The Weeknd, DaBaby + Meg Thee Stallion Lead BBMAs

The 2021 Billboard Music Awards has announced a massive amount of nominations for the likes of music superstars The Weekend, DaBaby and Megan Thee Stallion. Next month’s awards show will have a huge hip-hop presence on deck.

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The Weeknd, DaBaby + Meg Thee Stallion Leads BBMAs

The Billboard Music Awards has Weeknd leading the pack with nearly 20 nods. Rap heavyweight DaBaby and the late Pop Smoke follow closely behind.

On Thursday, the Billboard Music Awards announced its group of 2021 nominees, led by The Weeknd with 16 nod, followed by rapper DaBaby with 11 nominations and the late Pop Smoke with 10 nods. Gabby Barrett and Megan Thee Stallion are the two women nominees with the most nominations with nine and seven nominations, respectively. This year’s awards show is based on chart data from March 21, 2020 through April 3, 2021 with winners based on “key fan interactions with music,” including song sales, streaming and social engagement. Meanwhile the top social artist and top collaboration categories are fan-voted. (People)

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The Weeknd, DaBaby, Pop Smoke and Megan Thee Stallion secure tons of nods.

Meg’s Roc Nation label made sure to acknowledge her nominations with a shout-out.

“Congratulations to the #RocFam on their Billboard Music Award Nominations!”

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The Weeknd Can’t Hide Excitement Over His New Music

The Weeknd’s album After Hours has dominated the scene ever since its March 2020 release, and yet somehow it was completely shunned by the Grammy Awards. Although he’s decided to boycott the Grammys, whatever the “Blinding Lights” hitmaker recently alluded on Twitter may not be able to be denied.

“made so much magic in the small quarantined room … now just piecing it all together… it’s so beautiful”

The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’ Breaks All-Time Record

The Toronto native’s hit single “Blinding Lights” has been in the Billboard Hot 100’s top 10 for more than a year and recently became the longest-reigning No. 1 song in the chart’s history. Only three songs have ever spent more time on the Hot 100, and those three — Imagine Dragons‘ “Radioactive,” AWOLNATION‘s “Sail” and Jason Mraz‘s “I’m Yours” — never reached No. 1 like The Weeknd’s signature tune.


Grammys Respond To The Boycott

It’s still tough to believe The Weeknd was completely shut out of this year’s Grammy nominations, given the success of singles like “Blinding Lights” and his chart-topping album After Hours. Following the award snub, it was reported that the artist will no longer let his label submit his music to the Grammys because of “secret committees.”

Grammys chief honcho Harvey Mason Jr. is responding to The Weeknd’s boycott saying the Grammys is disappointed when anyone is upset. He also said, in a statement to The New York Times, the Grammys is constantly evolving and it’s “going to take a hard look at how to improve our awards process, including the nomination review committees.” (TMZ)