2021 Billboard Music Awards Nominations: The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Machine Gun Kelly and More

The full list of nominations for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards is officially here!

The Weeknd leads with the most nominations this year, amassing a total of 16 nominations, including Best Artist, Best Male Artist and Best Broadcast Song Artist. Other top finalists include DaBaby with 11, Gabby Barrett with 9 and Pop Smoke with 10 posthumous nominations. Winners will be announced during a live ceremony airing Sunday, May 23 at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT on NBC.

See the full list of nominees below:

ARTIST AWARDS

Best Artist

Duck
WRLD Juice
Pop smoke
Taylor Swift
Weekend

Best New Artist

Gabby barrett
Doja cat
Jack Harlow
Pop smoke
Rod Wave

Best Male Artist

Duck
WRLD Juice
Lil baby
Pop smoke
Weekend

Best Female Artist

Billie eilish
Ariana Grande
Dua Lipa
Stallion Megan Thee
Taylor Swift

Best Duo / Group

AC DC
AJR
Bts
Dan + Shay
Maroon 5

Top Billboard 200 Artist

Duck
WRLD Juice
Pop smoke
Post malone
Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist

DaBaby
Duck
Dua Lipa
Pop smoke
Weekend

Top Streaming Song Artist

DaBaby
Duck
Lil baby
Pop smoke
Weekend

Top Song Sales Artist

Justin Bieber
Bts
Stallion Megan Thee
*Morgan wallen
Weekend

Top Radio Song Artist

Justin Bieber
Lewis capaldi
Dua Lipa
Harry Styles
Weekend

Best Social Artist (Voted Fan)

BLACKPINK
Bts
Ariana Grande
SB19
Seventeen

Top R&B Artist

Jhene aiko
Justin Bieber
Chris Brown
Doja cat
Weekend

Top R&B Male Artist

Justin Bieber
Chris Brown
Weekend

Top Female R&B Artist

Jhene aiko
Doja cat
SZA

Best rap artist

DaBaby
Duck
WRLD Juice
Lil baby
Pop smoke

Top Male Rap Artist

WRLD Juice
Lil baby
Pop smoke

Best Female Rap Artist

Cardi B
Stallion Megan Thee
Saweetie

Best Country Artist

Gabby barrett
Kane brown
Luke combs
Chris stapleton
*Morgan wallen

Best Country Male Artist

Luke combs
Chris stapleton
*Morgan wallen

Best Country Female Artist

Gabby barrett
Maren morris
Carrie Underwood

Best Country Duo / Group

Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie and Tae

Best Rock Artist

AC DC
AJR
Five Finger Death Strike
Machine Gun Kelly
Twenty one pilots

Best Latin Artist

Anuel AA
Bad bunny
J Balvin
Maluma
Ozuna

Best Latino Male Artist

Bad bunny
J Balvin
Ozuna

Best Latin Female Artist

Becky G
Karol G
Rosalia

Best Latin Duo / Group

Banda MS by Sergio Lizárraga
Armed Link
The Two Carnales

Top Dance / Electronic Artist

The smokers
Kygo
Lady Gaga
Marshmello
Surf table

Best Christian Artist

Cast crowns
Elevation worship
for KING & COUNTRY
Carrie Underwood
Zach Williams

Best Gospel Artist

Kirk franklin
Koryn hawthorne
Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Maverick City Music
Kanye west

ALBUM AWARDS

Best Billboard 200 Album

WRLD juice, Legends never die

Lil baby My turn

Pop smoke Shoot for the stars, aim for the moon

Taylor Swift, folklore

Weekend, After hours

Best R&B Album

Jhene aiko, Chilombo

Chris Brown and Young Thug, Slime and B

Doja cat Hot pink

Kehlani, It was good until it wasn’t

Weekend, After hours

Best Rap Album

DaBaby, BLAME THE BABY

WRLD juice, Legends never die

Lil baby My turn

Lil Uzi Vert, Eternal atake

Pop smoke Shoot for the stars, aim for the moon

Best Country Album

Gabby Barrett, Goldmine

Sam Hunt, SOUTH SIDE

Chris Stapleton, Start again

Carrie Underwood, My gift
*Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: the double album

Best Rock Album

AC DC, Turn on

Miley Cyrus, Plastic hearts

Glass animals, Dreamland

Machine gun Kelly, My Downfall tickets

Bruce Springsteen, Letter for you

Best Latin Album

Anuel AA, Emmanuel

Bad bunny The Last Tour Of The World

Bad bunny The ones that were not going to come out

Bad bunny YHLQMDLG

J Balvin, Colors

Best Dance / Electronic Album

Dj snake White card

Gryffin, Gravity

Kygo, Golden hour

Lady Gaga, Chromatic

Minogue Kylie, Disk

Best Christian Album

Bethel Music, Peace

Elevation worship, Grave in gardens

Carrie Underwood, My gift

We the Kingdom, Holy Water

Zach Williams, Rescue story

Best Gospel Album

Koryn Hawthorne, I’M

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

SONG AWARDS

Top 100 Song Presented by Rockstar

24kGoldn ft. Iann dior “Mood”
Gabby Barrett with Charlie Puth “I Hope”
Chris Brown and Young Thug go crazy
DaBaby with Roddy Ricch “ROCKSTAR”
The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”

Best Streaming Song

Cardi B with Megan Thee Stallion “WAP”
DaBaby with Roddy Ricch “ROCKSTAR”
Future ft. Drake “Life is good”
Jack Harlow with DaBaby, Tory Lanez and Lil Wayne “WHATS POPPIN”
The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”

Best-selling song

Gabby Barrett with Charlie Puth “I Hope”
BTS “Dynamite”
Cardi B with Megan Thee Stallion “WAP”
Megan Thee Stallion “Savage”
The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”

Best Radio Song

Gabby Barrett with Charlie Puth “I Hope”
Chris Brown and Young Thug go crazy
Dua Lipa “Don’t start now”
Harry Styles “I adore you”
The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”

Top Collaboration (Fan Vote)

24kGoldn ft. Iann dior “Mood”
Gabby Barrett with Charlie Puth “I Hope”
Chris Brown and Young Thug go crazy
DaBaby with Roddy Ricch “ROCKSTAR”
Jack Harlow with DaBaby, Tory Lanez and Lil Wayne “WHATS POPPIN”

Best R&B Song

Jhené Aiko with SU “BS”
Justin Bieber with Quavo “Intentions”
Chris Brown and Young Thug go crazy
Doja Cat “Tell me”
The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”

Best rap song

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

Best Country Song

Jason Aldean “I have what I have”
Gabby Barrett “I hope”
Lee Brice “One of those girls”
*Morgan Wallen “Chasing You”
*Morgan Wallen “More than my hometown”

Best rock song

AJR “Bang!”
All Time Low ft. Blackbear “Monsters”
Glass animals “Heat waves”
Machine Gun Kelly with blackbear “my ex’s best friend”
twenty-one pilots “Level of concern”

Best Latin Song

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

Best Dance / Electronic Song

Lady Gaga “Stupid Love”
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande “Rain on Me”
SAINt JHN “Roses (Imanbek Remix)”
Surf Table with Emilee “ily (I love you baby)”
Theme and A7S “Breaking Me”

Best Christian Song

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

Best Gospel Song

Koryn Hawthorne “Talk to me”
Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music “Movin ‘On”
Marvin Sapp “Thanks for everything”
Tye Tribbett “We Gon ‘Be Alright”
Kanye West with Travis Scott “Wash Us In The Blood”


* Statement on behalf of dick clark productions regarding Morgan Wallen:

“Unique among award shows, Billboard Music Awards (BBMA) finalists are determined by their performance on the Billboard charts and are not chosen by a voting committee or membership organization. BBMA finalists and winners are based on key fan interactions with music (including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio broadcasting, social engagement), monitored by Billboard and its data partners, including MRC Data.

With our content reaching millions of viewers, dcp and MRC have the privilege and responsibility to effect change by creating a more inclusive dialogue in our productions and throughout the industry.

Morgan Wallen is a finalist this year according to the charts. As your recent conduct does not align with our core values, we will not include you in the program in any way (acting, presenting, accepting).

It is heartening and heartening to know that Morgan is taking steps on his anti-racist journey and beginning to do meaningful work. We plan to evaluate your progress and will consider your participation in future programs. “


The 2021 Billboard Music Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 23 at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT on NBC. In the meantime, hear more of this year’s nominees in the video below.

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