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Billboard Music Awards 2021: all the big (and history-making) highlights

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Taking place this 23 May at the Los Angeles Microsoft Theatre, the Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) 2021 saw about 500 to 600 attendees amidst all safety protocols, making it one of the largest Hollywood awards show thus far since the pandemic began.

The show kicked off with a high-energy musical performance by the official host Nick Jonas with his brothers Joe and Kevin Jonas, alongside DJ Marshmellow. His wife Priyanka Chopra Jonas was one of the presenters and the couple set the style quotient high as they walked the red carpet together. She made a striking appearance in a head-to-toe custom Dolce & Gabbana sheer ensemble with a thigh-high slit gown with a plunging neckline and iconic golden waist-clinching belt while Nick Jonas donned a bold green Fendi suit.

Other stars to walk the Red Carpet include Alicia Keys in Valentino, H.E.R. in Dior, Gabrielle Union in Prada, Meghan Fox with beau Machine Gun Kelly, The Weeknd in Bottega Veneta, Migos, Drake and Bad Bunny among others. Pink was accompanied by her kids Willow and Jameson.

The Weeknd was the big winner of the night and took home 10 awards, including top artist, top male artist and top Hot 100 song for ‘Blinding Lights’. He now has total 19 trophies, placing him fifth on the list of artists with the most BBMAs.

Other artists to make history at this year’s event include K-pop boyband BTS, who scooped up wins in all four categories they were nominated in, including top duo/group for the second time and top social artist for the fifth consecutive year. The band also lit up the stage with the first-ever live performance of their latest single ‘Butter’. Their megahit ‘Dynamite’ was awarded Top Selling Song making them the first Korean act to debut at No.1 on the Billboard’s singles chart. The group did not waste time thanking the BTS Army via a tweet.

The late rapper Pop Smoke earned five honours posthumously, including top rap artist and top new artist. Bad Bunny was named top Latin artist with three awards in the off-air category – top Latin song, top Latin male artist and top Latin album.

Drake received the Artist of the Decade Award and came out on stage with his 3-year-old son Adonis Graham to accept his trophy.

Stars like Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Kanye West also won but were not in attendance. Other performers of the night include Bad Bunny, Glass Animals, Twenty One Pilots, The Weeknd and Duran Duran.

See a full list of winners below:

Top Billboard 200 Artist

Drake
Juice WRLD
Pop Smoke
Post Malone
Taylor Swift — WINNER

Top Hot 100 Artist

DaBaby
Drake
Dua Lipa
Pop Smoke
The Weeknd — WINNER

Top Streaming Songs Artist

DaBaby
Drake — WINNER
Lil Baby
Pop Smoke
The Weeknd

Top Song Sales Artist

Justin Bieber
BTS — WINNER
Megan Thee Stallion
Morgan Wallen
The Weeknd

Top Radio Songs Artist

Justin Bieber
Lewis Capaldi
Dua Lipa
Harry Styles
The Weeknd — WINNER

Top Social Artist (Fan Voted)

BLACKPINK
BTS — WINNER
Ariana Grande
SB19
Seventeen

Top R&B Artist

Jhené Aiko
Justin Bieber
Chris Brown
Doja Cat
The Weeknd — WINNER

Top R&B Male Artist

Justin Bieber
Chris Brown
The Weeknd — WINNER

Top R&B Female Artist

Jhené Aiko
Doja Cat — WINNER
SZA

Top Rap Artist

DaBaby
Drake
Juice WRLD
Lil Baby
Pop Smoke — WINNER

Top Rap Male Artist

Juice WRLD
Lil Baby
Pop Smoke — WINNER

Top Rap Female Artist

Cardi B
Megan Thee Stallion — WINNER
Saweetie

Top Country Artist

Gabby Barrett
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Chris Stapleton
Morgan Wallen — WINNER

Top Country Male Artist

Luke Combs
Chris Stapleton
Morgan Wallen — WINNER

Top Country Female Artist

Gabby Barrett — WINNER
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood

Top Country Duo/Group

Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line — WINNER
Maddie & Tae

Top Rock Artist

AC/DC
AJR
Five Finger Death Punch
Machine Gun Kelly — WINNER
Twenty one pilots

Top Latin Artist

Anuel AA
Bad Bunny — WINNER
J Balvin
Maluma
Ozuna

Top Latin Male Artist

Bad Bunny — WINNER
J Balvin
Ozuna

Top Latin Female Artist

Becky G
Karol G — WINNER
Rosalía

Top Latin Duo/Group

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Eslabón Armado — WINNER
Los Dos Carnales

Top Dance/Electronic Artist

The Chainsmokers
Kygo
Lady Gaga — WINNER
Marshmello
Surf Mesa

Top Christian Artist

Casting Crowns
Elevation Worship — WINNER
for KING & COUNTRY
Carrie Underwood
Zach Williams

Top Gospel Artist

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

Top Billboard 200 Album

Juice WRLD, Legends Never Die
Lil Baby, My Turn
Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon — WINNER
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 — WINNER

Top Rap Album

DaBaby, Blame It On 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 — WINNER

Top Country Album

Gabby Barrett, Goldmine
Sam Hunt, Southside
Chris Stapleton, Starting Over
Carrie Underwood, My Gift
Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: The Double Album — WINNER

Top Rock Album

AC/DC, Power Up
Miley Cyrus, Plastic Hearts
Glass Animals, Dreamland
Machine Gun Kelly, Tickets to My Downfall — WINNER
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 — WINNER
J Balvin, Colores

Top Dance/Electronic Album

DJ Snake, Carte Blanche
Gryffin, Gravity
Kygo, Golden Hour
Lady Gaga, Chromatica — WINNER
Kylie Minogue, Disco

Top Christian Album

Bethel Music, Peace
Elevation Worship, Grave Into Gardens
Carrie Underwood, My Gift — WINNER
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 — WINNER
Maverick City Music, Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 2
Kierra Sheard, Kierra

Top Hot 100 Song Presented by Rockstar

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

Top Streaming Song

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP”
DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “ROCKSTAR” — WINNER
Future ft. Drake, “Life Is Good”
Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne, “WHATS POPPIN”
The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”

Top Selling Song

Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, “I Hope”
BTS, “Dynamite” — WINNER
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP”
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé, “Savage”
The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”

Top Radio Song

Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, “I Hope”
Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy”
Dua Lipa, “Don’t Start Now”
Harry Styles, “Adore You”
The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights” — WINNER

Top Collaboration (Fan Voted)

24kGoldn ft. iann dior, “Mood”
Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, “I Hope” — WINNER
Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy”
DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “ROCKSTAR”
Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne, “WHATS POPPIN”

Top R&B Song

Jhené Aiko ft. H.E.R., “B.S.”
Justin Bieber ft. Quavo, “Intentions”
Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy”
Doja Cat, “Say So”
The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights” — WINNER

Top Rap Song

24kGoldn ft. iann dior, “Mood”
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP”
DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “ROCKSTAR” — WINNER
Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne, “WHATS POPPIN”
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé, “Savage”

Top Country Song

Jason Aldean, “Got What I Got”
Gabby Barrett, “I Hope” — WINNER
Lee Brice, “One of Them Girls”
Morgan Wallen, “Chasin’ 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, “Yo Perreo Sola”
Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “Dákiti” — WINNER
Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin, “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)”
Maluma & The Weeknd, “Hawái”
Ozuna x Karol G x Myke Towers, “Caramelo”

Top Dance/Electronic Song

Lady Gaga, “Stupid Love”
Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande, “Rain on Me”
SAINt JHN, “Roses (Imanbek Remix)” — WINNER
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

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 ft. Travis Scott, “Wash Us In The Blood” — WINNER

Main Image Credit: Billboard Music Awards/Twitter; Feature image: BTS_official/Twitter

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