Nick Jonas hosted and performed the 2021 Billboard Music Awards live at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Billboard selects annual finalists and winners based on fan interaction with music, including streaming, sales, radio airplay, and social engagement.
This year’s awards included two fan-voted categories and are based on charts from March 21, 2020 to April 3, 2021.
The Weeknd led the night with 10 wins out of 16 nominations. This includes Artist of the Decade, Top Artists, Top Male Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Male Artist, Top R&B Album, Top Hot 100 Song Presented by Rockstar, and Top Radio Song.
But the much-awaited performance of the night came from the world’s hottest K-pop group BTS as they took the stage to perform their brand-new English single, “Butter”.
Appearing remotely from South Korea, RM, Jimin, Jin, Jungkook, J-Hope, V and Suga wore black suits and debuted new dance moves that perfectly fit their new single.
BTS was nominated for Top Duo/Group, Top Song Sales Artist and Top Selling Song for "Dynamite" this year and they took home all four awards!
"Thank you for the Top Selling Song Award, which is amazing and huge. It's really an honor to be the winner of such a significant title. We wanted to share some fresh energy with everyone through 'Dynamite.' We think [with] this award, we achieved that goal. A big thank you, I love you, and bless. Maybe we could get the awards, as many as possible. That's our wish,” says RM.
"I think Butter is really simple. It's a song that you can really feel the charms of BTS and then it's a real summer song. You can just tell that this is a real BTS song. Hope you enjoy it!" says J-Hope.
Suga added: “The song will of course have fans moving as smooth as butter.”
"Like this?" Jimin showing off his moves.
"Butter, better, bigger, summer! Let's go!" RM says.
Other artists who took home awards were P!nk, who received this year’s Icon Award; and Drake was honored with Billboard’s Artist of the Decade Award.
Also receiving multiple awards were Pop Smoke, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Machine Gun Kelly, Gabby Barrett, Bad Bunny, and Morgan Wallen.
Here are the winners:
Artist of the Decade: Drake
Icon Award: P!nk
Billboard Change Maker Award: Trae Tha Truth
Top Artist: The Weeknd
Top New Artist: Pop Smoke
Top Male Artist: The Weeknd
Top Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Duo/Group: BTS
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 Artist: The Weeknd
Top Streaming Songs Artist: Drake
Top Song Sales Artist: BTS
Top Radio Songs Artist: The Weeknd
Top Social Artist (Fan Voted): BTS
Top R&B Artist: The Weeknd
Top R&B Male Artist: The Weeknd
Top R&B Female Artist: Doja Cat
Top Rap Artist: Pop Smoke
Top Rap Male Artist: Pop Smoke
Top Rap Female Artist: Megan Thee Stallion
Top Country Artist: Morgan Wallen
Top Country Male Artist: Morgan Wallen
Top Country Female Artist: Gabby Barrett
Top Country Duo/Group: Florida Georgia Line
Top Rock Artist: Machine Gun Kelly
Top Latin Artist: Bad Bunny
Top Latin Male Artist: Bad Bunny
Top Latin Female Artist: Karol G
Top Latin Duo/Group: Eslabón Armado
Top Dance/Electronic Artist: Lady Gaga
Top Billboard 200 Album: Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars
Top R&B Album: The Weeknd, After Hours
Top Rap Album: Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
Top Country Album: Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: The Double Album
Top Rock Album: Machine Gun Kelly, Tickets to My Downfall
Top Latin Album: Bad Bunny, YHLQMDLG
Top Dance/Electronic Album: Lady Gaga, Chromatica
Top Hot 100 Song Presented by Rockstar: The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”
Top Streaming Song: DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “ROCKSTAR”
Top Selling Song: BTS, “Dynamite”
Top Radio Song: The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”
Top Collaboration (Fan Voted): Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, “I Hope”
Top R&B Song: The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”
Top Rap Song: DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “ROCKSTAR”
Top Country Song: Gabby Barrett, “I Hope”
Top Rock Song: AJR, “Bang!”
Top Latin Song: Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, “Dákiti”
Top Dance/Electronic Song: SAINt JHN, “Roses (Imanbek Remix)”
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