pop Smoke

Post Malone

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Top Hot 100 Artist

The Weeknd (WINNER)

DaBaby

Drake

Dua Lipa

Pop Smoke

Top Streaming Songs Artist

Drake (WINNER)

DaBaby

Lil Baby

Pop Smoke

The Weeknd

Top Song Sales Artist

BTS (WINNER)

Justin Bieber

Megan Thee Stallion

Morgan Wallen

The Weeknd

Top Radio Songs Artist

The Weeknd (WINNER)

Justin Bieber

Lewis Capaldi

Dua Lipa

Harry Styles

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Top Social Artist (Fan Voted)

BTS (WINNER)

BLACKPINK

Ariana Grande

SB19

Seventeen

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Top R&B Artist

The Weeknd (WINNER)

Jhené Aiko

Justin Bieber

Chris Brown

Doja Cat

Top R&B Male Artist

The Weeknd (WINNER)

Justin Bieber

Chris Brown

Top R&B Female Artist

Doja Cat (WINNER)

Jhené Aiko

SZA

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Top Rap Artist

Pop Smoke (WINNER)

DaBaby

Drake

Juice WRLD

Lil Baby

Top Rap Male Artist

Pop Smoke (WINNER)

Juice WRLD

Lil Baby

Top Rap Female Artist

Megan Thee Stallion (WINNER)

Cardi B

Saweetie

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Top Country Artist

Morgan Wallen (WINNER)

Gabby Barrett

Kane Brown

Luke Combs

Chris Stapleton

Top Country Male Artist

Morgan Wallen (WINNER)

Luke Combs

Chris Stapleton

Top Country Female Artist

Gabby Barrett (WINNER)

Maren Morris

Carrie Underwood

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Top Country Duo/Group

Florida Georgia Line (WINNER)

Dan + Shay

Maddie & Tae

Top Rock Artist

Machine Gun Kelly (WINNER)

AC/DC

AJR

Five Finger Death Punch

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Top Latin Artist

Bad Bunny (WINNER)

Anuel AA

J Balvin

Maluma

Ozuna

Top Latin Male Artist

Bad Bunny (WINNER)

J Balvin

Ozuna

Top Latin Female Artist

Karol G (WINNER)

Becky G

Rosalía

Top Latin Duo/Group

Eslabón Armado (WINNER)

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga

Los Dos Carnales

Top Dance/Electronic Artist

Lady Gaga (WINNER)

The Chainsmokers

Kygo

Marshmello

Surf Mesa

Top Christian Artist

Elevation Worship (WINNER)

Casting Crowns

for KING & COUNTRY

Carrie Underwood

Zach Williams

Top Gospel Artist

Kanye West (WINNER)

Kirk Franklin

Koryn Hawthorne

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Maverick City Music

Top Billboard 200 Album

Pop Smoke Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon (WINNER)

Juice WRLD Legends Never Die

Lil Baby My Turn

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The Weeknd After Hours

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Top R&B Album

The Weeknd After Hours (WINNER)

Jhené Aiko Chilombo

Chris Brown & Young Thug Slime & B

Doja Cat Hot Pink

Kehlani It Was Good Until It Wasn’t

Top Rap Album

Pop Smoke Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon (WINNER)

DaBaby Blame It On the Baby

Juice WRLD Legends Never Die

Lil Baby My Turn

Lil Uzi Vert Eternal Atake

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Top Country Album

Morgan Wallen Dangerous: The Double Album (WINNER)

Gabby Barrett Goldmine

Sam Hunt Southside

Chris Stapleton Starting Over

Carrie Underwood My Gift

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Top Rock Album

Machine Gun Kelly Tickets to My Downfall (WINNER)

AC/DC Power Up

Miley Cyrus Plastic Hearts

Glass Animals Dreamland

Bruce Springsteen Letter to You

Top Latin Album

Bad Bunny YHLQMDLG (WINNER)

Anuel AA Emmanuel

Bad Bunny El Último Tour Del Mundo

Bad Bunny Las que no iban a salir

J Balvin Colores

Top Dance/Electronic Album

Lady Gaga Chromatica (WINNER)

DJ Snake Carte Blanche

Gryffin Gravity

Kygo Golden Hour

Kylie Minogue Disco

Top Christian Album

Carrie Underwood My Gift (WINNER)

Bethel Music Peace

Elevation Worship Grave Into Gardens

We The Kingdom Holy Water

Zach Williams Rescue Story

Top Gospel Album

Maverick City Music Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 1 (WINNER)

Koryn Hawthorne I AM

Tasha Cobbs Leonard Royalty: Live at the Ryman

Maverick City Music Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 2

Kierra Sheard Kierra

Top Hot 100 Song Presented by Rockstar

The Weeknd “Blinding Lights” (WINNER)

24kGoldn ft. iann dior “Mood”

Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth “I Hope”

Chris Brown & Young Thug “Go Crazy”

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch “ROCKSTAR”

Top Streaming Song

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch “ROCKSTAR” (WINNER)

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion “WAP”

Future ft. Drake “Life Is Good”

Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne “WHATS POPPIN”

The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”

Top Selling Song

BTS “Dynamite” (WINNER)

The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”

Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth “I Hope”

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion “WAP”

Megan Thee Stallion “Savage”

Top Radio Song

Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth “I Hope” (WINNER)

Chris Brown & Young Thug “Go Crazy”

Dua Lipa “Don’t Start Now”

Harry Styles “Adore You”

The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”

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Top Collaboration (Fan Voted)

Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth “I Hope” (WINNER)

24kGoldn ft. iann dior “Mood”

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

The Weeknd “Blinding Lights” (WINNER)

Jhené Aiko ft. H.E.R. “B.S.”

Justin Bieber ft. Quavo “Intentions”

Chris Brown & Young Thug “Go Crazy”

Doja Cat “Say So”

Top Rap Song

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch “ROCKSTAR” (WINNER)

24kGoldn ft. iann dior “Mood”

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion “WAP”

Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne “WHATS POPPIN”

Megan Thee Stallion “Savage”

Top Country Song

Gabby Barrett “I Hope” (WINNER)

Jason Aldean “Got What I Got”

Lee Brice “One of Them Girls”

Morgan Wallen “Chasin’ You”

Morgan Wallen “More Than My Hometown”

Top Rock Song

AJR “Bang!” (WINNER)

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 & Jhay Cortez “Dákiti” (WINNER)

Bad Bunny “Yo Perreo Sola”

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

SAINt JHN “Roses (Imanbek Remix)” (WINNER)

Lady Gaga “Stupid Love”

Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande “Rain on Me”

Surf Mesa ft. Emilee “ily (i love you baby)”

Topic & A7S “Breaking Me”

Top Christian Song

Elevation Worship ft. Brandon Lake “Graves Into Gardens” (WINNER)

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

Kanye West ft. Travis Scott “Wash Us In The Blood” (WINNER)

Koryn Hawthorne “Speak To Me”

Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music “Movin’ On”

Marvin Sapp “Thank You For It All”

Tye Tribbett “We Gon’ Be Alright”

The award show was jam-packed, while adhrering to the pandemic rules, and witnessed A-list performers including The Weeknd, BTS, Bad Bunny, Doja Cat and SZA, twenty-one pilots, DJ Khaled with H.E.R. and Migos, Karol G, Alicia Keys, Duran Duran, Jonas Brothers with Marshmello, and Pink.

We enjoyed the function even though it was early morning for us, we hope you did too!

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