P!nk is being honored with the ICON Award, while Drake will accept the Artist of the Decade Award.
Tonight’s the night!
The 2021 Billboard Music Awards are going down live from Los Angeles on Sunday, with Nick Jonas at the helm as host. Going down just seven months after the 2020 BBMAs — which happened in October after being delayed due to the pandemic — this year’s awards are based on the chart period of March 21, 2020 through April 3, 2021.
Going into the show, The Weeknd is up for the most trophies with a whopping 16 nominations. Close behind him are DaBaby with 11 nominations and the late Pop Smoke, who is for up 10 awards. First-time nominee, country singer Gabby Barrett, was the most named female artist, earning nine nominations. Megan Thee Stallion, Bad Bunny, Chris Brown, Drake and late rapper Juice WRLD received seven noms.
Performers include P!nk — who is also being honored with the ICON Award — The Weeknd, Doja Cat and SZA, BTS, Alicia Keys, Bad Bunny, Duran Duran, Karol J, twenty one pilots and more.
We’ll keep updating this post with the night’s most viral moments — stay tuned!
Doja Cat and SZA Debut “Kiss Me More”
The song has been out for about a month, but Sunday night saw the first live performance of “Kiss Me More” from Doja Cat and SZA — and they did not disappoint.
The two brought the vocals, some dazzling visuals and fierce fashion, as well as some killer choreography. Fans ate it up!
The Weeknd Gets Some Love
After he was somehow totally shut out at the Grammys nominations this year, The Weeknd won the first award of the night at the Billboards — picking up a trophy for Top Hot 100 Artist.
“First and foremost I’d like to thank my fellow nominees,” he said, reading off his iPhone. “It’s been a dark year and you’ve brought light and escape with your music, genius, brilliance and you deserve this award just as much as I do, if not more.”
He then thanked his team, his family and the fans — “and God, that I don’t have to wear that red suit anymore.”
Before the show began, he was already award Top Male Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Male Artist, Top R&B Album, Top Radio Song and Top R&B Song.
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