Entertainment Music The Weeknd, DaBaby, Gabby Barrett and Megan Thee Stallion Lead 2021 Billboard Music Awards Nominations The 2021 Billboard Music Awards will air live on Sunday, May 23 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC. By Tomás Mier Published on April 29, 2021 12:00 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images; Steven Ferdman/Getty Images; Terry Wyatt/ACMA2021/Getty Images; Taylor Hill/FilmMagic Get ready for a star-studded night! On Thursday, the Billboard Music Awards announced its group of 2021 nominees, led by The Weeknd with 16 nod, followed by rapper DaBaby with 11 nominations and the late Pop Smoke with 10 nods. Gabby Barrett and Megan Thee Stallion are the two women nominees with the most nominations with nine and seven nominations, respectively. This year's awards show is based on chart data from March 21, 2020 through April 3, 2021 with winners based on "key fan interactions with music," including song sales, streaming and social engagement. Meanwhile the top social artist and top collaboration categories are fan-voted. Some artists could make history this year. Drake — the artist with the most wins of all time with 27 — could break his own record since he's nominated in seven categories. 2021 Billboard Music Awards Set to Air in May Taylor Swift, who's nominated in four categories, could tie with Drake if she were to win her four awards in the top artist, female artist, Billboard 200 artist and album categories. (She currently has 23 BBMAs.) Meanwhile, The Weeknd or Justin Bieber could reach the No. 2 spot if they were to sweep in their categories. And, if The Weeknd wins 13 of his 16 nods, he could surpass or tie Drake's record of 13 wins in a single night. Bad Bunny, who racked up seven nominations, is up three times in the top Latin album award for El Último Tour Del Mundo, las que no iban a salir and YHLQMDLG. Check out the fill list of Billboard Music Awards nominees below, Top Artist Drake Juice WRLD Pop Smoke Taylor Swift The Weeknd Top New Artist Gabby BarrettDoja CatJack HarlowPop SmokeRod Wave Top Male Artist DrakeJuice WRLDLil BabyPop SmokeThe Weeknd Top Female Artist Billie Eilish Ariana Grande Dua Lipa Megan Thee Stallion Taylor Swift Top Duo/Group AC/DCAJRBTSDan + ShayMaroon 5 Top Billboard 200 Artist Drake Juice WRLD Pop Smoke Post Malone Taylor Swift Top Hot 100 Artist DaBabyDrakeDua LipaPop SmokeThe Weeknd Top Streaming Songs Artist DaBabyDrakeLil BabyPop SmokeThe 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 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 AikoDoja CatSZA Top Rap Artist DaBabyDrakeJuice WRLDLil BabyPop Smoke Top Rap Male Artist Juice WRLDLil BabyPop 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 CombsChris StapletonMorgan Wallen Top Country Female Artist Gabby Barrett Maren Morris Carrie Underwood Top Country Duo/Group Dan + Shay Florida Georgia Line Maddie & Tae Top Rock Artist AC/DCAJRFive Finger Death PunchMachine Gun Kellytwenty one pilots Top Latin Artist Anuel AABad BunnyJ BalvinMalumaOzuna Top Latin Male Artist Bad BunnyJ BalvinOzuna Top Latin Female Artist Becky GKarol GRosalía Top Latin Duo/Group Banda MS de Sergio LizárragaEslabón ArmadoLos 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 ALBUM AWARDS 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" 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 the 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" 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" SONG AWARDS 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" 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" 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 will air live on Sunday, May 23 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC.