Cheat Sheet: Here’s Everything You Need To Know About The 2021 Billboard Music Awards

Buckle up music fans because the 2021 Billboard Music Awards are FINALLY here and the lineup of performers, presenters, and nominees are incredible. Before the show even begins, turn your volume up because we have a good feeling that you will be dancing around your house to some chart-topping bangers!

Our fav Jonas Brother Nick Jonas will be starting the party and hosting the fun-filled evening. While watching the show, keep in mind that the ceremony will be based on chart data from March 21, 2020, through April 3, 2021.

So, whether you tune in for the pre-show coverage, the fire fashion, the short and to-the-point speeches, or even for the toe-tapping performances we got you covered!

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What are the Billboard Music Awards?  

The Billboard Music Awards recognizes the chart-topping names in music today. This ceremony is different than others, as honorees are selected by performance on the Billboard Charts. Compared to other music award shows, the Billboards are ranked as one of the strongest shows of the year. 


“Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key interactions with music fans, as well as album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring, and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Song,” according to Billboard. “The awards are based on a 12-month reporting period. Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of artists, songs, and albums, and are the ultimate measure of success in music.”

How can I watch the Billboard Music  Awards?

The ceremony will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles at 8 p.m.  ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC or Peacock – NBC’s streaming service. Music-goers located in the United States can also watch the highly anticipated night live through YouTube TV and Hulu Live TV.

Is there a red carpet?

There will be a socially distanced red carpet this year, so get ready to see nominees, presenters, and special guests in their Sunday best before the big show. 

Who is hosting?

Dick Clark Productions and NBC announced that the multi-platinum artist and current  The Voice coach Nick Jonas will be hosting the star-studded evening live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It’s no surprise that Nick scored this impressive title, as the Jonas Brothers have received three Billboard Music Awards in the past and dominated the 2019 charts with comeback album Happiness Begins.   

Who will be performing at The 2021 Billboard Music Awards?

Nick Jonas will not just be hosting the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, as he will also be taking center stage with his brothers and Marshmello to perform their recently released single “Leave Before You Love Me.” Other performers include –The Weeknd, BTS, P!nk, Duran Duran, Alicia Keys, Doja Cat, SZA, H.E.R., Migos, DJ Khaled, Bad Bunny, Karol G, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis will join Sounds of Blackness and Anne Nesby for a performance of their ‘90s R&B hit “Optimistic.”

Who are the big nominees?

One thing we love about the Billboard Music Awards is that the best of the best compete against each other. The nominee list features some of our favorite musicians including Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Gabby Barrett, Megan Thee Stallion, The Weeknd, and of course BTS

Keep your eyes glued to your television screens because history could be made at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards – Drake is the most awarded artist in the show’s history (27 total) and he’s currently entering the night nominated in seven categories. However, Taylor Swift ( 23 BBMAs total) could tie with Drake if she wins all four categories she’s nominated for. 

“If The Weeknd or Justin Bieber sweeps in all of their categories, they could surpass Taylor Swift and take the #2 spot for most wins of all time,” says Billboard in a recent statement. 

Other performers with the most nominations include Gabby Barrett (9) and Megan Thee Stallion(7.) Bad Bunny is now the first Latin artist to become a finalist three times in the same category and BTS could win their 5th consecutive award in the top “social artist” category. 

Who is presenting?

The Billboard Music Awards outdid themselves this time around because we are getting the best lineup of presenters yet! The awesome list includes Gabrielle Union, Kelsea Ballerini, Chelsea Handler, Lena Waithe, Swizz Beatz, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Leslie Odom Jr., Cynthia Erivo, Kathryn Hahn, Henry Golding, Dixie D’Amelio, Lil Rel Howery, and Padma Lakshmi. The queen bee’s mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson will be presenting Trae Tha Truth with the “Change Maker Award.” 

Will there be any special honorees this year?  

Yes! Billboard Music Awards announced that Trae Tha Truth will receive the second annual “Billboard Change Maker” award, P!nk will bring home the “Icon” award, and Drake will walk away with “Artist of the Decade.”

Don’t forget: The 2021 Billboard Music Awards air Sunday, May 23 @ 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT on NBC.


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