Who are the 2021 Billboard Music Awards finalists?

THE 2021 Billboard Music Awards are right around the corner and the nominations have been announced.

Scheduled to premiere May 23 at 8:00 pm ET, the 31st annual Billboard Music Awards is one of the biggest nights for the music industry, highlighting artists in multiple categories.

What are the Billboard Music Awards?

Established back in 1990, the Billboard Music Awards is a night where honors are given out to artists in categories including Top Latin Artist, Top Female Rap Artist, and The Hot 100 Artist.

Founded in 1894, by William Donaldson and James Hennegan, Billboard is a popular magazine and online publication that is known for covering news, events, reviews, and opinions related to the music industry.

The company is most famous for its music charts which are based on song sales, radio plays, and online streamings in the United States. The charts are the music industry's standard chart on rankings for songs and artists.

The winners of the awards are based on fan interactions with music within a 12-month period. Billboard looks at the album and song sales, radio airplay, social media engagement, streaming, and touring to determine the winners.

Who are the 2021 finalists?

The list of nominations for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards in each category include,

Top Artist

  • Drake
  • Juice WRLD
  • Pop Smoke
  • Taylor Swift
  • The Weeknd

Top Hot 100 Artist

  • DaBaby
  • Drake
  • Dua Lipa
  • Pop Smoke
  • The Weeknd

Top New Artist

  • Gabby Barrett
  • Doja Cat
  • Jack Harlow
  • Pop Smoke
  • Rod Wave

Top Latin Male Artist

  • Bad Bunny
  • Ozuna
  • J Balvin

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 Billboard 200 Artist

  • Drake
  • Juice WRLD
  • Pop Smoke
  • Post Malone
  • Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group

  • AC/DC
  • AJR
  • BTS
  • Dan + Shay
  • Maroon 5

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 (Fan Voted)

  • 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 Female Rap Artist

  • Cardi B
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Saweetie

Top Rap Male Artist

  • Juice WRLD
  • Lil Baby
  • Pop Smoke

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/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 Female Artist

  • Becky G
  • Karol G
  • Rosalía

Top Latin Duo/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

  • Juice WRLD, Legends Never Die
  • Lil Baby, My Turn
  • Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
  • Taylor Swift, folklore
  • The Weeknd, After Hours

Top R&B Album

  • Jhené Aiko, Chilombo
  • Chris Brown & Young Thug, Slime & B
  • Doja Cat, Hot Pink
  • Kehlani, It Was Good Until It Wasn't

Top Rap Album

  • DaBaby, Blame It On Baby
  • Juice WRLD, Legends Never Die
  • Lil Baby, My Turn
  • Lil Uzi Vert, Eternal Atake
  • Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon

Top Country Album

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

Top Rock Album

  • AC/DC, Power Up
  • Miley Cyrus, Plastic Hearts
  • Glass Animals, Dreamland
  • Machine Gun Kelly, Tickets to My Downfall
  • Bruce Springsteen, Letter to You

Top Latin Album

  • Anuel AA, Emmanuel
  • Bad Bunny, El Último Tour Del Mundo
  • Bad Bunny, Las que no iban a salir
  • Bad Bunny, YHLQMDLG
  • J Balvin, Colores

Top Dance/ Electronic Album

  • DJ Snake, Carte Blanche
  • Gryffin, Gravity
  • Kygo, Golden Hour
  • Lady Gaga, Chromatica
  • Kylie Minogue, Disco

Top Christian Album

  • Bethel Music, Peace
  • Elevation Worship, Grave Into Gardens
  • Carrie Underwood, My Gift
  • We The Kingdom, Holy Water
  • Zach Williams, Rescue Story

Top Gospel Album

  • Koryn Hawthorne, I AM
  • 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

Top Hot 100 Song Presented by Rockstar

  • 24kGoldn ft. iann dior, Mood
  • Gabby Barrett fr. Charlie Puth, I Hope
  • Chris Brown & Young Thug, Go Crazy
  • DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, ROCKSTAR
  • The Weeknd, Blinding Lights

Top Streaming Song

  • Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, WAP
  • DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, ROCKSTAR
  • Future ft. Drake, Life Is Good
  • Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne, WHATS POPPIN
  • The Weeknd, Blinding Lights

Top Selling Song

  • Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, I Hope
  • BTS, Dynamite
  • Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, WAP
  • Megan Thee Stallion Savage
  • The Weeknd, Blinding Lights

Top Radio Song

  • Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, I Hope
  • Chris Brown & Young Thug, Go Crazy
  • Dua Lipa, Don's Start Now
  • Harry Styles, Adore You
  • The Weeknd, Blinding Lights

Top Collaboration (Fan Voted)

  • 24kGoldn ft. iann dior, Mood
  • Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, I Hope
  • Chris Brown & Young Thug, Go Crazy
  • DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, ROCKSTAR
  • Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez & Lil Wayne, WHATS POPPIN

Top Rap Song

  • 24kGoldn ft. iann dior, Mood
  • Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, WAP
  • DaBaby ft Roddy Ricch, ROCKSTAR
  • Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne, WHATS POPPIN
  • Megan Thee Stallion, Savage

Top Country Song

  • Jason Aldean, Got What I Got
  • Gabby Barrett, I Hope
  • Lee Brice, One of Them Girls
  • Morgan Wallen, Chasin' You
  • Morgan Wallen, More Than My Hometown

Top Rock Song

  • AJR, Bang!
  • 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, Yo Perreo Sola
  • Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, Dákiti
  • 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

  • Lady Gaga, Stupid Love
  • Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande, Rain on Me
  • SAINt JHN, Roses (Imanbek Remix)
  • Surf Mesa ft. Emilee, ily (i love you baby)
  • Topic & A7S, Breaking Me

Top Christian Song

  • Elevation Worship ft. Brandon Lake, Graves Into Gardens
  • 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 Jess

Top Gospel Song

  • Koryn Hawthorne, Speak To Me
  • Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music, Movin’ On
  • Marvin Sapp, Thank You For It All
  • Tye Tribbett, We Gon’ Be Alright
  • Kanye West ft. Travis Scott, Wash Us In The Blood

Despite his multiple nominations, Billboard has announced that country artist Morgan Wallen will not be at the shows because of his controversial racial slurs from earlier this year.

 

Where can I watch the awards?

The awards will be broadcasted live on NBC May 23, at 8:00 pm ET and 5:00 pm PT. The show will be live at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles California.

Last year, the awards were available to stream the following day on NBC.com and Peacock, there is no confirmation yet on if the 2021 awards will be streamed live on services.

This year, the awards will be hosted by comedian LaLa Milan, and Access Hollywood's Zuri Hall. The show will also feature appearances by artists such as Jon Batiste, Luis Fonsi, Swizz Beatz, and Timbaland who will reveal the finalists while the hosts break down award categories, artist's achievements, and their records.

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