The Weeknd Leads The 2021 Billboard Music Award Finalists With 16 Nods

Written by Greg Lewis

It’s that time of the year again!

The 2021 Billboard Music Awards ceremony is produced by dick clark productions and scheduled to air live Sunday, May 23 at 8 pm ET/ 5 pm PT on NBC. 

According to Billboard, The Weeknd is going into the 2021 Billboard Award ceremony leading the pack with 16 Billboard nominations. The Canadian vocalist picked up 16 nods, including Top Artist, Top Male Artist, and Top Hot 100 Artist.

Rapper, Da Baby, comes in second place following The Weeknd with 11 nominations. North Carolina’s native son is competing in BBMA categories such as Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Rap Artist, and Top Rap Album.

It was reported that DaBaby’s Blame It On Baby was listed in the Top Rap Album category. That 2020 project is vying for the trophy against Juice Wrld’s Legends Never Die, Lil Baby’s My Turn, Lil Uzi Vert’s Eternal Atake, and Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon.

In other exciting news, Bronx native, Cardi B will be defending her billboard title for Top Rap Female Artist against her opponents, Megan Thee Stallion and Saweetie.

According to All Hip-Hop, Five records are up for Top Rap Song. 24kGoldn’s “Mood” featuring Iann Dior, Cardi B’s “WAP” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby’s “Rockstar” featuring Roddy Ricch, Jack Harlow’s “Whats Poppin” featuring DaBaby, Tory Lanez & Lil Wayne, and Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” are finalists in that section.

Megan The Stallion has the second most nominations out of all the female acts following Cardi B with 7 nominations for the night.

Finalists for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards are based on the chart period of March 21, 2020 through April 3, 2021. Winners are determined by album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, and social engagement which are tracked by Billboard and its data partners like MRC Data.

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