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2021 Billboard Music Awards winners in full

The Weeknd kicked off the 2021 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday evening with the first win of the night for the Top Hot 100 Artist Award.

The ceremony was being hosted by the injured Nick Jonas, who was making his debuting helming it.

Lil Rel Howery presented the first award and joked that he got Glenn Close to do the Butt at the Oscars, so he was going to try to get Barbra Streisand to do the Tootsie Roll if he ran into her tonight.

First win: The Weeknd kicked off the 2021 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday evening with the first win of the night for the Top Hot 100 Artist Award

It was a triumphant win for The Weeknd, who had recently been snubbed by the Grammy Awards after his album After Hours didn’t receive a single nomination.

Since that kerfuffle, he’s decided to boycott the ceremony, and even after the Grammys eliminated some of its secret committees that determine the nominees he kept up his boycott.

The Weeknd took to the stage looking dapper in a black overcoat and tie while sporting a close-cropped beard.  

‘It’s been a dark year and you brought light and escape with your music, genius, brilliance, and you deserve this award just as much as I do, if not more,’ he complimented his fellow nominees, including DaBaby, Drake, Dua Lipa and Pop Smoke.

Out of the dark: 'It's been a dark year and you brought light and escape with your music, genius, brilliance, and you deserve this award just as much as I do, if not more,' he complimented his fellow nominees

Out of the dark: ‘It’s been a dark year and you brought light and escape with your music, genius, brilliance, and you deserve this award just as much as I do, if not more,’ he complimented his fellow nominees

Best of luck: Lil Rel Howery presented the first award and joked that he got Glenn Close to do the Butt at the Oscars, so he was going to try to get Barbra Streisand to do the Tootsie Roll

Best of luck: Lil Rel Howery presented the first award and joked that he got Glenn Close to do the Butt at the Oscars, so he was going to try to get Barbra Streisand to do the Tootsie Roll

Ouch: The host Nick Jonas was soldiering through his hosting job despite recently injury his ribs while filming a new stunt-based show for NBC, which is also broadcasting the Billboard Awards

Ouch: The host Nick Jonas was soldiering through his hosting job despite recently injury his ribs while filming a new stunt-based show for NBC, which is also broadcasting the Billboard Awards

The Weeknd (real name: Abel Tesfaye) also joked that he was happy to be done wearing the red suit he’s worn in almost all of his music videos and performances in the wake of After Hours.

He had already won seven awards prior to the first on-screen award with Top Male Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top R&B Male Artist, Top R&B Album, Top Radio Song, and Top R&B Song.

He’s nominated for an impressive 16 awards total.

The Save Your Tears hitmaker’s acclaimed album After Hours — which was snubbed at the Grammy Awards — is in contention for Top Billboard 200 Album and Top R&B Album.

The 31-year-old megastar is also nominated for Top Male Artist, Top R&B Artist and Top Hot 100 song for Blinding Lights. DaBaby is in the running for 11 awards, while Pop Smoke has posthumously received 10 nominations.

The host Nick Jonas was soldiering through his hosting job despite recently injury his ribs while filming a new stunt-based show for NBC, which is also broadcasting the Billboard Awards.

It’s the first time the 28-year-old singer and actor has hosted the show.

Billboard said in a statement earlier this month: ‘This is Jonas’ first time as host of the Billboard Music Awards, which is two years older than he is. (He’s 28; the show launched 30 years ago).

‘But he’s had lots of awards show experience, including teaming with his wife, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, to announce this year’s Oscar nominations.’

Kicking off in style: The ceremony opened with Doja Cat and SZA putting on a candy-colored performance of their song Kiss Me More

Kicking off in style: The ceremony opened with Doja Cat and SZA putting on a candy-colored performance of their song Kiss Me More

Eye-catching: SZA showed off a striking yellow wig with jeweled-covered lingerie

Eye-catching: SZA showed off a striking yellow wig with jeweled-covered lingerie

Already a winner: Doja Cat won Top R&B Female Artist before the broadcast even began

Already a winner: Doja Cat won Top R&B Female Artist before the broadcast even began

Nick — who is taking over from Kelly Clarkson as presenter — joked: ‘Truly an honor to have already received the first preemptive 2021 #BBMAs award. Best host ever?! Wow! Tune-in May 23rd at 8pm ET/5pm PT on @NBC.’ 

The ceremony opened with Doja Cat and SZA putting on a candy-colored performance of their song Kiss Me More.

Doja Cat won Top R&B Female Artist before the broadcast even began. 

BTS was the next winner of the night for Top Selling Song with its hit single Dynamite.

The K-pop group were featured virtually from Seoul. ‘Thank you for the top-selling song award, which is amazing and huge it’s really an honor to be the winner of such a significant title. We want to share some fresh energy with everyone through Dynamite. We think with this award, we achieved that goal,’ members of the band said.

Top Country Female Artist went to Gabby Barrett, who had already won Top Country Song for her single I Hope and was clearly emotional.

Overcome with emotion: Top Country Female Artist went to Gabby Barrett, who had already won Top Country Song for her single I Hope and was clearly emotional. She was dressed in a stunning rippling gold gown

Overcome with emotion: Top Country Female Artist went to Gabby Barrett, who had already won Top Country Song for her single I Hope and was clearly emotional. She was dressed in a stunning rippling gold gown

Alicia Keys put on a show-stopping performance with a medley from her debut album, Songs In A Minor. 

She was dressed in double denim featuring an acid-wash jacket with flared shoulder pads as she belted out her earliest hits, including probably her most popular song, Fallin’. 

Next up was Master Of None star Lena Waithe presenting the award for Top Latin Artist to Bad Bunny, who had already won several trophies.

He wore a chic studded leather duster and gave his acceptance speech in Spanish. 

Modern classic: Alicia Keys put on a show-stopping performance with a medley from her debut album, Songs In A Minor

Modern classic: Alicia Keys put on a show-stopping performance with a medley from her debut album, Songs In A Minor

Tickling the ivory: She was dressed in double denim featuring an acid-wash jacket with flared shoulder pads as she belted out her earliest hits, including probably her most popular song, Fallin'

Tickling the ivory: She was dressed in double denim featuring an acid-wash jacket with flared shoulder pads as she belted out her earliest hits, including probably her most popular song, Fallin’

Latin nominees: Next up was Master Of None star Lena Waithe presenting the award for Top Latin Artist to Bad Bunny, who had already won several trophies

Latin nominees: Next up was Master Of None star Lena Waithe presenting the award for Top Latin Artist to Bad Bunny, who had already won several trophies

Speaking to his fans: Bad Bunny wore a chic studded leather duster and gave his acceptance speech in Spanish

Speaking to his fans: Bad Bunny wore a chic studded leather duster and gave his acceptance speech in Spanish

One of the evening’s honorary awards, the Icon Award, was presented to Pink by her good friend Jon Bon Jovi.

The 59-year-old rocker looked youthful with his shaggy hair, wide grin and a cool leather jacket.

Pink put on a sweet performance of her recent song Cover Me In Sunshine, which she duets on with her daughter Willow Sage Hart.

The lovely number featured her and Willow suspending themselves from ropes and doing acrobatics in front of a projected moon. 

The singer eschewed her biggest hits at first in favor of songs that showed off her softer side, though that all changed with the first strains of Get The Party Started.

She wore a platinum mohawk with a black sheer dress and a cropped biker jacket. 

 

Too cool for school: One of the evening's honorary awards, the Icon Award, was presented to Pink by her good friend Jon Bon Jovi. The 59-year-old rocker looked youthful with his shaggy hair, wide grin and a cool leather jacket

Too cool for school: One of the evening’s honorary awards, the Icon Award, was presented to Pink by her good friend Jon Bon Jovi. The 59-year-old rocker looked youthful with his shaggy hair, wide grin and a cool leather jacket

Family: Pink put on a sweet performance of her recent song Cover Me In Sunshine, which she duets on with her daughter Willow Sage Hart

Family: Pink put on a sweet performance of her recent song Cover Me In Sunshine, which she duets on with her daughter Willow Sage Hart

Striking: The lovely number featured her and Willow suspending themselves from ropes and doing acrobatics in front of a projected moon

Striking: The lovely number featured her and Willow suspending themselves from ropes and doing acrobatics in front of a projected moon

Letting loose: The singer eschewed her biggest hits at first in favor of songs that showed off her softer side, though that all changed with the first strains of Get The Party Started

Letting loose: The singer eschewed her biggest hits at first in favor of songs that showed off her softer side, though that all changed with the first strains of Get The Party Started

In her acceptance speech, Pink joked that she tore up Bon Jovi’s poster on his wall and replaced it with Sebastian Bach after he married his longtime wife Dorothea Hurley in 1989.

Lil Baby spoke virtually from the studio to announce the nominees for Top Hot 100 Song, though Nick Jonas announced it back on stage.

The Weeknd was triumphant once again. ‘I want to talk to my fans,’ he began.

‘I want to thank everyone involved in making this magical song. I want to thank my fans, of course. You guys make me want to do this forever,’ he said. ‘I love you so much and I just want to say the after hours are done and the dawn is coming.’ 

Karol G, who won the award for Top Latin Female Artist before the broadcast, gave her debut performance at the ceremony while dancing atop a Hummer in a white crop top and matching jeans, plus teal hair.

Having a laugh: In her acceptance speech, Pink joked that she tore up Bon Jovi's poster on his wall and replaced it with Sebastian Bach after he married his longtime wife Dorothea Hurley in 1989

Having a laugh: In her acceptance speech, Pink joked that she tore up Bon Jovi’s poster on his wall and replaced it with Sebastian Bach after he married his longtime wife Dorothea Hurley in 1989

Laying down a track: Lil Baby spoke virtually from the studio to announce the nominees for Top Hot 100 Song, though Nick Jonas announced it back on stage

Laying down a track: Lil Baby spoke virtually from the studio to announce the nominees for Top Hot 100 Song, though Nick Jonas announced it back on stage

Back again: The Weeknd was triumphant once again and addressed his fans

Back again: The Weeknd was triumphant once again and addressed his fans

First time: Karol G, who won the award for Top Latin Female Artist before the broadcast, gave her debut performance at the ceremony while dancing atop a Hummer in a white crop top and matching jeans, plus teal hair

First time: Karol G, who won the award for Top Latin Female Artist before the broadcast, gave her debut performance at the ceremony while dancing atop a Hummer in a white crop top and matching jeans, plus teal hair

The producer and occasional hype man Swizz Beatz was up next with a short tribute to his friend DMX, who died last month, reportedly of a heart attack brought on by a drug overdose.

He presented the award for Top Rap Song to DaBaby for his single ROCKSTAR, which features Roddy Ricch.

DaBaby accepted the award and turned toward the audience and away from the cameras at first to give them a better view. He celebrated the song becoming the ‘longest-running number one’ single on the Billboard charts for 2020.

Tina Knowles introduced the rapper and activist Trae tha Truth for the second-annual Billboard Change Maker Award, after Killer Mike won the inaugural award the year before.

A video featuring Trae showed his activism as he led huge crowds protesting police brutality and systemic racism. 

‘Coming from where I come from, nothing was ever promised,’ he said. ‘I said if I ever got in this position, I’d be there for those in need. Whether it be assisting little homies in music, assisting people in need of relief or whether just fighting on the front line for those who can’t fight for themselves.’

He concluded with thanks for Beyoncé and her mother Tina, whom he said calls him a superhero, before calling for justice for Breonna Taylor.

Remembrance: The producer and occasional hype man Swizz Beatz was up next with a short tribute to his friend DMX, who died last month, reportedly of a heart attack brought on by a drug overdose

Remembrance: The producer and occasional hype man Swizz Beatz was up next with a short tribute to his friend DMX, who died last month, reportedly of a heart attack brought on by a drug overdose

Putting on a show: He presented the award for Top Rap Song to DaBaby for ROCKSTAR, which features Roddy Ricch. DaBaby accepted the award and turned toward the audience and away from the cameras at first to give them a better view

Putting on a show: He presented the award for Top Rap Song to DaBaby for ROCKSTAR, which features Roddy Ricch. DaBaby accepted the award and turned toward the audience and away from the cameras at first to give them a better view

Meghan Thee Stallion has landed nine nods, including Top Rap Song and Top Selling Song for Savage. 

The Hot Girl Summer hitmaker will be competing against herself in the two categories, as her Cardi B collaboration ‘WAP’ is also nominated for the two awards.

That song sat out the nominations at this year’s Grammys ceremony in favor of waiting until Cardi includes it on her upcoming album. 

Taylor Swift — who is up for four prizes in total — will go head-to-head with The Weeknd’s After Hours Lil Baby’s My Turn and the late Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die for Top Billboard 200 Album.

And the coveted Top Artist prize will either go to Drake, Juice WRLD, Pop Smoke, Taylor Swift or The Weeknd.

2021 BILLBOARD AWARD NOMINEES

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’ — WINNER

 

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’ — 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’ — WINNER

Bad Bunny ‘YHLQMDLG’

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 ‘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’

 

Top Rap Song

24kGoldn ft. iann dior ‘Mood’

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion ‘WAP’

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch ‘ROCKSTAR’

Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne ‘WHATS POPPIN’

Megan Thee Stallion ‘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

 

Top Gospel Artist

Kirk Franklin

Koryn Hawthorne

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Maverick City Music

Kanye West — WINNER

 

 

 Top Artist

 Drake

Juice WRLD

Pop Smoke

Taylor Swift

The Weeknd

Top New Artist

Gabby Barrett

Doja Cat

Jack Harlow

Pop Smoke — WINNER

Rod Wave 

 

Top Male Artist

Drake

Juice WRLD

Lil Baby

Pop Smoke

The Weeknd — WINNER

 

Top Female Artist

Billie Eilish

Ariana Grande

Dua Lipa

Megan Thee Stallion

Taylor Swift — WINNER

 

Top Duo/Group

AC/DC

AJR

BTS — WINNER

Dan + Shay

Maroon 5

 

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 — WINNER

BTS

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 Radio Songs Artist 

Jhené Aiko

Justin Bieber

Chris Brown

Doja Cat

The Weeknd

 

 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

 

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

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  

 

 

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