It’s time for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards! To help get you ready for the big event Sunday (May 23), we’ve compiled the complete list of performers and presenters who’ll be taking the stage for the show.
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Nick Jonas will be a busy man come show night. The artist will not only be hosting the show live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, but he’ll also be
closing the show with the Jonas Brothers. The trio will be performing a medley that will include their latest single, “Leave Before You Love Me,” with
One highly anticipated performance is that of global superstars BTS. The K-pop group will be taking the stage remotely from South Korea to perform their
brand new single, “Butter,” which dropped on Friday (May 21). It will be the boy band’s debut performance of their second English-language single.
The Weeknd, who is a finalist in 16 categories, will also be taking the stage, as will Icon Award recipient P!nk. Drake is set to be honored with the Artist
of the Decade Award, while Trae The Truth will take home Change Maker Award. As previously announced, Tina Knowles-Lawson will be presenting Trae with his
How to Watch the 2021 Billboard Music Awards
See the full list of performers and presenters below. While there isn’t a way to watch the BBMAs free online, viewers can access NBC on a number of sites
including Sling TV, fubo TV and Hulu With Live TV. If you sign up for Peacock here, the whole show will be available to stream on May 24.
DJ Khaled feat. H.E.R. and Migos
Doja Cat & SZA
Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis with Sounds of Blackness feat. Ann Nesby
Jonas Brothers with Marshmello,
Twenty One Pilots
The 2021 Billboard Music Awards air Sunday (May 23) at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.
Keys’ biggest night at the BBMAs came in 2004, when she won seven awards, including female artist of the year.
Alicia Keys has come up with the perfect way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her star-making debut album, Songs in A Minor (which was released June 5, 2001). She’ll perform a medley of songs from that prized album on the Billboard Music Awards, which will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 23.
Keys is no stranger to the BBMAs: She performed “Love Looks Better,” from her 2020 album Alicia, on last year’s show. She’s also a nine-time BBMA winner. Her biggest night at the BBMAs came in 2004, when she won seven awards, including female artist of the year. Only Usher won more awards that year: 13. The two superstars had a collab smash “My Boo,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the six weeks leading up to the that year’s BBMAs.
Drake Is Billboard’s Artist of the Decade, Will Receive Honor at 2021 Billboard Music Awards
DrakeLooking for a night of spectacular performances, unexpected collaborations, buzzworthy pop culture moments? There’s no better way to celebrate the chart-topping hits of the year than with the 2021 Billboard Music Awards.
The 2021 BBMAs will air live on NBC this Sunday from Los Angeles, and this year’s event will feature some record-breaking artists, from The Weeknd (finalist in 16 categories, including Top Artist) to DaBaby (11 categories, including multi-finalist in the Top Streaming Song category for “Rockstar” and “Whats Poppin,”) and Megan Thee Stallion (including Top Female Artist and Top Rap Female Artist). The late Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD are also up for posthumous nods in several categories, along with first-timers like “I Hope” singer Gabby Barrett who became the female artist with the most nods this year.
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Hosted by Nick Jonas (who tweeted about his “preemptive ‘Best Host Ever’ award”), the ceremony is gearing up for some potential record-breakers, and first-time winners—DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Baby, and Dua Lipa could potentially secure their first ever Billboard Music Awards this year. BTS could also win their 5th consecutive award in the Top Social Artist category, beating out Justin Bieber’s previous record.
If you’re wondering how the votes are even counted, Billboard Music Awards nominees and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring, and social engagement racked by Billboard and its data partners, including MRC Data. Fan-voted categories, though, include Top Social Artist and Top Collaboration.
Want to watch the BBMAs online? Here’s how to join in on the celebration, whether you’re tuning in from your laptop or TV.
When Are the 2021 BBMAs? Air Date, Channel, Time
The ceremony will air just a little over seven months after the 2020 BBMAs, which were held this past October 14th at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The 2020 event was originally scheduled for May of last year, but was postponed due to Covid precautions. The 2021 Billboard Music Awards will air Sunday, May 23 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC. The show will go live simultaneously on the East Coast and West Coast, though West Coast viewers can tune into a replay 8 p.m. PST as well.
How to Watch the BBMAs on TV
If you want to watch the BBMAs on TV, you’ll either need a traditional cable package (like these plans from AT&T which you can order now) or you can tune into NBC through a digital antenna if you have one. For everyone else, here’s how to watch or stream the show online.
How to Stream the BBMAs Online Free
If you want to watch the BBMAs online for free, there are a couple ways to live stream the show from home without cable.
1. Stream the BBMAs on Peacock
Since the Billboard Music Awards are airing on NBC, you can stream the event live on Peacock for free through the app, which includes viewing from a laptop, smartphone, or smart TV. With Peacock you’ll also get access to NBC’s other hit shows, such as The Office and Saved by the Bell.
You can get a basic Peacock subscription for free, but you’ll only have access to a segment of the service’s catalogue. Peacock has a 7-day free trial to watch the Billboard Music Awards online, but getting Peacock Premium will let you watch everything on the streamer ad-free.
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2. Stream the BBMAs on Hulu + Live TV
You may already be aware of the original series and on-demand programming from Hulu, but the streaming service’s Hulu + Live TV plan will also get you access to NBC (and more than 60 other television channels) so you can watch the BBMAs, live sports and more.
Hulu is currently offering a 7-day free trial so you can watch the Billboard Music Awards. Test it out and get instant access NBC to watch the BBMAs without cable. Hulu lets you watch the show from your TV, tablet, laptop or other connected device. Get more details here.
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3. Stream the BBMAs on fuboTV
One of the best streaming services for live TV is fuboTV. A subscription to fubo gets you more than 200 TV channels, including NBC, where you can stream the Billboard Music Awards live. Fubo also gets you access to E! to watch the BBMAs red carpet online, in addition to post-show coverage.
Like Hulu, fuboTV currently has a 7-day trial that you can use to stream the Billboard Music Awards free online. Get more details here.
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4. Stream the BBMAs on SlingTV
SlingTV lets you customize which channels you want on your plan, you can watch the BBMAs for free on NBC. SlingTV’s app pairs with virtually any device to let you watch the Billboard Music Awards live from your phone, computer, tablet, and more.
In addition to its live TV offerings like the BBMAs, SlingTV offers more than 10,000 hours of video on demand. Want the full slate of channels? SlingTV is currently offering a 7-day free trial. Get more details here.
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2021 BBMAs: Host, Nominees, Performances, What to Expect
The 2021 BBMAs will have Nick Jonas hosting from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Kelly Clarkson is passing the torch to her fellow The Voice co-host after three consecutive years of hosting the event. The red carpet coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. EST / 3:30 p.m. PT on E!, with the award ceremony airing at 8:00 p.m. EST.
The 2021 BBMAs telecast will also have a new location. The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, which has long been the home of the Billboard Music Awards, will not be a part of the show, as the main location has been moved to the Microsoft Theater, in downtown Los Angeles.
Drake will receive the Artist of the Decade Award at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, who holds the record for the most Billboard Music Awards with 27, reaching this record after taking home 12 awards in 2019. He’s also broken several Billboard chart records, including having nine Number One albums and 33 top 10 songs on the Hot 100.
Three-time BBMA winner Pink was also previously announced to be taking home the honorary Icon Award for 2021, joining the ranks of Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson, and mor
In addition, Keys is a 15-time Grammy winner. Her biggest night at the Grammys came at the awards for 2001, when she won five Grammys, including best new artist and song of the year for “Fallin’.” She was just 21 at the time, which made her the youngest song of the year winner to that point. Keys hosted the Grammys in 2019 and 2020. She is the only former best new artist Grammy winner to go on to host the show.
Keys has amassed five No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 and four No. 1 singles on the Hot 100. Her No. 1 albums are Songs in A Minor, The Diary of Alicia Keys, As I Am, Girl on Fire and Unplugged, a live album she recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Her No. 1 singles are “Fallin’,” “My Boo” (with Usher), “No One” and “Empire State of Mind” (with Jay-Z).
Keys released her new book, More Myself: A Journey, in March 2020 through Flatiron Books. Last year, she launched her lifestyle beauty brand Keys Soulcare.
The Weeknd to Perform at 2021 Billboard Music Awards
This year’s BBMAs will have something for fans of all kinds of music. Hosted by Nick Jonas, the show will include performances by (in alphabetical order by principal artist) AJR, BTS, DJ Khaled featuring H.E.R. and Migos, Duran Duran, Glass Animals, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis with Sounds of Blackness featuring Ann Nesby, P!nk, twenty one pilots and The Weeknd.
In addition to performing, P!nk will receive the ICON Award. She is the youngest recipient of that award to date.
Drake will receive the Artist of the Decade Award. Trae Tha Truth will receive the Change Maker Award.
P!nk to Receive Icon Award at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards
Billboard Music Awards finalists and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including audio and video streaming, album and digital song sales, radio airplay, and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including MRC Data and Next Big Sound. This year’s awards are based on the chart period of March 21, 2020 through April 3, 2021.
Fan-voted categories include top social artist and top collaboration. Voting opened on May 10 at 9 a.m. PT and closes on May 21 at 11:59 p.m. PT on Twitter and billboard.com/bbmasvote. For more information, visit billboardmusicawards.com/vote.
The 2021 Billboard Music Awards are produced by dick clark productions, which is owned by MRC; MRC and Penske Media are co-parent companies of Billboard. Barry Adelman and Robert Deaton are the show’s executive producers.
Nick Jonas Set to Host 2021 Billboard Music Awards
The BBMAs will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 23 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.
Get ready for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards. Nick Jonas will host the 2021 show -- following a three-year run by Kelly Clarkson -- which returns to its usual May date this year after being pushed to October in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Jonas, of course, is a Billboard Music Awards veteran, previously winning three awards with the Jonas Brothers, and performing at the ceremony in 2019. The Jonas Brothers will return to the Billboard Music Awards stage as performers in 2021, as well as an eclectic, decades-spanning lineup of performers, including, The Weeknd, Bad Bunny, Karol G and BTS. It will be a once in a lifetime show, as legendary acts including Duran Duran and Sounds of Blackness will also perform.
For all the details on how to watch the Billboard Music Awards, nominees, performers and more, read on below!
Billboard Music Awards date and time: When are the BBMAs this year? The show airs Sunday, May 23 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
How to watch the Billboard Music Awards: The show will air on NBC, which is also offered on several live TV streaming services, including including Sling TV, fuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, AT&T TV and YouTube TV.
If you sign up for Peacock, the show will also be available to stream on demand there on May 24.
Who's performing? You won't want to miss these Billboard Music Awards 2021 performances. Duran Duran will be making their performance debut at the show with a brand new song from a remote performance in London, England. BTS and The Weeknd are performing as well, in addition to Pink and Twenty One Pilots. Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis are set to team up with Sounds of Blackness and Ann Nesby to perform. DJ Khaled, H.E.R. and Migos will take the stage together, as will pop trio AJR. For the group Glass Animals, this BBMAs performance also marks their first performance on a U.S. awards show.
Who's nominated? Drake is receiving the prestigious Artist of the Decade Award, while Pink is getting the Icon Award at the show. The Weeknd leads the pack with 16 nominations, including for Top Artist, followed by DaBaby with 11.
Additionally, rapper and activist Trae Tha Truth will receive the second annual Change Maker Award for his work in philanthropy and social justice.
See the complete list of Billboard Music Awards nominees here.
Meanwhile, watch the video below for the biggest moments from the 2020 Billboard Music Awards.