The Weeknd Dominates 2021 Billboard Music Awards With 16 Nominations

The 'Blinding Lights' hitmaker leads the nominees for the upcoming Billboard Music Awards by grabbing a total of 16 nods including the coveted title of Top Artist.

AceShowbiz - R&B star The Weeknd will be the artist to beat at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards after landing a total of 16 nominations.

The singer will compete for prizes including Top Artist and Top Male Artist, with both categories featuring The Weeknd pitted against Drake, Juice WRLD, and Pop Smoke.

Rapper DaBaby is the second most-nominated with 11 nods, ahead of the late Pop Smoke with 10.

Leading the female artists are Gabby Barrett and Megan Thee Stallion with nine and seven mentions, respectively.

Drake is on course to make Billboard history at the ceremony if he emerges triumphant in any of the seven categories he is shortlisted for, as he is already the artist with the most wins of all time with 27 gongs to his name.

Meanwhile, disgraced country star Morgan Wallen is in the running for six categories thanks to the huge success of his recent release, "Dangerous: The Double Album", but he won't be invited to participate in the ceremony due to the N-word controversy which derailed his rising career in late January (21).

"Morgan Wallen is a finalist this year based on charting," reads a statement issued by producers at dick clark productions. "As his recent conduct does not align with our core values, we will not be including him on the show in any capacity (performing, presenting, accepting)."

"It is heartening and encouraging to hear that Morgan is taking steps in his anti-racist journey and starting to do some meaningful work. We plan to evaluate his progress and will consider his participation in future shows."

The winners, based on U.S. chart data, will be unveiled at a televised event in Los Angeles on 23 May (21).

The full list of nominees is:

Top Artist:

Top New Artist:

Top Male Artist:

Top Female Artist:

Top Duo/Group:

Top Billboard 200 Artist:

Top Hot 100 Artist:

Top Streaming Songs Artist:

Top Song Sales Artist:

Top Radio Songs Artist:

Top Social Artist (Fan Voted):

Top R&B Artist:

Top R&B Male Artist:

Top R&B Female Artist:

Top Rap Artist:

Top Rap Male Artist:

Top Rap Female Artist:

Top Country Artist:

Top Country Male Artist:

Top Country Female Artist:

Top Country Duo/Group:

Top Rock Artist:

Top Latin Artist:

Top Latin Male Artist:

Top Latin Female Artist:

Top Latin Duo/Group:

  • Banda MS de Sergio Lizarraga
  • Eslabon Armado
  • Los Dos Carnales

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:

Top Christian Artist:

Top Gospel Artist:

Top Billboard 200 Album:

Top R&B Album:

Top Rap Album:

Top Country Album:

Top Rock Album:

Top Latin Album:

Top Dance/Electronic Album:

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:

Top Streaming Song:

Top Selling Song:

Top Radio Song:

Top Collaboration (Fan Voted):

Top R&B Song:

Top Rap Song:

Top Country Song:

Top Rock Song:

Top Latin Song:

Top Dance/Electronic Song:

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:

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