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Here are the finalists for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards

The Weeknd leads with 16 nominations

On Thursday morning, The Today Show shared the finalists for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards. The finalists were revealed as part of a live stream, The List Live, that was streamed across Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Access Hollywood’s Zuri Hall along with comedian LaLa Milan were the hosts, also featuring appearances by Anitta, Bretman Rock, Brianne Howey and Antonia Gentry, Chris Sullivan, FINNEAS and Maggie Baird, Jay Pharoah, Jon Batiste, Kandi Burruss, Kyle Richards, Leslie Jordan, Lisa Rinna, Luis Fonsi, the New Voices Bay Area TIGQ Chorus, Nick DiGiovanni, Paris Hilton, Rob Gronkowski, Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, Tanya Rad and Brad Goreski, Tate McRae, Tika the Iggy, Tim Anderson, Wisdom Kaye and more.

The live stream started with announcements for Top Hot 100 Artist, which includes the biggest artists of the year like DaBaby, Drake, Dua Lipa, Pop Smoke, and The Weeknd, along with the finalists for Top Latin Male Artist and Top Female Rap Artist. From there, the rest of the categories were continuously announced.

Overall, The Weeknd is taking the number one spot with 16 nominations, receiving nods in categories like Top Artist, Top Male Artist, and Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, and Top R&B Album. DaBaby follows with 11 nominations, where he’s been recognized in the Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Rap Artist, and Top Rap Album categories.

Another big contender for the upcoming ceremony is Megan Thee Stallion, who received seven nods for categories like Top Female Artist and Top Rap Female Artist. Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD have also earned a top spot with serious posthumous recognition, with Pop Smoke a finalist in 10 categories and Juice a finalist in seven.

The 2021 Billboard Music Awards will be held Sunday, May 23 at 8 p.m. ET at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, airing on NBC. Check out a full list of BBMA finalists below:


Top Artist

Drake

Juice WRLD

Pop Smoke

Taylor Swift

The Weeknd

Top New Artist

Gabby Barrett

Doja Cat

Jack Harlow

Pop Smoke

Rod Wave

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 Duo/Group

AC/DC

AJR

BTS

Dan + Shay

Maroon 5

Top Billboard 200 Artist

Drake

Juice WRLD

Pop Smoke

Post Malone

Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist

DaBaby

Drake

Dua Lipa

Pop Smoke

The Weeknd

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 Rap Male Artist

Juice WRLD

Lil Baby

Pop Smoke

Top Rap Female Artist

Cardi B

Megan Thee Stallion

Saweetie

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 Male Artist

Bad Bunny

Ozuna

J Balvin

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

The Weeknd, After Hours

Top Rap Album

DaBaby, Blame It On the 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

24kGoldn f/ Iann Dior “Mood”

Gabby Barrett f/ Charlie Puth “I Hope”

Chris Brown & Young Thug “Go Crazy”

DaBaby f/ Roddy Ricch “Rockstar”

The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”

Top Streaming Song

Cardi B f/ Megan Thee Stallion “WAP”

DaBaby f/ Roddy Ricch “Rockstar”

Future f/ Drake “Life Is Good”

Jack Harlow f/ DaBaby, Tory Lanez, and Lil Wayne “Whats Poppin”

The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”

Top Selling Song

Gabby Barrett f/ Charlie Puth “I Hope”

BTS “Dynamite”

Cardi B f/ Megan Thee Stallion “WAP”

Megan Thee Stallion “Savage”

The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”

Top Radio Song

Gabby Barrett f/ Charlie Puth “I Hope”

Chris Brown & Young Thug “Go Crazy”

Dua Lipa “Don’t Start Now”

Harry Styles “Adore You”

The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”

Top Collaboration (Fan Voted)

24kGoldn f/ Iann Dior “Mood”

Gabby Barrett f/ Charlie Puth “I Hope”

Chris Brown & Young Thug “Go Crazy”

DaBaby f/ Roddy Ricch “Rockstar”

Jack Harlow f/ DaBaby, Tory Lanez, and Lil Wayne “Whats Poppin”

Top R&B Song

Jhené Aiko f/ H.E.R. “B.S.”

Justin Bieber f/ Quavo “Intentions”

Chris Brown & Young Thug “Go Crazy”

Doja Cat “Say So”

The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”

Top Rap Song

24kGoldn f/ Iann Dior “Mood”

Cardi B f/ Megan Thee Stallion “WAP”

DaBaby f/ Roddy Ricch “Rockstar”

Jack Harlow f/ DaBaby, Tory Lanez, and 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 f/ Blackbear “Monsters”

Glass Animals “Heat Waves”

Machine Gun Kelly f/ 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, Karol G, and 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 f/ Emilee “ily (i love you baby)”

Topic & A7S “Breaking Me”

Top Christian Song

Elevation Worship f/ 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 f/ Jenn Johnson “Famous For (I Believe)”

Zach Williams & Dolly Parton “There Was Jesus”

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 f/ Travis Scott “Wash Us in the Blood”

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