Billboard Music Awards 2021: The Weeknd leads with 16 nods; Pop Smoke, Juice WRLD earn posthumous nominations

Billboard Music Awards 2021: The Weeknd leads with 16 nods; Pop Smoke, Juice WRLD earn posthumous nominations
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Billboard Music Awards 2021: The Weeknd leads with 16 nods; Pop Smoke, Juice WRLD earn posthumous nominations

The Weeknd was snubbed by the Grammys however he’s the main nominee on the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, the place rappers Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD earned a number of posthumous nominations, together with high artist, and disgraced nation singer Morgan Wallen is a six-time nominee.

The Weeknd, Juice WRLD and Pop Smoke — the third most-nominated act — are up for high artist alongside with Taylor Swift and Drake, the present’s most embellished winner of all-time. The Billboard Awards will air dwell on 23 Might.

The Weeknd earned 16 nominations, together with high male artist, high R&B artist, high Billboard 200 album for After Hours and high Scorching 100 track for ‘Blinding Lights,’  the No. 1 track of final 12 months. DaBaby — due to his personal hit ‘Rockstar’ and his visitor look on Jack Harlow’s ‘What’s Poppin’ — is second with 11 bids, and he’ll battle himself in classes like high rap track, high streaming track and high collaboration.

Pop Smoke, who follows with 10 nominations, died final February at age 20 as his songs and mixtapes started to make a splash on the pop and rap charts. His official debut album, Shoot for the Stars, Purpose for the Moon, was launched final July and dominated the charts and streaming providers, alongside with platinum-selling songs like ‘For the Night time,’ ‘What You Know About Love’ and ‘Dior,’ which earned him a Grammy nomination this 12 months. His Billboard nominations embrace high new artist, high male artist, high rap artist and high Billboard 200 album.

Juice WRLD died in December 2019 at age 21. His posthumous album, Legends By no means Die, was launched every week after Pop Smoke’s album and set a number of information on the Billboard charts, changing into the largest posthumous debut in 23 years since Tupac and Infamous B.I.G. posthumously launched albums in 1997.

His seven Billboard nominations embrace high male artist, high rap artist and high Billboard 200 album.

Others battling The Weeknd, Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD for high album embrace Lil Child’s My Flip and Swift’s folklore, which final month gained the star her third album of the 12 months Grammy.
Morgan Wallen wasn’t allowed to compete at this month’s Academy of Nation Music Awards as a result of the singer was caught on digital camera utilizing a racial slur earlier this 12 months, however he’s one of many high nominees on the Billboard Awards. His six nominations embrace high track gross sales artist, high nation artist and high nation album for Harmful: The Double Album, which is at present No. 3 on the pop charts and continues to promote extraordinarily effectively regardless of Wallen’s disaster second. He’s even a double nominee in high nation track, competing with the hits ‘Chasin’ You’ and ‘Extra Than My Hometown.’

Wallen is a contender as a result of the Billboard nominees are primarily based on album and digital gross sales, streaming, radio airplay and social engagement, and so they “are usually not chosen by a voting committee or membership organisation,” dick clark productions stated.

The producers stated although Wallen is a a number of nominee, they gained’t enable him to take part within the present.

“Morgan Wallen is a finalist this 12 months primarily based on charting. As his latest conduct doesn’t align with our core values, we is not going to be together with him on the present in any capability (performing, presenting, accepting),” the assertion learn. “It’s heartening and inspiring to listen to that Morgan is taking steps in his anti-racist journey and beginning to do some significant work. We plan to guage his progress and can contemplate his participation in future exhibits.”

Nation singer Gabby Barrett performs her breakthrough it ‘I Hope’ alongside pop singer Charlie Puth.

Wallen’s not the main nation music nominee although — that goes to breakthrough singer Gabby Barrett, who’s essentially the most nominated lady with 9 bids. She dominated each the nation and pop charts with her Charlie Puth-assisted hit ‘I Hope’, and she or he’s up for honours like high new artist, high Scorching 100 track, high radio track, high nation album and high collaboration. She’s the only real lady nominated for high nation artist and high nation track.

The Billboard Awards are primarily based on the chart interval of 21 March, 2020 by means of 3 April, 2021. Two of the 51 classes are fan-voted, together with high collaboration and high social artist, the place Asian acts dominate. Nominees embrace Ok-pop teams BTS, BLACKPINK and Seventeen; Filipino boy band SB19; and Ariana Grande.

Others who scored a number of nominations embrace Dangerous Bunny, Chris Brown, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat and Justin Bieber.

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