Billboard Music Award

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Billboard Music Awards
Ambox current red.svg 2018 Billboard Music Awards
Awarded forOutstanding chart performance
CountryUnited States
Presented by Billboard
First awardedDecember 10, 1990;28 years ago (1990-12-10)
Television/radio coverage
Network Fox (1990–2006)
ABC (2011–2017)
NBC (2018–present)
Most recent Billboard Music Award winners
 2017 May 20, 2018 2019 
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Award Top Artist Top New Artist
Winner Ed Sheeran Khalid
  Pulitzer2018-portraits-kendrick-lamar.jpg Luis Fonsi 2015 (cropped).JPG
Award Top Billboard 200 Album Top Hot 100 Song
Winner Kendrick Lamar
( Damn )
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

Previous Top Artist


Top Artist

Ed Sheeran

The Billboard Music Award is an honor given out annually by Billboard , a publication and music popularity chart covering the music business. The Billboard Music Awards show had been held annually since 1990 and the event was formerly held in December [1] until it went dormant in 2006. The awards returned in 2011 and are now held annually in May as the last of the Big Three major music awards (after the American Music Awards in the Fall, and the Grammy Awards in the Winter). The 2018 Billboard Music Awards aired live on NBC on May 20.

<i>Billboard</i> (magazine) American music magazine

Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and is also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.

The Billboard charts tabulate the relative weekly popularity of songs and albums in the United States and elsewhere. The results are published in Billboard magazine. Billboard biz, the online extension of the Billboard charts, provides additional weekly charts. There are also Year End charts. The charts may be dedicated to specific genre such as R&B, country or rock, or they may cover all genres. The charts can be ranked according to sales, streams or airplay, and for main song charts such as the Hot 100 song chart, all three pools of data are used to compile the charts. For the Billboard 200 album chart, streams and track sales are included in addition to album sales.

Grammy Award accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.


Awards process

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 2018 awards are based on the reporting period of April 8, 2017 through March 31, 2018. [2] Awards are given for the top album, artist and single in a number of different music genres.

Nielsen SoundScan is an information and sales tracking system created by Mike Fine and Mike Shalett in 1991. SoundScan is a method of tracking sales of music and music video products throughout the United States and Canada. Data is collected weekly and made available every Sunday and every Monday to subscribers, which include record companies, publishing firms, music retailers, independent promoters, film and TV companies, and artist managers. The Nielsen SoundScan is the sales source for the Billboard music charts, making it the largest source of sales records in the music industry.

Next Big Sound (NBS) is a New York-based company which provides analytics for online music. The company analyses the popularity of musicians in social networks, streaming services, and radio. The company was acquired by Pandora Radio in May 2015.


#YearTVTop Artist [3] Top Male ArtistTop Female ArtistTop New ArtistTop Duo/GroupTop Hot 100 SongTop Billboard 200 AlbumTop
Multiple winsHost(s)VenueRef.
1 1990 Fox not awarded Phil Collins Janet Jackson "Hold On" by Wilson Phillips not awarded Janet Jackson MC Hammer Randy Travis Janet Jackson
(8 awards)
Paul Shaffer and Morris Day with Jerome Benton Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California [4]
2 1991 Mariah Carey "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" by Bryan Adams Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
Whitney Houston Garth Brooks Garth Brooks and
C+C Music Factory
(5 awards)
Paul Shaffer [5]
31992 Kris Kross "End of the Road"
by Boyz II Men
not awarded Jodeci U2 Michael Jackson
(3 awards)
Phil Collins Universal Amphitheater,
Los Angeles
41993 Whitney Houston* Whitney Houston Dr. Dre "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston The Bodyguard Soundtrack
Whitney Houston
Dr. Dre Garth Brooks Aerosmith Whitney Houston
(11 awards)
51994not awarded Snoop Dogg Mariah Carey Ace of Base "The Sign" by Ace of Base not awarded R. Kelly Da Brat Ace of Base
(2 awards)
Dennis Miller and Heather Locklear [8]
61995 TLC Real McCoy "Gangsta's Paradise"
by Coolio
Cracked Rear View
Hootie & the Blowfish
TLC The Notorious B.I.G. John Michael Montgomery Live TLC
(3 awards)
Jon Stewart Coliseum,
New York City
71996 Alanis Morissette Alanis Morissette Tony Rich "Macarena" by Los del Río not awarded R. Kelly LL Cool J John Michael Montgomery Live Mariah Carey
(2 awards)
Chris Rock Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas [10]
81997 LeAnn Rimes LeAnn Rimes Spice Girls "Candle in the Wind 1997"
by Elton John
Spice Girls
Dru Hill Sean Combs LeAnn Rimes Metallica Elton John
(4 awards)
David Spade MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada [11]
91998 Usher Shania Twain Next Next "Too Close" by Next Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture
Celine Dion
Usher Mase Garth Brooks Next
(8 awards)
Kathy Griffin and
Andy Dick
101999 Backstreet Boys Ricky Martin Britney Spears Backstreet Boys "Believe" by Cher Millennium
Backstreet Boys
R. Kelly Dixie Chicks Backstreet Boys
(4 awards)
Kathy Griffin and
Adam Carolla
112000 Destiny's Child Sisqó Christina Aguilera Sisqó Destiny's Child "Breathe" by Faith Hill No Strings Attached
Sisqó Dixie Chicks Creed Sisqó
(6 awards)
Kathy Griffin and
12 2001 Shaggy Destiny's Child Lifehouse Destiny's Child "Hanging by a Moment"
by Lifehouse
The Beatles
R. Kelly Romeo Miller Tim McGraw Godsmack R. Kelly and
Tim McGraw
(5 awards)
Bernie Mac [15]
13 2002 Nelly Nelly Ashanti Ashanti Creed "How You Remind Me"
by Nickelback
The Eminem Show
Ashanti Nelly Puddle of Mudd Ashanti
(8 awards)
Cedric the Entertainer [16]
14 2003 50 Cent not awarded Get Rich or Die Tryin'
50 Cent
50 Cent 50 Cent Shania Twain Audioslave R. Kelly
(4 awards)
Ryan Seacrest with Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson [17]
15 2004 Usher Usher Alicia Keys Outkast "Yeah!" by Usher
(feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris)
Usher Kanye West Toby Keith Linkin Park Usher
(11 awards)
Ryan Seacrest [18]
16 2005 50 Cent Gwen Stefani "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey The Massacre
50 Cent
50 Cent 50 Cent Toby Keith Green Day 50 Cent and
Green Day
(6 awards)
LL Cool J [19]
17 2006 Chris Brown Chris Brown Rihanna Chris Brown Nickelback "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter Some Hearts
Carrie Underwood
Mary J. Blige T.I. Kenny Chesney Nickelback Mary J. Blige
(9 awards)
No Host [20]
2007–2010 not held
Top ArtistTop Male ArtistTop Female ArtistTop New ArtistTop Duo/GroupTop Hot 100 SongTop Billboard 200 AlbumTop
Multiple WinsHost(s)VenueRef
18 2011 ABC Eminem Eminem Rihanna Justin Bieber The Black Eyed Peas "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz Recovery
Usher Eminem Taylor Swift Train Eminem
(6 awards)
Ken Jeong MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada [21]
19 2012 Adele Lil Wayne Adele Wiz Khalifa LMFAO "Party Rock Anthem"
(feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock)
Chris Brown Lil Wayne Lady Antebellum Coldplay Adele
(12 awards)
Julie Bowen and
Ty Burrell
20 2013 Taylor Swift Justin Bieber Taylor Swift One Direction One Direction "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye (feat. Kimbra) Red
Taylor Swift
Rihanna Nicki Minaj Taylor Swift Fun Taylor Swift
(8 awards)
Tracy Morgan [23]
21 2014 Justin Timberlake Justin Timberlake Katy Perry Lorde Imagine Dragons "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke (feat. T.I. & Pharrell) The 20/20 Experience
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake Eminem Luke Bryan Imagine Dragons Justin Timberlake
(7 awards)
Ludacris [24]
22 2015 Taylor Swift Sam Smith Taylor Swift Sam Smith One Direction "All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor 1989
Taylor Swift
Pharrell Williams Iggy Azalea Florida Georgia Line Hozier Taylor Swift
(8 awards)
Ludacris and
Chrissy Teigen
23 2016 Adele Justin Bieber Adele Fetty Wap "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa (feat. Charlie Puth) 25
The Weeknd Drake Luke Bryan Twenty One Pilots The Weeknd
(8 awards)
Ludacris and Ciara T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada [26]
24 2017 Drake Drake Beyoncé Zayn Malik Twenty One Pilots "Closer" by The Chainsmokers (feat. Halsey) Views
Beyoncé Blake Shelton Drake
(13 awards)
Ludacris and
Vanessa Hudgens
25 2018 NBC Ed Sheeran Ed Sheeran Taylor Swift Khalid Imagine Dragons "Despacito"
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee (feat. Justin Bieber)
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars Kendrick Lamar Chris Stapleton Imagine Dragons Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar
(6 awards)
Kelly Clarkson MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada [28]
26 2019



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

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.

This page lists the winners and nominees for the Billboard Music Award for Top Artist. The award was first given in 1993, entitled #1 World Artist. It was retired during the 1994 ceremony but returned again the following year under the title Artist of the Year. It was later renamed to its current title in 2011. Only six artists have won the award twice: 50 Cent, Adele, Destiny's Child, Taylor Swift, Chris Brown and Usher.

This page lists the winners and nominees for the Billboard Music Award for Top New Artist.

The Billboard Music Award winners for Top Male Artist. Eminem and Justin Bieber are the only artists who won this award 2 times.

Retired categories (1990–2017)

  • Top Alternative Album
  • Top Alternative Artist
  • Top Alternative Song
  • Top Classical Crossover Artist
  • Top Classical Crossover Album
  • Top Country Collaboration (2017)
  • Top Dance Artist (until 2013)
  • Top Dance Album (until 2013)
  • Top Dance Song (until 2013)
  • Top Digital Media Artist (until 2012)
  • Top Digital Songs Artist (until 2015)
  • Top Digital Song (until 2015)
  • Top EDM Artist (until 2013)
  • Top EDM Album (until 2013)
  • Top EDM Song (until 2013)
  • Top Independent 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 New Song
  • Top Pop Song (until 2013)
  • Top Pop Album (until 2013)
  • Top Pop Artist (until 2013)
  • Top Pop Punk Artist
  • Top R&B Collaboration (2017)
  • Top Rap Collaboration (2017)
  • Top Rhythmic Top 40 Title
  • Top Selling Single
  • Top Soundtrack Single of the Year
  • Milestone Award (2013, 2014)

Special awards

Icon Award

Spotlight Award

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

Most wins

The record for most Billboard Music Awards won is held by Taylor Swift with 25 wins. [48] [49]

ArtistNumber of awards
Taylor Swift 25
Justin Bieber 20
Garth Brooks 19
Adele 18
Michael Jackson 17
Whitney Houston 16
Drake 15
Mariah Carey 14
Rihanna 12
Beyoncé 11
Lil Jon
Janet Jackson
Mary J. Blige 10
Destiny's Child
Carrie Underwood
50 Cent


Since its inception (created by 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 cancelled 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. [50] A new award statuette was created by New York firm Society Awards. Dick Clark Productions, which is co-owned with Billboard, began producing the ceremony in 2014. [51] On November 28, 2017, it was announced that the Billboard Music Awards would be moving from ABC to NBC beginning in 2018 under a multi-year contract. [52]


YearDayDateNetwork Household ratings 18–49 ratings Viewers
(in millions)
1990 MondayDecember 10 Fox 8.914Unknown [53]
1991 WednesdayDecember 117.5Unknown [53]
1992December 99.4Unknown [53]
1993December 89.2Unknown [53]
1994December 77.3Unknown [53]
1995December 68.3Unknown [53]
1996December 48.213Unknown [53]
1997MondayDecember 88.61312.8 [53]
1998December 77.6Unknown [53]
1999WednesdayDecember 88.1Unknown [53]
2000TuesdayDecember 57.31111.40 [53]
2001 December 46.91111.70 [53]
2002 MondayDecember 95.699.40 [53]
2003 WednesdayDecember 106.2109.80 [53]
2004 December 84.576.90 [53]
2005 TuesdayDecember 6466.40 [53]
2006 MondayDecember 4466.10 [53]
2007–2010 not held
2011 SundayMay 22 ABC 4.673.087.88 [53] [54]
2012 May 204.572.777.40 [53] [55]
2013 May 195.693.5109.48 [53] [56]
2014 May 186.3113.51010.50 [53] [57]
2015 May 176.5113.81211.18 [53] [58]
2016 May 223.2109.76 [59]
2017 May 212.698.70 [60]
2018 May 20 NBC 2.497.87 [61]
2019WednesdayMay 1

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