Billboard Music Awards air May 23rd on NBC
Dick Clark Productions and NBC have announced that Alicia Keys and Bad Bunny have been added to the superstar lineup of performers for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) with appearances by Jon Bon Jovi, Gabrielle Union, Chelsea Handler, Kathryn Hahn, Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom, Jr., Henry Golding and Dixie D’Amelio. Hosted by Nick Jonas, the BBMAs will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 23rd at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on NBC.
As previously announced, P!NK will receive the ICON Award and perform. The prestigious ICON Award recognizes outstanding artists who have achieved excellence on the Billboard Charts and have made an indelible mark on music itself. The three-time BBMA winner, who joins only nine other artists to ever receive the honor, will also take the stage for a spectacular performance. Longtime friend Jon Bon Jovi will present her with the award.
Drake will receive the Artist of the Decade Award. Drake holds the title for most Billboard Music Award wins, after taking home 12 trophies in 2019, for a career total of 27. As a finalist in seven categories this year, he could break his own record for most wins of all time.
Collaborations and special performances from some of today’s top artists including DJ Khaled featuring H.E.R. and Migos, Bad Bunny, Duran Duran, Karol G, Doja Cat & SZA, twenty one pilots, and top finalist The Weeknd.
Presenters include Cynthia Erivo, Chelsea Handler, Dixie D’Amelio, Gabrielle Union, Henry Golding, Kathryn Hahn, Kelsea Ballerini, Lena Waithe, Leslie Odom, Jr., Lil Rel Howery, Padma Lakshmi, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Swizz Beatz, and Tina Knowles Lawson.
Trae Tha Truth will receive the Changer Maker Award. The Houston-based rapper, philanthropist, and social activist will receive the second annual Billboard Change Maker Award for his unwavering dedication to fighting for, and delivering, social and medical equity in his community
To celebrate its 30th Anniversary, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis will present an epic and moving performance of “Optimistic” from Sounds of Blackness ft. Ann Nesby from Paisley Park in Minneapolis.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama will join the 2021 Billboard Music Awards via a pre-recorded message introducing a special performance from Alicia Keys, who is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her debut album, Songs In A Minor. BTS will perform the world television debut of their new single “Butter” as fans see first-time BBMA performances from AJR and Glass Animals.
Nominations for the 2021 BBMAs were released this month with The Weeknd leading the pack with 16 nods. DaBaby is the second-top finalist with 11, along with rappers Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD received multiple honors, marking the first time in a decade that two of the top ten finalists received posthumous recognition. Fan-voted categories include Top Social Artist and Top Collaboration. Voting is open through May 21st at 11:59 pm PT on Twitter and billboard.com/bbmasvote.
For more than 30 years, the BBMAs has celebrated music’s greatest achievements, honoring the hottest names in music today. Unique among music awards shows, finalists are determined by performance on the Billboard Charts. Since 1940, the Billboard Charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of artists, songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of success in music.
The show is produced by Dick Clark Productions. Barry Adelman and Robert Deaton are executive producers.