Billboard Music Award

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Billboard Music Awards
2017 Billboard Music Awards
Awarded for Outstanding chart performance
Country United States
Presented by Billboard
First awarded 1990
Website www.billboardmusicawards.com
Most recent Billboard Music Award winners
← 2016 May 21, 2017 2018 →
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Award Top Artist Top New Artist
Winner Drake Zayn
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Award Top Male Artist Top Female Artist
Winner Drake Beyoncé

Previous Top Artist

Adele

Top Artist

Drake

The Billboard Music Award is an honor given by Billboard, a publication and music popularity chart covering the music business. The Billboard Music Awards show had been held annually since 1990 in December[1] until it went dormant in 2006, the awards returned in 2011 and is held annually in May. The 2017 Billboard Music Awards aired live on ABC on May 21.

Award process[edit]

Unlike other awards, such as the Grammy Award, which determine nominations as a result of the highest votes received by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on album and digital songs sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound, the 2017 awards were based on the reporting period of March 18, 2016 through March 16, 2017.[2] Awards are given for the top album/artist/single in different genres.

Ceremonies[edit]

# Year TV Top Artist[3] Multiple wins Top Billboard 200 Album Top Hot 100 Song Host(s) Venue Ref.
1 1990 FOX not awarded Janet Jackson
(8 awards)
not awarded "Hold On" by Wilson Phillips Paul Shaffer and Morris Day with Jerome Benton Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California [4]
2 1991 Garth Brooks and
C+C Music Factory
(5 awards)
Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" by Bryan Adams Paul Shaffer [5]
3 1992 Michael Jackson
(3 awards)
not awarded "End of the Road"
by Boyz II Men
Phil Collins Universal Amphitheater,
Los Angeles
[6]
4 1993 Whitney Houston* Whitney Houston
(11 awards)
The Bodyguard Soundtrack
Whitney Houston
"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston [7]
5 1994 not awarded Ace of Base
(2 awards)
not awarded "The Sign" by Ace of Base Dennis Miller and Heather Locklear [8]
6 1995 TLC TLC
(3 awards)
Cracked Rear View
Hootie & the Blowfish
"Gangsta's Paradise"
by Coolio
Jon Stewart Coliseum,
New York City
[9]
7 1996 Alanis Morissette Mariah Carey
(2 awards)
not awarded "Macarena" by Los del Río Chris Rock Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas [10]
8 1997 LeAnn Rimes Elton John
(4 awards)
Spice
Spice Girls
"Candle in the Wind 1997"
by Elton John
David Spade MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada [11]
9 1998 Usher Next
(8 awards)
Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture
Celine Dion
"Too Close" by Next Kathy Griffin and
Andy Dick
[12]
10 1999 Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears
(4 awards)
Millennium
Backstreet Boys
"Believe" by Cher Kathy Griffin and
Adam Carolla
[13]
11 2000 Destiny's Child Sisqó
(6 awards)
No Strings Attached
'N SYNC
"Breathe" by Faith Hill Kathy Griffin and
'N SYNC
[14]
12 2001 R. Kelly and
Tim McGraw
(5 awards)
1
The Beatles
"Hanging by a Moment"
by Lifehouse
Bernie Mac [15]
13 2002 Nelly Ashanti
(8 awards)
The Eminem Show
Eminem
"How You Remind Me"
by Nickelback
Cedric the Entertainer [16]
14 2003 50 Cent R. Kelly
(4 awards)
not awarded not awarded Ryan Seacrest with Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson [17]
15 2004 Usher Usher
(11 awards)
Confessions
Usher
"Yeah!" by Usher
(feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris)
Ryan Seacrest [18]
16 2005 50 Cent 50 Cent and
Green Day
(6 awards)
The Massacre
50 Cent
"We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey LL Cool J [19]
17 2006 Chris Brown Mary J. Blige
(9 awards)
Some Hearts
Carrie Underwood
not awarded No Host [20]
2007 – 2010 not held
18 2011 ABC Eminem Eminem
(6 awards)
Recovery
Eminem
"Dynamite" by Taio Cruz Ken Jeong MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada [21]
19 2012 Adele Adele
(12 awards)
21
Adele
"Party Rock Anthem"
by LMFAO
(feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock)
Julie Bowen and
Ty Burrell
[22]
20 2013 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift
(8 awards)
Red
Taylor Swift
"Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye (feat. Kimbra) Tracy Morgan [23]
21 2014 Justin Timberlake Justin Timberlake
(7 awards)
The 20/20 Experience
Justin Timberlake
"Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke (feat. T.I. & Pharrell) Ludacris [24]
22 2015 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift
(8 awards)
1989
Taylor Swift
"All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor Ludacris and
Chrissy Teigen
[25]
23 2016 Adele The Weeknd
(8 awards)
25
Adele
"See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa (feat. Charlie Puth) Ludacris and Ciara T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada [26]
24 2017 Drake Drake
(13 awards)
Views
Drake
"Closer" by The Chainsmokers (feat. Halsey) Ludacris and
Vanessa Hudgens
[27]
  • Whitney Houston won the award for "#1 World Artist".[7] This field shows winners of "Artist of the Year" (awarded from 1995 to 2006), and "Top Artist" (awarded since 2011).

Categories[edit]

From 1989 to 2006, the show had the same categories and category names every year; in 2011, for the first time, all of the awards were renamed to "Top [award title]". The "of the year" portion of each category title no longer exists, and many of the awards have been further renamed. Other awards, including both "crossover" awards (No. 1 Classical Crossover Artist and No. 1 Classical Crossover Album) were discontinued. As of 2017, there are two fan-voted categories.

Current categories[edit]

The general categories are Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Hot 100 Song and Top New Artist, these categories highlighted in each award and other categories are divided by genre.

Retired categories (1990–2016)[edit]

  • Top Alternative song
  • Top Alternative Album
  • Top Alternative Artist
  • Top Classical Crossover Artist
  • Top Classical Crossover Album
  • Top Digital Media Artist
  • Top Digital Songs Artist
  • Top Digital Song
  • Top EDM Artist
  • Top EDM Song
  • Top EDM Album
  • Top Independent Album Artists
  • Top Independent Album
  • Top Modern Rock Artist
  • Top Modern Rock Track
  • Top New Male Artist
  • Top New Female Artist
  • Top New Group/Band
  • Top Pop Song
  • Top Pop Album
  • Top Pop Artist
  • Top Rhythmic Top 40 Title
  • Top Selling Single
  • Top Soundtrack Single of the Year
  • Top New Song
  • Top Pop Punk Artist
  • Milestone Award

Special awards[edit]

Icon Award[edit]

Spotlight Award[edit]

In 1988, Michael Jackson was honored with Billboard's first Spotlight Award for being the first artist in history to have five consecutive number ones singles on Billboard Hot 100 from one album. In 2012, Katy Perry was honored with Billboard's second Spotlight award for being the second and first female artist in history to have five consecutive number ones singles on Billboard Hot 100 from one album.

Other special awards[edit]

Most wins[edit]

Taylor Swift performing
Taylor Swift has won the most Billboard Music Awards

The record for most Billboard Music Awards won is held by Taylor Swift with 21 wins.[46][47]

The awards show[edit]

Since its inception (created by Rick Garson, Paul Flattery & Jim Yukich), the BMAs had been telecast on the Fox network; however due to contractual expirations and other unforeseen circumstances, the awards were canceled for 2007. Plans for a new version of the awards in 2008 (in association with AEG Live) fell through, and the BMAs were not held until 2011.

On February 17, 2011, Billboard announced that it would bring the BMAs back to television, moving from its original home on Fox to its new network, ABC, on May 22, 2011.[48] A new award statuette was created by New York firm Society Awards. Dick Clark Productions produces the ceremony, giving it control of both of ABC's non-country music awards specials, including the November American Music Awards.

Ratings[edit]

Year Day Date Network Viewers
(in millions)
Ref.
2011 Sunday May 22 ABC 7.9 [49]
2012 May 20 7.4 [50]
2013 May 19 9.47 [51]
2014 May 18 10.5 [52]
2015 May 17 11.1 [53]
2016 May 22 9.6 [54]
2017 May 21 8.70 [55]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Drake, The Chainsmokers Lead Nominees for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards". Billboard. April 10, 2017. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 
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  12. ^ "Winners Database: 1998". Billboard Music Awards. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
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  41. ^ "Winners Database: Special Billboard Award (Honoring "Candle In the Wind 1997" as the all-time best selling single)". Billboard Music Awards. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
  42. ^ "Winners Database: Special Award for the most No. 1s ever by a female artist". Billboard Music Awards. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
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