The Weeknd was snubbed by the Grammys however he is the main nominee on the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, the place rappers Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD earned a number of posthumous nominations, together with high artist, and disgraced nation singer Morgan Wallen is a six-time nominee.
The Weeknd, Juice WRLD and Pop Smoke — the third most-nominated act — are up for high artist together with Taylor Swift and Drake, the present’s most adorned winner of all-time. The Billboard Awards will air dwell on Could 23.
The Weeknd earned 16 nominations, together with high male artist, high R&B artist, high Billboard 200 album for After Hours and high Sizzling 100 track for Blinding Lights, the No. 1 track of final 12 months.
DaBaby — because of his personal hit Rockstar and his visitor look on Jack Harlow’s What’s Poppin — is second with 11 bids, and he’ll battle himself in classes like high rap track, high streaming track and high collaboration.
Pop Smoke, who follows with 10 nominations, died final February at age 20 as his songs and mixtapes started to make a splash on the pop and rap charts.
His official debut album, Shoot for the Stars, Intention for the Moon, was launched final July and dominated the charts and streaming companies, together with platinum-selling songs like For the Evening, What You Know About Love and Dior, which earned him a Grammy nomination this 12 months.
His Billboard nominations embody high new artist, high male artist, high rap artist and high Billboard 200 album.
Juice WRLD died in Dec. 2019 at age 21. His posthumous album, Legends By no means Die, was launched per week after Pop Smoke’s album and set a number of data on the Billboard charts, changing into the most important posthumous debut in 23 years since Tupac and Infamous B.I.G. posthumously launched albums in 1997.
His seven Billboard nominations embody high male artist, high rap artist and high Billboard 200 album.
Others battling The Weeknd, Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD for high album embody Lil Child’s My Flip and Swift’s folklore, which final month gained the star her third album of the 12 months Grammy.
Controversy in nation music
Morgan Wallen wasn’t allowed to compete at this month’s Academy of Nation Music Awards as a result of the singer was caught on digital camera utilizing a racial slur earlier this 12 months, however he is one of many high nominees on the Billboard Awards.
His six nominations embody high track gross sales artist, high nation artist and high nation album for Harmful: The Double Album, which is at the moment No. 3 on the pop charts and continues to promote extraordinarily nicely regardless of Wallen’s disaster second.
He is even a double nominee in high nation track, competing with the hits Chasin’ You and Extra Than My Hometown.
Wallen is a contender as a result of the Billboard nominees are primarily based on album and digital gross sales, streaming, radio airplay and social engagement, and so they “will not be chosen by a voting committee or membership group,” dick clark productions mentioned.
The producers mentioned although Wallen is a a number of nominee, they will not permit him to take part within the present.
“Morgan Wallen is a finalist this 12 months primarily based on charting. As his current conduct doesn’t align with our core values, we is not going to be together with him on the present in any capability (performing, presenting, accepting),” the assertion learn.
“It’s heartening and inspiring to listen to that Morgan is taking steps in his anti-racist journey and beginning to do some significant work. We plan to guage his progress and can take into account his participation in future exhibits.”
Wallen’s not the main nation music nominee although — that goes to breakthrough singer Gabby Barrett, who’s the most-nominated lady with 9 bids. She dominated each the nation and pop charts together with her Charlie Puth-assisted hit I Hope, and he or she’s up for honours like high new artist, high Sizzling 100 track, high radio track, high nation album and high collaboration.
She’s the only lady nominated for high nation artist and high nation track.
The Billboard Awards are primarily based on the chart interval of March 21, 2020 via April 3, 2021. Two of the 51 classes are fan-voted, together with high collaboration and high social artist, the place Asian acts dominate. Nominees embody Ok-pop teams BTS, BLACKPINK and Seventeen; Filipino boy band SB19; and Ariana Grande.
Others who scored a number of nominations embody Dangerous Bunny, Chris Brown, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat and Justin Bieber.