The Weeknd Leads 2021 Billboard Music Awards Finalists

After being snubbed by the Grammys, R&B superstar The Weeknd lead the nominees for this year’s Billboard Music Awards.

The Weeknd leads the pack as a finalist in 16 categories, including Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, and Top Song Sales Artist.

His 2020 album After Hours received multiple nods, including Top Billboard 200 Album and Top R&B Album, with the hit single “Blinding Lights” recognized in five categories.

DaBaby is the second-top finalist with 11 nominations, including for Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Rap Artist, and Top Rap Album categories. He is also a multi-finalist in the Top Streaming Song category for “Rockstar” and “Whats Poppin.”

Late rappers Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD received 10 nominations and seven nominations, respectively.

“I Hope” singer Gabby Barrett is a first-time finalist and achieved nods in nine categories, including Top New Artist, becoming the female artist with the most nods this year.

Megan Thee Stallion is the female artist with the second-most nominations this year with seven, including for Top Female Artist and Top Rap Female Artist.

The 2021 BBMAs honor the most successful artists in 51 categories across all genres of music based on the chart period of March 21, 2020 through April 3, 2021.

The event will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 23 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC.

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