Billboard Music Awards 2021: how to watch, who's performing and the nominations

Everything you need to know about the Billboard Music Awards 2021

Recording artist Nick Jonas attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada
(Image credit: Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

The Billboard Music Awards 2021 are taking place this weekend, with all of our favorite music stars gathering to celebrate the biggest chart successes of the past year. 

As always, you can expect an exciting night full of iconic red carpet looks, star-studded guests and presenters, and of course, some special performances. Live music, we've missed you! 

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the show, including the nominees, performers, who's hosting, and most importantly, how to watch. 

When and where are the Billboard Music Awards 2021? 

The BMAs are taking place this Sunday, May 23, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony kicks off at 8 pm, ET/5 pm PT but all the action from the E! red carpet is starts streaming at 6:30 pm, ET/3:30 pm PT. 

Who is hosting the Billboard Music Awards 2021?

For the past three years, the show has been hosted by Kelly Clarkson but this year, her The Voice co-star Nick Jonas will be doing the honors for the first time. The singer shared a cute promo video for the show on Twitter, preemptively crowning himself 'best host ever'. We can't wait to watch him entertain the crowd! 

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How can I watch the Billboard Music Awards online in the US and Canada? 

In the US, the Billboard Music Awards 2021 are airing live on NBC Sunday 23 May so, if you're in the US and have a cable subscription, all you have to do is tune in at 8 pm.  The BMAs will also be streaming live on Peacock TV

If you've cut the cord, and don't have a cable subscription you can still catch the show on a streaming TV service like: Sling TV or fuboTV, which make it simple and quick to sign up. Sling TV has a great offer for new subscribers—just $10 for the first month.  FuboTV's package is pricer ($65 per month) but, for that, you get a great bundle of local and cable channels and, helpfully, it offers a free seven day trial—so you can check it out before making the commitment!  Viewers in one of the 33 regions that locast (not-for-profit broadcaster) streams to can watch along for free. 

Canadians get to watch the show live on CTV—the network will be broadcasting from  8 pm.

How can I watch the Billboard Music Awards online from anywhere?

If you're away from home and the Billboard Music Awards aren't being aired, you can still watch along with everyone else by accessing the streaming services you already pay for.

For that, you'll need a VPN—a handy piece of software that allows you to set your mobile or laptop to your home location. The VPN we recommend is ExpressVPN. It's simple to set up, with a choice of subscription plans (starting at £9.47 for the single month plan) and, best of all, it has a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Who's performing at the Billboard Music Awards 2021?

As well as hosting the show, Nick Jonas will be hitting the stage with the Jonas Brothers to perform live on the night. 80s pop band Duran Duran will also make a special virtual appearance—performing live from London—while The Weeknd, P!nk, and Twenty-One Pilots will all perform live, in Los Angeles. 

One of the most highly-anticipated performances for fans will be BTS—set to storm the stage with their new single Butter. The super seven broke yet another record (their own, obvs) with the video release for Butter—hit over 110 MILLION views on YouTube in just 24 hours....We stan and we really can't wait! 

Who is nominated at the Billboard Music Awards 2021?

The Weeknd at the Super Bowl half-time show February 7 2021

(Image credit: Getty/ CBS Photo Archive )

The Weeknd dominates the nominations with nods in 16 categories including Top Artist, Top Male Artist, and Top 100—hopefully it makes up for his Grammys snub. DaBaby has received 11 nominations, including double appearances in 'Top streaming song' and 'Top collaboration'. Meanwhile, the late rapper Pop Smoke is close behind with 10 nominations—including two for his album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, which was released posthumously.

P!nk is set to receive the receive the Icon Award, while Drake is being honored, this year, with Billboard's Artist of the Decade—we're sure he'll be in his feelings about that.

Billboard Music Awards 2021: FULL LIST OF NOMINATIONS

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 Hot 100 Artist
DaBaby
Drake
Dua Lipa
Pop Smoke
The Weeknd 

Top Billboard 200 Artist
Drake
Juice WRLD
Pop Smoke
Post Malone
Taylor Swift

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 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 Female Rap 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 Social Artist (Fan Voted)
BLACKPINK
BTS
Ariana Grande
SB19
Seventeen

ALBUM AWARDS

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 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

SONG AWARDS

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"

Top Streaming Song
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion — "WAP"
DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch — "ROCKSTAR"
Future ft. Drake — "Life Is Good"
Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne — "WHATS POPPIN"

Top Selling Song
Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth — "I Hope"
BTS — "Dynamite"
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"

Top Collaboration (Fan Voted)
24kGoldn ft. iann dior — "Mood"
Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth — "I Hope"
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"
Lee Brice — "One of Them Girls"
Morgan Wallen — "Chasin' You"
Morgan Wallen — "More Than My Hometown"

Top Rock Song
AJR — "Bang!"
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"
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)"
Surf Mesa ft. Emilee — "ily (i love you baby)"
Topic & A7S — "Breaking Me"

Top Christian Song
Elevation Worship ft. Brandon Lake — "Graves Into Gardens"
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"

How can I watch the Billboard Music Awards online in the US? 

How can I watch the Billboard Music Awards online in the US?