Awards air live Sunday, May 23rd on NBC
Dick Clark Productions and NBC have announced that record-breaking music superstar Drake will receive the prestigious Artist of the Decade Award at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs). Drake holds the title for most Billboard Music Awards with 27, setting the mark after taking home 12 awards in 2019. 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.
Billboard’s Artists of the Decade category ranks the best-performing artists based on activity on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and the Billboard 200 albums tally, as well as social media data and touring revenue from Billboard Boxscore, from December 5, 2009, through September 28, 2019.
During the 2010’s, Drake has had nine No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, the most of the decade of any artist; 33 top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the most of the decade of any artist; six No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; 18 No. 1s on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, the most of the decade of any artist; 69 top 10s on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart – the most of the decade of any artist; and 10 No. 1 albums on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
The rapper is the only solo male with more than 50 career weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He holds the records for 232 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, 45 top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, 22 No. 1 titles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, 84 top 10s on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and 120 top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
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.
P!NK will receive the distinguished ICON Award, which recognizes outstanding artists who have achieved excellence on the Billboard Charts and have made an indelible mark on music itself. She joins nine other artists, Garth Brooks, Cher, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey, for the feat.