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Full List of Nominees for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards Revealed

Afouda Bamidele
May 01, 2021
04:40 A.M.
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The complete list of nominees for the upcoming 2021 Billboard Music Awards has been released to the delight of fans. Singer The Weeknd tops the list with 16 nominations.


Ahead of the 2021 Billboard Music Awards on May 24, 2021, the full list of the finalists was released on Thursday. The Weeknd took the lead with a total of 16 nominations in major categories like Top Male Artist and Top Artist.

The pop singer was followed closely by rapper Da Baby who has 11 nominations. Country singer Gabby Barrett comes third, and she is the female artist with the most nods.

Singer The Weeknd performs onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images


For the Top Artist category, The Weeknd is going head-to-head with Taylor Swift, Drake, and late rappers Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD. Barrett competes with Doja Cat, Rod Wave, Jack Harlow, and Smoke in the Top New Artist category.

The Top Male Artist mirrors the Top Artist category, with Lil Baby replacing Swift. As for the female category, the nominees include Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, Megan Thee Stallion, and Swift.


For the Top Duo category, the competitors are Maroon 5, BTS, Dan + Shay, AC/DC, and AJR. The Top Hot 100 Artist finalists include DaBaby, Drake, Lipa, The Weeknd, and the late Smoke.

The Weeknd’s victory with the Billboard nominations come shortly after [he] was snubbed the 2021 Grammys.


The nominees for the Top Billboard 200 category are Post Malone, Drake, Swift, Juice WRLD, and Pop Smoke. For Top R&B Artist, Chris Brown, Doja Cat, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, and Jhené Aiko.

The male and female categories both feature three nominees. Bieber, Brown, and The Weeknd are in the run for the former, while SZA, Aiko, and Doja Cat are vying for the latter.


The finalists for Top Rap Artist include DaBaby, Drake, Juice WRLD, Lil Baby, and Pop Smoke. For the female category, Saweetie, Cardi B, and Megan Thee Stallion are in the run. 

Pop Smoke, Juice WRLD and Lil Baby, are the nominees for the male rap category. For the Top Country Artist, Barrett, Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, Chris Stapleton, and Kane Brown are the nominees.


Stapleton, Combs, and Wallen are in the running for the male category, while Barrett, Maren Morris, and Carrie Underwood are competing for the female category. Florida George Line, Dan + Shay, and Maddie &Tae are finalists for the duo category.

The complete list of all the artists, songs, and albums nominated can be seen here. The Weeknd’s victory with the Billboard nominations come shortly after the “Blinding Lights” crooner was snubbed the 2021 Grammys.


However, the renowned singer experienced a victory soon, leading the nods for the iHeartRadio Music Awards with a total of eight nominations. The Weeknd undoubtedly had an eventful 2020.

Amid the pandemic, the Canadian singer successfully released his fourth studio album, “After Hours,” which sold over 2 million copies. He also headlined the Super Bowl Halftime Show in February.