|Billboard Music Awards|
|Awarded for||Outstanding chart performance|
|First awarded||December 10, 1990|
|Network|| Fox (1990–2006)|
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 Decemberuntil 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.
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.
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.
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.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.
|#||Year||TV||Top Artist||Top Male Artist||Top Female Artist||Top New Artist||Top Duo/Group||Top Hot 100 Song||Top Billboard 200 Album||Top|
|1||1990||Fox||not awarded||Phil Collins||Janet Jackson||"Hold On" by Wilson Phillips||not awarded||Janet Jackson||MC Hammer||Randy Travis|| Janet Jackson |
|Paul Shaffer and Morris Day with Jerome Benton||Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California|
|2||1991||Mariah Carey||"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" by Bryan Adams|| Mariah Carey |
|Whitney Houston||Garth Brooks|| Garth Brooks and |
C+C Music Factory
|3||1992||Kris Kross||"End of the Road" |
by Boyz II Men
|not awarded||Jodeci||U2|| Michael Jackson |
|Phil Collins|| Universal Amphitheater, |
|4||1993||Whitney Houston*||Whitney Houston||Dr. Dre||"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston|| The Bodyguard Soundtrack |
|Dr. Dre||Garth Brooks||Aerosmith|| Whitney Houston |
|5||1994||not awarded||Snoop Dogg||Mariah Carey||Ace of Base||"The Sign" by Ace of Base||not awarded||R. Kelly||Da Brat|| Ace of Base |
|Dennis Miller and Heather Locklear|
|6||1995||TLC||Real McCoy||"Gangsta's Paradise" |
| Cracked Rear View |
Hootie & the Blowfish
|TLC||The Notorious B.I.G.||John Michael Montgomery||Live|| TLC |
|Jon Stewart|| Coliseum, |
New York City
|7||1996||Alanis Morissette||Alanis Morissette||Tony Rich||"Macarena" by Los del Río||not awarded||R. Kelly||LL Cool J||John Michael Montgomery||Live|| Mariah Carey |
|Chris Rock||Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas|
|8||1997||LeAnn Rimes||LeAnn Rimes||Spice Girls||"Candle in the Wind 1997" |
by Elton John
| Spice |
|Dru Hill||Sean Combs||LeAnn Rimes||Metallica|| Elton John |
|David Spade||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|9||1998||Usher||Shania Twain||Next||Next||"Too Close" by Next|| Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture |
|Usher||Mase||Garth Brooks|| Next |
| Kathy Griffin and |
|10||1999||Backstreet Boys||Ricky Martin||Britney Spears||Backstreet Boys||"Believe" by Cher|| Millennium |
|R. Kelly||Dixie Chicks|| Backstreet Boys |
| Kathy Griffin and |
|11||2000||Destiny's Child||Sisqó||Christina Aguilera||Sisqó||Destiny's Child||"Breathe" by Faith Hill|| No Strings Attached |
|Sisqó||Dixie Chicks||Creed|| Sisqó |
| Kathy Griffin and |
|12||2001||Shaggy||Destiny's Child||Lifehouse||Destiny's Child||"Hanging by a Moment" |
| 1 |
|R. Kelly||Romeo Miller||Tim McGraw||Godsmack|| R. Kelly and |
|13||2002||Nelly||Nelly||Ashanti||Ashanti||Creed||"How You Remind Me" |
| The Eminem Show |
|Ashanti||Nelly||Puddle of Mudd|| Ashanti |
|Cedric the Entertainer|
|14||2003||50 Cent||not awarded|| Get Rich or Die Tryin' |
|50 Cent||50 Cent||Shania Twain||Audioslave|| R. Kelly |
|Ryan Seacrest with Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson|
|15||2004||Usher||Usher||Alicia Keys||Outkast||"Yeah!" by Usher |
(feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris)
| Confessions |
|Usher||Kanye West||Toby Keith||Linkin Park|| Usher |
|16||2005||50 Cent||Gwen Stefani||"We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey|| The Massacre |
|50 Cent||50 Cent||Toby Keith||Green Day|| 50 Cent and |
|LL Cool J|
|17||2006||Chris Brown||Chris Brown||Rihanna||Chris Brown||Nickelback||"Bad Day" by Daniel Powter|| Some Hearts |
|Mary J. Blige||T.I.||Kenny Chesney||Nickelback|| Mary J. Blige |
|2007–2010 not held|
|Top Artist||Top Male Artist||Top Female Artist||Top New Artist||Top Duo/Group||Top Hot 100 Song||Top Billboard 200 Album||Top|
|18||2011||ABC||Eminem||Eminem||Rihanna||Justin Bieber||The Black Eyed Peas||"Dynamite" by Taio Cruz|| Recovery |
|Usher||Eminem||Taylor Swift||Train|| Eminem |
|Ken Jeong||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|19||2012||Adele||Lil Wayne||Adele||Wiz Khalifa||LMFAO||"Party Rock Anthem" |
(feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock)
| 21 |
|Chris Brown||Lil Wayne||Lady Antebellum||Coldplay|| Adele |
| Julie Bowen and |
|20||2013||Taylor Swift||Justin Bieber||Taylor Swift||One Direction||One Direction||"Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye (feat. Kimbra)|| Red |
|Rihanna||Nicki Minaj||Taylor Swift||Fun|| Taylor Swift |
|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||Eminem||Luke Bryan||Imagine Dragons|| Justin Timberlake |
|22||2015||Taylor Swift||Sam Smith||Taylor Swift||Sam Smith||One Direction||"All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor|| 1989 |
|Pharrell Williams||Iggy Azalea||Florida Georgia Line||Hozier|| Taylor Swift |
| Ludacris and |
|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 |
|Ludacris and Ciara||T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|24||2017||Drake||Drake||Beyoncé||Zayn Malik||Twenty One Pilots||"Closer" by The Chainsmokers (feat. Halsey)|| Views |
|Beyoncé||Blake Shelton|| Drake |
| Ludacris and |
|25||2018||NBC||Ed Sheeran||Ed Sheeran||Taylor Swift||Khalid||Imagine Dragons||"Despacito"|
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee (feat. Justin Bieber)
| DAMN |
|Bruno Mars||Kendrick Lamar||Chris Stapleton||Imagine Dragons|| Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar |
|Kelly Clarkson||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada|
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.
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.
Artist Achievement Award
Sir Roderick David Stewart, is a British rock singer and songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry. Stewart is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide. He has had six consecutive number one albums in the UK and his tally of 62 UK hit singles includes 31 that reached the top ten, six of which gained the #1 position. Stewart has had 16 top ten singles in the US, with four reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. He was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to music and charity.
Janet Damita Jo Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and dancer. A prominent figure in popular culture, she is known for sonically innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, and elaborate stage shows.
Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer-songwriter, actress and businesswoman. Referred to as the "Queen of Pop" since the 1980s, Madonna is known for pushing the boundaries of songwriting in mainstream popular music and for the imagery she uses onstage and in music videos. She has frequently reinvented her music and image while maintaining autonomy within the recording industry. Her work had sparked controversy, but has been praised by music critics. Madonna is often cited as an influence by other artists.
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter, actress, record producer and dancer. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of the R&B girl-group Destiny's Child. Managed by her father, Mathew Knowles, the group became one of the best-selling girl groups in history. Their hiatus saw Beyoncé's theatrical film debut in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) and the release of her first solo album, Dangerously in Love (2003). The album established her as a solo artist worldwide, debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and earning five Grammy Awards, and featured the Billboard Hot 100 number one singles "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy".
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American singer and actress. She was cited as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records and remains one of the best-selling music artists of all time with 200 million records sold worldwide. She released seven studio albums and two soundtrack albums, all of which have been certified diamond, multi-platinum, platinum, or gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Houston's crossover appeal on the popular music charts—as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for "How Will I Know"—influenced several African-American women artists who followed in her footsteps.
Bobbi Kristina Brown was an American reality television and media personality and singer. She was the daughter of singers Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston. Her parents' fame kept Bobbi Kristina in the public eye, including her appearances on the reality show Being Bobby Brown. Brown was 14 when her parents divorced and Houston gained custody. When Houston died in February 2012, Brown was the sole beneficiary of her mother's estate.
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.
The record for most Billboard Music Awards won is held by Taylor Swift with 25 wins.
|Artist||Number of awards|
|Mary J. Blige||10|
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.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. 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.
|Year||Day||Date||Network||Household ratings||18–49 ratings||Viewers|
|2007–2010 not held|
Usher Raymond IV is an American singer, songwriter and dancer. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee until moving to Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of 12, his mother put him in local singing competitions, before catching the attention of a music A&R from LaFace Records. He released his self-titled debut album, Usher (1994) but rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way (1997). It spawned his first U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, "Nice & Slow", among top-two singles "You Make Me Wanna..." and "My Way". 8701 (2001) produced the number-one singles "U Remind Me" and "U Got It Bad", as well as top-three single "U Don't Have to Call". It sold eight million copies worldwide and won his first two Grammy Awards as Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2002 and 2003.
The American Music Awards (AMAs) is an annual American music awards show, generally held in the Fall, created by Dick Clark in 1973 for ABC when the network's contract to air the Grammy Awards expired. It is the first of the Big Three music award shows held annually. Unlike the Grammys, which are awarded on the basis of votes by members of the Recording Academy, the AMAs are determined by a poll of the public and fans, who can vote through the AMAs website. The award statuette is manufactured by New York firm Society Awards.
Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, known by his stage name Daddy Yankee, is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, rapper, actor, and record producer. Ayala was born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, and was raised in the neighborhood of Villa Kennedy Housing Projects. Daddy Yankee is the artist who coined the word Reggaeton in 1994 to describe the new music genre that was emerging from Puerto Rico; he is known as the "King of Reggaetón" by music critics and fans alike.
Carrie Marie Underwood is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol, in 2005. Her debut single, "Inside Your Heaven", is the only country song to debut at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. Her debut album, Some Hearts, was released in 2005. Bolstered by the huge crossover success of the singles "Jesus, Take the Wheel" and "Before He Cheats", it became the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history, the fastest-selling debut country album in Nielsen SoundScan history and the best-selling country album of the last 16 years. Underwood won three Grammy Awards for the album, including Best New Artist.
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Amethyst Amelia Kelly, known professionally as Iggy Azalea, is an Australian rapper, singer, songwriter, model and television personality. Azalea moved to the United States at the age of 16 to pursue a career in music, and has since resided in Los Angeles. Her stage name, from the masculine Egnatius, comes from the name of her dog and the street she lived on. She earned public recognition after releasing music videos for her songs "Pu$$y" and "Two Times" on YouTube. In 2012 Azalea signed a recording contract with Grand Hustle Records, which is owned by American rapper T.I., after gaining attention from her first full-length project, a mixtape titled Ignorant Art.
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Nathan John Feuerstein, known professionally as NF, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. He released an EP in 2014 with Capitol CMG, NF, which was his breakthrough release on the Billboard charts. He has released three studio albums: Mansion in 2015, Therapy Session in 2016 and Perception in 2017, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts. His single "Let You Down", from the album Perception, brought him worldwide fame, charting internationally and going triple platinum.
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