Billboard Music Awards

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Billboard Music Awards
Current: 2022 Billboard Music Awards
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Awarded forOutstanding chart performance
CountryUnited States
Presented byBillboard
First awardedDecember 10, 1990; 31 years ago (1990-12-10)
Websitebillboardmusicawards.com
Television/radio coverage
NetworkFox (1990–2006)
ABC (2011–2017)
NBC (2018–present)
Most recent Billboard Music Award winners
← 2021 May 15, 2022 2023 →
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Award Top Artist & Top Male Artist Top Female Artist, Top New Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album & Top Hot 100 Artist Top Duo/Group
Winner Drake Olivia Rodrigo (Sour) BTS
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Award Top Billboard 200 Artist Top Hot 100 Song
Winner Taylor Swift The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber
("Stay")

Previous Top Artist

The Weeknd

Top Artist

Drake

The Billboard Music Awards are honors given out annually by Billboard, a publication covering the music business and a music popularity chart. The Billboard Music Awards show has been held annually since 1990, with the exception of the years 2007 through 2010. The event was formerly staged in December[1] but since returning in 2011, it has been held in May.[2]

Awards process[edit]

Unlike other awards, such as the Grammy Award, which determine nominations as a result of the highest votes received by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on album and digital songs sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring, and social engagement. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including MRC Data and Next Big Sound. The 2018 awards were based on the reporting period of April 8, 2017 through March 31, 2018.[3] Awards are given for the top album, artist and single in a number of different music genres.

Awards[edit]

Year Date Venue City Host(s) TV network Ref.
1990 December 10 Barker Hangar Santa Monica Paul Shaffer & Morris Day with Jerome Benton Fox [4]
1991 December 9 Paul Shaffer [5]
1992 December 8 Universal Amphitheater Los Angeles Phil Collins [6]
1993 December 8 [7]
1994 December 7 Dennis Miller and Heather Locklear [8]
1995 December 6 New York Coliseum New York City Jon Stewart [9]
1996 December 4 Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas Chris Rock [10]
1997 December 8 MGM Grand Garden Arena David Spade [11]
1998 December 7 Kathy Griffin and Andy Dick [12]
1999 December 8 Kathy Griffin and Adam Carolla [13]
2000 December 5 Kathy Griffin and NSYNC [14]
2001 December 4 Bernie Mac [15]
2002 December 9 Cedric the Entertainer [16]
2003 December 10 Ryan Seacrest with Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson [17]
2004 December 8 Ryan Seacrest [18]
2005 December 6 LL Cool J [19]
2006 December 4 [20]
Not held in 2007–2010
2011 May 22 MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas Ken Jeong ABC [21]
2012 May 20 Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell [22]
2013 May 19 Tracy Morgan [23]
2014 May 18 Ludacris [24]
2015 May 17 Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen [25]
2016 May 22 T-Mobile Arena Ludacris and Ciara [26]
2017 May 21 Ludacris and Vanessa Hudgens [27]
2018 May 20 MGM Grand Garden Arena Kelly Clarkson NBC [28]
2019 May 1 [29]
2020 October 14 Dolby Theatre Los Angeles
2021 May 23 Microsoft Theater Nick Jonas
2022 May 15 MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas Sean "Diddy" Combs

Categories[edit]

From 1989 to 2006, the show had the same categories and category names every year. In 2011, for the first time, all of the awards were renamed to "Top [award title]". The "of the year" portion of each category title no longer exists, and many of the awards have been further renamed. Other awards, including both "crossover" awards (No. 1 Classical Crossover Artist and No. 1 Classical Crossover Album) were discontinued. As of 2017, there are two fan-voted categories.

Current categories[edit]

The general categories are Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Hot 100 Song and Top New Artist. These categories highlighted in each award and other categories are divided by genre.

Retired categories (1990–2017)[edit]

  • Top Alternative Album
  • Top Alternative Artist
  • Top Alternative Song
  • Top Classical Crossover Artist
  • Top Classical Crossover Album
  • Top Country Collaboration (2017)
  • Top Dance Artist (until 2013)
  • Top Dance Album (until 2013)
  • Top Dance Song (until 2013)
  • Top Digital Media Artist (until 2012)
  • Top Digital Songs Artist (until 2015)
  • Top Digital Song (until 2015)
  • Top EDM Artist (until 2013)
  • Top EDM Album (until 2013)
  • Top EDM Song (until 2013)
  • Top Independent Artists
  • Top Independent Album
  • Top Modern Rock Artist
  • Top Modern Rock Track
  • Top New Male Artist
  • Top New Female Artist
  • Top New Group/Band
  • Top New Song
  • Top Pop Song (until 2013)
  • Top Pop Album (until 2013)
  • Top Pop Artist (until 2013)
  • Top Pop Punk Artist
  • Top Rap Artist (until 2017)
  • Top R&B Collaboration (2017)
  • Top Rap Collaboration (2017)
  • Top Rhythmic Top 40 Title
  • Top Selling Single
  • Top Soundtrack Single of the Year
  • Milestone Award (2013, 2014)

Special awards[edit]

Most wins[edit]

The record for most Billboard Music Awards won is held by Drake with 34 awards.

The record for most Billboard Music Awards won by a female artist is held by Taylor Swift who has won 29 awards. The record for most Billboard Music Awards won by a group is held by BTS who have won 12 awards.[57]

Rank Artist Number of awards
1 Drake 34
2 Taylor Swift 29
3 Justin Bieber 26
4 The Weeknd 20
5 Garth Brooks 19
6 Adele 18
Usher
7 Eminem 17
Kanye West
8 Whitney Houston 16
9 Mariah Carey 15
10 Beyoncé 13
50 Cent
11 BTS 12
Carrie Underwood
George Michael
Rihanna
R.Kelly
12 Destiny's Child 11
Janet Jackson
Mary J. Blige
13 Imagine Dragons 10
Lady Gaga
Post Malone

Most Wins in a single ceremony

Adele got most wins by a female artist in one ceremony.
Rank Artist Most wins
1 Drake 13
2 Adele 12
Drake
3 Whitney Houston 11

Performances[edit]

Year Performers (chronologically)
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Broadcast[edit]

Since its inception (created by Rick Garson, Paul Flattery & Jim Yukich), the BMAs had been telecast on the Fox network; however due to contractual expirations and other unforeseen circumstances, the awards were cancelled for 2007. Plans for a new version of the awards in 2008 (in association with AEG Live) fell through, and the BMAs were not held until 2011.

On February 17, 2011, Billboard announced that it would bring the BMAs back to television, moving from its original home on Fox to its new network, ABC, on May 22, 2011.[58] A new award statuette was created by New York firm Society Awards. Dick Clark Productions, which is co-owned with Billboard, began producing the ceremony in 2014.[59] On November 28, 2017, it was announced that the Billboard Music Awards would be moving from ABC to NBC beginning in 2018 under a multi-year contract.[60]

The 2020 ceremony, originally scheduled for April 29, was postponed indefinitely on March 17 due to coronavirus-related public assembly concerns.[61] On August 14, 2020, it was announced that the 2020 ceremony had been rescheduled to October 14.

Ratings[edit]

Year Day Date Network 18–49 rating Viewers
(in millions)
Ref.
Rating Share
1990 Monday December 10 Fox 14.50 [62]
1991 December 9 11.60 [63]
1992 Wednesday December 9 15.00 [64]
1993 December 8 14.00 [65]
1994 December 7 11.10 [66]
1995 December 6 12.10 [67]
1996 December 4 11.60 [68]
1997 Monday December 8 12.81 [69]
1998 December 7 11.36 [70]
1999 Wednesday December 8 12.12 [71]
2000 Tuesday December 5 5.4 14 11.43 [72][73]
2001 December 4 5.6 15 11.70 [74]
2002 Monday December 9 4.3 11 9.36 [75][76]
2003 Wednesday December 10 4.6 12 9.81 [74]
2004 December 8 3.1 8 6.87 [74]
2005 Tuesday December 6 3.1 8 6.38 [74]
2006 Monday December 4 2.7 7 6.09 [74]
2007–2010 Not held
2011 Sunday May 22 ABC 3.0 8 7.88 [77]
2012 May 20 2.7 7 7.40 [78]
2013 May 19 3.5 10 9.48 [79]
2014 May 18 3.5 10 10.50 [80]
2015 May 17 3.8 12 11.18 [81]
2016 May 22 3.2 10 9.76 [82][83]
2017 May 21 2.6 9 8.70 [84][83]
2018 May 20 NBC 2.4 9 7.87 [85][86]
2019 Wednesday May 1 2.1 10 8.01 [87]
2020 October 14 0.8 5 3.71 [88]
2021 Sunday May 23 0.7 4 2.77 [89]
2022 May 15 0.7 6 2.56 [90]

See also[edit]

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