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Billboard Music Awards 2021 Recap

Posted on May 27, 2021

The Billboard Music Awards celebrated the absolutely iconic music of the past year. On Sunday, May 23rd, we saw Nick Jonas host the 31st annual award show – an event filled with show-stopping performances, killer couture and much more.  So pop another bag of popcorn and let’s relive the 2021 BBMAs!

Drake – Artist of the Decade

“I know I’ve spent an incalculable amount of hours trying to analyze all the things I did wrong, but tonight for once, I’m sure as hell we did something right.”Drake, Artist of the Decade acceptance speech

Toronto’s hometown hero, Drake, was honoured for his legacy throughout the 2010s with the Artist of the Decade award. This award has only ever been presented to two other artists; Mariah Carey and Eminem. A huge accomplishment! What we find the most heart-warming was the rapper bringing his son, Adonis, to the stage with him to accept the award. A loving father-son moment to bring all the feels to a well deserved award moment.

The Weeknd Cleans House!

The Weeknd won 10 awards at the 2021 BBMAs including major categories: Top Artist, Top Male Artist and Top Hot 100 Artist. “Blinding Lights” broke the internet in 2020 with its catchy melody stuck in the world’s head the entire year. Another huge hometown win for the 6ix. A huge standing ovation to you, The Weeknd, congratulations!

See a full list of everything The Weeknd won in our Full Winners list below.

Other Big Winners

Many other artists had a celebratory night claiming multiple awards:

  • Pop Smoke – 5 Wins
  • Bad Bunny – 4 Wins
  • BTS – 4 Wins
  • DaBaby – 2 Wins
  • Gabby Barrett – 2 Wins
  • Lady Gaga – 2 Wins
  • Machine Gun Kelly – 2 Wins
  • Taylor Swift – 2 Wins
  • Kanye West – 2 Wins

Congratulations to these artists on this monumental achievement and congratulations to all the other winners and those nominated!

Performances that gave The Ooh Ah Ah Sensation

Jonas Brothers – Jonas Brothers Medley ft. Marshmello

After hosting the BBMAs, Nick Jonas joined his brothers alongside Marshmello to perform a Jonas Brothers Medley. This was also the first live performance of their newest single, “Leave Before You Love Me”! It was an amazing performance to end an iconic award show.


The Weeknd – “Save Your Tears” Convertible Performance

The golden boy of this year’s BBMAs gave a dynamic performance when he sang “Save Your Tears.” The performance involves The Weeknd, convertibles and killer camera angles, instantly legendary.


BTS’ Debut “Butter” Performance

BTS released their second English single, “Butter,” last week and had the song’s debut performance on the BBMA stage. This followed the boys winning the fan voted Social Artist award for the 5th consecutive year!


Glass Animals “Heat Waves” Performance

Glass Animals performed their award nominated track “Heat Waves” live. The band had an absolutely sickening set to create a violet and sage green fantasy to the eye.

Full List of BBMA Winners:

Top Artist:

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

Top New Artist:

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

Top Male Artist:

  • The Weeknd – Winner
  • Drake
  • Juice WRLD
  • Lil Baby
  • Pop Smoke

Top Female Artist:

  • Taylor Swift – Winner
  • Billie Eilish
  • Ariana Grande
  • Dua Lipa
  • Megan Thee Stallion

Best Duo/Group:

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

Top 200 Billboard Artist:

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

Top Hot 100 Artist:

  • The Weeknd – Winner
  • Da Baby
  • Drake
  • Dua Lipa
  • Pop Smoke

Top Streaming Songs Artist:

  • Drake – Winner
  • DaBaby
  • Lil Baby
  • Pop Smoke
  • The Weeknd

Top Sales Artist:

  • BTS – Winner
  • Justin Bieber
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Morgan Wallen
  • The Weeknd

Top Radio Songs Artist:

  • The Weeknd – Winner
  • Justin Bieber
  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Dua Lipa
  • Harry Styles

Top Social Artist (Fan Voted):

  • BTS – Winner
  • BLACKPINK
  • Ariana Grande
  • SB19
  • Seventeen

Top R&B Artist:

  • The Weeknd – Winner
  • Jhene Aiko
  • Justin Bieber
  • Chris Brown
  • Doja Cat

Top R&B Male Artist:

  • The Weeknd – Winner
  • Justin Bieber
  • Chris Brown

Top R&B Female Artist:

  • Doja Cat – Winner
  • Jhene Aiko
  • SZA

Top Rap Artist:

  • Pop Smoke – Winner
  • DaBaby
  • Drake
  • JuiceWRLD
  • Lil Baby

Top Rap Male Artist:

  • Pop Smoke – Winner
  • Juice WRLD
  • Lil Baby

Top Rap Female Artist:

  • Megan Thee Stallion – Winner
  • Cardi B
  • Saweetie

Top Country Artist:

  • Morgan Wallen – Winner
  • Gabby Barrett
  • Kane Brown
  • Luke Combs
  • Chris Stapleton

Top Country Male Artist:

  • Morgan Wallen – Winner
  • Luke Combs
  • Chris Stapleton

Top Country Female Artist:

  • Gabby Barrett – Winner
  • Maren Morris
  • Carrie Underwood

Top Country Duo/Group:

  • Florida Georgia Line – Winner
  • Dan + Shay
  • Maddie & Tae

Top Rock Artist:

  • Machine Gun Kelly – Winner
  • AC/DC
  • AJR
  • Five Finger Death Punch
  • twenty one pilots

Top Latin Artist:

  • Bad Bunny – Winner
  • Anuel AA
  • J Balvin
  • Maluma
  • Ozuna

Top Latin Male Artist:

  • Bad Bunny – Winner
  • J Balvin
  • Ozuna

Top Latin Female Artist

  • Karol G – Winner
  • Becky G
  • Rosalia

Top Latin Duo/Group:

  • Eslabon Armado – Winner
  • Banda MS de Sergio Lizarraga
  • Los Dos Carnales

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:

  • Lady Gaga – Winner
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Kygo
  • Marshmello
  • Surf Mesa

Top Christian Artist:

  • Elevation Worship – Winner
  • Casting Croowns
  • for KING & COUNTRY
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Zach Williams

Top Gospel Artist:

  • Kanye West – Winner
  • Kirk Franklin
  • Koryn Hawthorne
  • Tasha Cobbs Leonard
  • Maverick City Music

Top Billboard 200 Album:

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

Top R&B Album:

  • The Weeknd ‘After Hours’ – Winner
  • Jhene Aiko ‘Chilombo’
  • Chris Brown & Young Thug ‘Slime & B’
  • Doja Cat ‘Hot Pink’
  • Kehlani ‘It Was Good Until It Wasn’t’

Top Rap Album:

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

Top Country Album:

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

Top Rock Album:

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

Top Latin Album:

  • Bad Bunny ‘YHLQMDLG’ – Winner
  • Anuel AA ‘Emmanuel’
  • Bad Bunny ‘El Ultimo Tour Del Mundo’
  • Bad Bunny ‘Las que no iban a salir’
  • J Balvin ‘Colores’

Top Dance/Electronic Album:

  • Lady Gaga ‘Chromatica’ – Winner
  • DJ Snake ‘Carte Blanche’
  • Griffin ‘Gravity’
  • Kygo ‘Golden Hour’
  • Kylie Minogue ‘Disco’

Top Christian Album:

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

Top Gospel Album:

  • Maverick City Music ‘Maverick City Vol.3 Part 1’ – Winner
  • Koryn Hawthorne ‘I AM’
  • Tasha Cobbs Leonard ‘Royalty: Live at the Ryman’
  • Maverick City Music ‘Maverick City Vol.3 Part 2’
  • Kierra Sheard ‘Kiarra’

Top Hot 100 Song Presented by Rockstar:

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

Top Streaming Song:

  • DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch “ROCKSTAR” – Winner
  • Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion “WAP”
  • Future ft. Drake “Life is Good”
  • Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez & Lil Wayne “Whats Poppin'”
  • The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”

Top Selling Song:

  • BTS “Dynamite” – Winner
  • Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth “I Hope”
  • Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion “WAP”
  • Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyonce “Savage”
  • The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”

Top Radio Song:

  • The Weeknd “Blinding Lights” – Winner
  • Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth “I Hope”
  • Chris Brown & Young Thug “Go Crazy”
  • DaBaby ft. Roddy Dicch “ROCKSTAR”
  • Jack Harlow ft DaBaby, Tory Lanez & Lil Wayne “What’s Poppin'”

Top R&B Song:

  • The Weeknd “Blinding Lights” – Winner
  • Jhene Aiko ft H.E.R. “B.S.”
  • Justin Bieber ft. Quavo “Intentions”
  • Chris Brown & Young Thug “Go Crazy”
  • Doja Cat “Say So”

Top Rap Song:

  • DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch “ROCKSTAR” – Winner
  • 24kGoldn ft. iann dior “Mood”
  • Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion “WAP”
  • Jack Harlow ft. Dababy, Tory Lanez & Lil Wayne “Whats Poppin”
  • Megan Thee Stallion ft Beyonce, “Savage”

Top Country Song:

  • Gabby Barrett “I Hope”
  • Jason Aldean “Got What I Want”
  • Lee Brice “One of Them Girls”
  • Morgan Wallen “Chassis’ You”
  • Morgan Wallen “More Than My Hometown”

Top Rock Song:

  • AJR “Bang! – Winner
  • 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 & Jhay Cortez “Dakiti” – Winner
  • Bad Bunny “Yo Perreo Sola”
  • Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)”
  • Maluma & The Weeknd “Hawai”
  • Ozuna x Karol G x Myke Towers “Caramelo”

Top Dance/Electronic Song

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

Top Christian Song:

  • Elevation Worship ft. Brandon Lake “Graves into Gardens” – Winner
  • 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 Jesus”

Top Gospel Song:

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


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