The Weeknd is the top contender for an impressive 16 awards.
NEW YORK – Some of the Grammys’ biggest critics, who felt left out at the famous awards show, will take center stage at another event: the 2021 Billboard Music Awards.
The Weeknd called the Grammys last year, when he hadn’t won a single nomination for his 2021 show, despite having the biggest song of the year with “Blinding Lights” and a multi-platinum hit album with “After Hours” . But at the Billboard Awards on Sunday, he is the best nominee in contention for an impressive 16 awards.
With 27 wins, Drake is the most decorated artist in Billboard Awards history. He is up for seven accolades this year and will receive the Artist of the Decade award.
Drake won four Grammys and The Weeknd won three – although they were limited to wins in the rap and R&B categories, instead of winning awards like album, song or record of the year.
But Canadian artists will fight for the top prize at the Billboard Awards – Best Artist – where the competition includes Taylor Swift and late rappers Juice WRLD and Pop Smoke.
Despite its dominance in the charts and streaming services, Juice WRLD was also snubbed at the Grammys, which took place in March. Pop Smoke was limited to one nomination – best rap performance for the hit âDiorâ. However, Swift won Album of the Year for the third time with âevermoreâ.
The Weeknd, Swift, Juice WRLD and Pop Smoke will compete for the best album on the Billboard 200, alongside Lil Baby.
For the Top Hot 100, nominees include âBlinding Lightsâ by The Weeknd, âRockstarâ by DaBaby and Roddy Ricch, âGo Crazyâ by Chris Brown and Young Thug, âI Hopeâ by Gabby Barrett and Charlie Puth and âMood Â»By 24kGoldn and iann dior. “
Unlike other awards where committees determine nominees, Billboard Awards finalists are based on album and digital sales, streaming, radio broadcast, and social engagement. The nominees for the 51 categories are based on the graphical period of March 21, 2020 to April 3, 2021.
This is why controversial country singer Morgan Wallen is nominated for six awards. Because Wallen was filmed using a racial slur earlier this year, he was not allowed to compete in the Academy of Country Music Awards or the CMT Music Awards. But despite the fallout, he had great success in the country and pop charts with several songs from his second album, “Dangerous: The Double Album”.
Billboard Awards producer Dick Clark Productions banned Wallen from appearing on the show.
But Sunday will be packed with other A-listers: Performers include The Weeknd, BTS, Bad Bunny, Doja Cat and SZA, Twenty-One Pilots, DJ Khaled with HER and Migos, Karol G, Alicia Keys, Duran Duran, Jonas Brothers with Marshmello and Pink, who will win the ICON award.
Presenters include Cynthia Erivo, Chelsea Handler, Swizz Beatz, Tina Knowles-Lawson, Gabrielle Union, Henry Golding, Leslie Odom Jr., Lil Rel Howery, Padma Lakshmi, RenÃ©e Elise Goldsberry, Lena Waithe and Dixie D’Amelio.
After The Weeknd, DaBaby is the second most nominated actor with 11. Pop Smoke won 10 posthumous nominations, while Barrett is the leading female nominee with nine.
Others who have won multiple nominations include Bad Bunny, BTS, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, and Justin Bieber.
AJR, Glass Animals, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis with Sounds of Blackness and Ann Nesby will also perform on Sunday, where rapper-activist Trae Tha Truth will receive the Change Maker Award.