Doja Cat & SZA added to 2021 BBMAs

Billboard Music Awards air May 23rd on NBC

Dick Clark Productions and NBC have announced that Doja Cat & SZA have been added to the superstar lineup of performers for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs). 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.

The powerhouse duo will wow fans with the world television debut of their hit single “Kiss Me More,” from the Xfinity Stage. Doja Cat, a finalist in five categories this year, could take home her first BBMA. SZA, a 2018 BBMA winner for Top R&B Female Artist, could claim her second win in this category.

Xfinity also presents a special bonus performance by Noah Cyrus, available on Xfinity’s YouTube channel now. Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex customers can say “Billboard Music Awards” into the Voice Remote to enjoy Cyrus’ bonus performance on the TV, along with a new and never before seen interview with the artist, and also take a look back at the best moments from past BBMAs, listen to music from nominated artists and more.

Previously announced performers and appearances include P!NK who will receive the distinguished ICON Award, The Weeknd, BTS, Duran Duran, and an appearance by Drake who will receive the coveted Artist of the Decade honor. Houston-based rapper, philanthropist, and social activist Trae Tha Truth will be the second recipient of the annual Billboard Change Maker Award.

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

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.

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