Billboard Music Awards 2021: Who’s performing, hosting and how to watch

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Awards season isn’t over just yet. The 2021 Billboard Music Awards is this weekend.

And if it feels like last year’s were just yesterday, you’re not far off: The coronavirus pandemic pushed 2020’s awards to October.

But now, one of music’s biggest nights — which gives fans the power to vote for their picks — is back on track, with a vengeance. The Weeknd, who was infamously snubbed by The Grammys and vowed to boycott them forever, is expected to make a big showing at this year’s awards. The Super Bowl powerhouse is a finalist in a whopping 16 categories.

Perhaps he’ll even debut a new face for the occasion.

Also on the docket: Korean pop kings BTS. The South Korean septet became the first K-pop act to be nominated for a Grammy last year. Though they lost the category, their history-making performance only fueled the hype for future American award shows, including the Billboards. They’ll be debuting their latest song, “Butter.”

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 Billboard Music Awards.

When and where are the awards?

The awards show will be on May 23 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

How can I watch them?

The show will air live on NBC. Stream it via Peacock on services such as YouTube TV or Hulu Live TV.

Who will host them?

Nick Jonas, 28, will be our guide for the night.

How are the awards chosen?

This one works a little differently, in that there aren’t exactly nominations from some contentious academy, but rather musicians’ commercial success. The Billboard Music Awards are based on the chart period of March 21, 2020, through April 3, 2021.

How can I vote for my faves?

Two of the 51 categories are fan-voted, as well.

Vote here for Top Social Artist and Top Collaboration. Finalists in the Billboard vote category for Top Social Artist include BTS, Ariana Grande, Blackpink, SB19 and Seventeen.

For Top Collaboration, you can vote for 24ktGoldn ft. Iann Dior’s “Mood,” Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth’s “I Hope,” Chris Brown and Yung Thug’s “Go Crazy,” Da Baby ft. Roddy Ricch’s “ROCKSTAR,” and Jack Harlowe ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez and Lil Wayne’s “WHAT’S POPPIN.” Check the rules here.

Who else is performing?

BTS is expected to make a splash with their new hit “Butter.”

Other heavy hitters who are expected to join the performances and honors include Doja Cat, SZA, AJR, Bad Bunny and Karol G, DJ Khaled featuring H.E.R. and Migos, Duran Duran, Glass Animals, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis with Sounds Of Blackness featuring Ann Nesby and Twenty One Pilots will also perform.

Pink, who’s receiving Billboard’s Icon Award, will also be represented, and Alicia Keys will mark the 20th anniversary of her debut album, “Songs In A Minor.” 

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