2021 Billboard Music Awards Winners & Performances
The Billboard Music Awards returned with live music on Sunday (May 23) outside of the Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater.
Some of this year’s big wins include Drake who was honored the Artist Of The Year Award and bestowed the Top Streaming Songs Artist of the year.
The Weeknd took the most wins of the night with 10 awards including Top 100 Artist Of The Year, Top Artist, Top Male Artist, and Top Radio Songs Artist. XO also dominated the R&B categories with Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Album, and his hit “Blinding Lights” earned Top 100 Song, Top Radio Song, and Top R&B Song.
Other wins included DaBaby and Roddy Rich’s hit “Rockstar” dubbed both Best Rap Song and Top Streaming Song. Also, the late Pop Smoke took three including New Artist, Top Rap Male Artist, Top Rap Album, while Doja Cat won Top R&B Female Artist and Megan Thee Stallion was crowned Top Rap Female Artist.
DJ Khaled opened up the BMAs with an electrifying performance of “We Going Crazy” alongside H.E.R. and the Migos. Doja Cat and SZA gave an out of this world performance for their sexy and futuristic duet, “Kiss Me More”.
Introduced by Michelle Obama, Alicia Keys celebrated 20 years of her debut album Songs In A Minor with a medley of “A Woman’s Worth”, “How Come You Don’t Call Me”, and “Fallin”. Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis made a rare appearance as they conducted the performance of “Optimistic” along with Sound Of Blackness and Ann Nesby.
Lead by a pack of convertibles, The Weeknd cruised through a deserted downtown L.A. out the back seat for “his hit Save Your Tears” before hopping out in the parking lot for the finale while being circled by cars.