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2021 Billboard Music Awards: These Are The Nominees

2021 Billboard Music Awards: These Are The Nominees
April 30, 2021 - 17:25 / Hayley Paskevich

On Thursday, the nominees for this year's Billboard Music Awards were officially announced! All but two of the awards are based on chart performance rather than votes, and one nominee has been shut out from the ceremony. Find out which chart-topping artists are up for awards this year!

The 2021 Billboard Music Awards will be taking place next month, and now the full list of nominees has been revealed! The list of chart-topping artists who have qualified for awards was released on Thursday. Only two of the categories— Top Social Artist and Top Collaboration— are decided by votes. And on Friday, it was announced that Nick Jonas will be hosting the ceremony this year!

Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd leads the pack with an impressive 16 nominations. Rapper DaBaby and breakout country star Gabby Barrett are also top contenders, with 11 and 9 nominations respectively. While country singer Morgan Wallen has multiple nominations, he will not be recognized during the ceremony due to his objectionable behaviour last year.

The singer broke COVID-19 protocols before he was set to appear on SNL and was caught on video using a racial slur, which caused his label to drop him. Dick Clark Productions has released a statement explaining that Wallen "is a finalist this year based on charting," but the 2021 BMAs "will not be including him on the show in any capacity."

Here is the full list of nominees for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards!

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 

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TOP DUO/GROUP

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

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ARTIST

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

TOP HOT 100 ARTIST

  • DaBaby
  • Drake
  • Dua Lipa
  • Pop Smoke
  • The Weeknd 

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 

The Weeknd performs during the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

TOP SOCIAL ARTIST (FAN VOTED)

  • BLACKPINK
  • BTS
  • Ariana Grande
  • SB19
  • Seventeen 

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 RAP FEMALE 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

Gabby Barrett in 2018 on American Idol

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
  • J Balvin
  • Ozuna 

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 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

Taylor Swift poses backstage at iHeartRadio's Z100 Jingle Ball 2019.

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

Miley Cyrus performing at the Sunny Hill Festival in Pristina, 2019

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

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"
  • The Weeknd - "Blinding Lights"

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" 

Megan Thee Stallion performs onstage during the EA Sports Bowl at Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest on January 30, 2020.

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"

Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga perform during the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards.

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"

The 2021 Billboard Music Awards are set to take place on Sunday, May 23 at 8 PM ET, broadcast live from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California. As per usual, they will also feature performances from several of the year's nominated artists— a lineup which is yet to be announced!