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BTS, The Weeknd top winners at Billboard Music Awards 2021

By Kara Santos Published May 24, 2021 1:43 pm

The Weeknd scored the biggest win at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards, taking home the award for Top Artist.

The Weeknd took home ten awards in various categories announced off-air prior to the live telecast held on Sunday (May 23) in Los Angeles, including Top Male Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top R&B Artist and Top R&B Male Artist.

In addition, After Hours was named Top R&B Album, while his single Blinding Lights won for Top Radio Song and Top R&B Song.

BTS also swept the awards, winning Top Selling Artist, Top Duo/Group, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Social Artist, and Top Selling Song, for their hit, Dynamite. The group also performed their latest single, Butter which they dropped on Friday.

Drake, who holds the title for most Billboard Music Award wins of all time, was honored with the Artist of the Decade Award. The rapper was joined onstage by his son Adonis as he accepted his award.

Pink accepted the Icon Award, presented by Jon Bon Jovi, after performing a string of her best-known songs, including Just Like a Pill, Get the Party Started, and So What. She also delivered a moving aerial performance of her new single, Cover Me in Sunshine, with her daughter, Willow.

Pop Smoke also won four off-air awards, including top new artist, top rap artist, top rap male artist and top rap album.

Check out the full list of winners of the 2021 Billboard Music Awards below.

Top Artist

  • WINNER: The Weeknd
  • Drake
  • Juice WRLD
  • Pop Smoke
  • Taylor Swift

Top New Artist

  • WINNER: Pop Smoke
  • Gabby Barrett
  • Doja Cat
  • Jack Harlow
  • Rod Wave

Top Male Artist

  • WINNER: The Weeknd
  • Drake
  • Juice WRLD
  • Lil Baby
  • Pop Smoke

Top Female Artist

  • WINNER: Taylor Swift
  • Billie Eilish
  • Ariana Grande
  • Dua Lipa
  • Megan Thee Stallion

Top Duo/Group

  • WINNER: BTS
  • AC/DC
  • AJR
  • Dan + Shay
  • Maroon 5

Top Billboard 200 Artist

  • WINNER: Taylor Swift
  • Drake
  • Juice WRLD
  • Pop Smoke
  • Post Malone

Top Hot 100 Artist

  • WINNER: The Weeknd
  • DaBaby
  • Drake
  • Dua Lipa
  • Pop Smoke

Top Streaming Songs Artist

  • WINNER: Drake
  • DaBaby
  • Lil Baby
  • Pop Smoke
  • The Weeknd

Top Song Sales Artist

  • WINNER: BTS
  • Justin Bieber
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Morgan Wallen
  • The Weeknd

Top Radio Songs Artist

  • WINNER: The Weeknd
  • Justin Bieber
  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Dua Lipa
  • Harry Styles

Top Social Artist (Fan Voted)

  • WINNER: BTS
  • Blackpink
  • Ariana Grande
  • SB1
  • Seventeen

Top R&B Artist

  • WINNER: The Weeknd
  • Jhené Aiko
  • Justin Bieber
  • Chris Brown
  • Doja Cat

Top R&B Male Artist

  • WINNER: The Weeknd
  • Justin Bieber
  • Chris Brown

Top R&B Female Artist

  • WINNER: Doja Cat
  • Jhené Aiko
  • SZA

Top Rap Artist

  • WINNER: Pop Smoke
  • DaBaby
  • Drake
  • Juice WRLD
  • Lil Baby

Top Rap Male Artist

  • WINNER: Pop Smoke
  • Juice WRLD
  • Lil Baby

Top Rap Female Artist

  • WINNER: Megan Thee Stallion
  • Cardi B
  • Saweetie

Top Country Artist

  • WINNER: Morgan Wallen
  • Gabby Barrett
  • Kane Brown
  • Luke Combs
  • Chris Stapleton

Top Country Male Artist

  • WINNER: Morgan Wallen
  • Luke Combs
  • Chris Stapleton

Top Country Female Artist

  • WINNER: Gabby Barrett
  • Maren Morris
  • Carrie Underwood

Top Country Duo/Group

  • WINNER: Florida Georgia Line
  • Dan + Shay
  • Maddie & Tae

Top Rock Artist

  • WINNER: Machine Gun Kelly
  • AC/DC
  • AJR
  • Five Finger Death Punch
  • Twenty One Pilots

Top Latin Artist

  • WINNER: Bad Bunny
  • Anuel AA
  • J Balvin
  • Maluma
  • Ozuna

Top Latin Male Artist

  • WINNER: Bad Bunny
  • J Balvin
  • Ozuna

Top Latin Female Artist

  • WINNER: Karol G
  • Becky G
  • Rosalía

Top Latin Duo/Group

  • WINNER: Eslabón Armado
  • Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga
  • Los Dos Carnales

Top Dance/Electronic Artist

  • WINNER: Lady Gaga
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Kygo
  • Marshmello
  • Surf Mesa

Top Christian Artist

  • WINNER: Elevation Worship
  • Casting Crowns
  • For King & Country
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Zach Williams

Top Gospel Artist

  • WINNER: Kanye West
  • Kirk Franklin
  • Koryn Hawthorne
  • Tasha Cobbs Leonard
  • Maverick City Music

Top Billboard 200 Album

  • WINNER: Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
  • Juice WRLD, Legends Never Die
  • Lil Baby, My Turn
  • Taylor Swift, Folklore
  • The Weeknd, After Hours

Top R&B Album

  • WINNER: The Weeknd, After Hours
  • Jhené Aiko, Chilombo
  • Chris Brown & Young Thug, Slime & B
  • Doja Cat, Hot Pink
  • Kehlani, It Was Good Until It Wasn't

Top Rap Album

  • WINNER: Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
  • DaBaby, Blame It on Baby
  • Juice WRLD, Legends Never Die
  • Lil Baby, My Turn
  • Lil Uzi Vert, Eternal Atake

Top Country Album

  • WINNER: Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: The Double Album
  • Gabby Barrett, Goldmine
  • Sam Hunt, Southside
  • Chris Stapleton, Starting Over
  • Carrie Underwood, My Gift

Top Rock Album

  • WINNER: Machine Gun Kelly, Tickets to My Downfall
  • AC/DC, Power Up
  • Miley Cyrus, Plastic Hearts
  • Glass Animals, Dreamland
  • Bruce Springsteen, Letter to You

Top Latin Album

  • WINNER: Bad Bunny, YHLQMDLG
  • Anuel AA, Emmanuel
  • Bad Bunny, El Último Tour Del Mundo
  • Bad Bunny, Las que no iban a salir
  • J Balvin, Colores

Top Dance/Electronic Album

  • WINNER: Lady Gaga, Chromatica
  • DJ Snake, Carte Blanche
  • Gryffin, Gravity
  • Kygo, Golden Hour
  • Kylie Minogue, Disco

Top Christian Album

  • WINNER: Carrie Underwood, My Gift
  • Bethel Music, Peace
  • Elevation Worship, Grave Into Gardens
  • We The Kingdom, Holy Water
  • Zach Williams, Rescue Story

Top Gospel Album

  • WINNER: Maverick City Music, Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 1
  • Koryn Hawthorne, I Am
  • Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Royalty: Live at the Ryman
  • Maverick City Music, Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 2
  • Kierra Sheard, Kierra

Top Hot 100 Song

  • WINNER: The Weeknd, "Blinding Lights"
  • 24kGoldn ft. Iann Dior, "Mood"
  • Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, "I Hope"
  • Chris Brown & Young Thug, "Go Crazy"
  • DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, "Rockstar"

Top Streaming Song

  • WINNER: DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, "Rockstar"
  • Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, "WAP"
  • Future ft. Drake, "Life Is Good"
  • Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne, "What's Poppin"
  • The Weeknd, "Blinding Lights"

Top Selling Song

  • WINNER: BTS, "Dynamite"
  • Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, "I Hope"
  • Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, "WAP"
  • Megan Thee Stallion, "Savage"
  • The Weeknd, "Blinding Lights"

Top Radio Song

  • WINNER: The Weeknd, "Blinding Lights"
  • Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, "I Hope"
  • Chris Brown & Young Thug, "Go Crazy"
  • Dua Lipa, "Don't Start Now"
  • Harry Styles, "Adore You"

Top Collaboration (Fan Voted)

  • WINNER: Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, "I Hope"
  • 24kGoldn ft. Iann Dior, "Mood"
  • Chris Brown & Young Thug, "Go Crazy"
  • DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, "Rockstar"
  • Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne, "What's Poppin"

Top R&B Song

  • WINNER: The Weeknd, "Blinding Lights"
  • Jhené Aiko ft. H.E.R., "B.S."
  • Justin Bieber ft. Quavo, "Intentions"
  • Chris Brown & Young Thug, "Go Crazy"
  • Doja Cat, "Say So"

Top Rap Song

  • WINNER: DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, "Rockstar"
  • 24kGoldn ft. Iann Dior, "Mood"
  • Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, "WAP"
  • Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne, "What's Poppin"
  • Megan Thee Stallion, "Savage"

Top Country Song 

  • WINNER: Gabby Barrett, "I Hope"
  • Jason Aldean, "Got What I Got"
  • Lee Brice, "One of Them Girls"
  • Morgan Wallen, "Chasin' You"
  • Morgan Wallen, "More Than My Hometown"

Top Rock Song

  • WINNER: AJR, "Bang!"
  • All Time Low ft. Blackbear, "Monsters"
  • Glass Animals, "Heat Waves"
  • Machine Gun Kelly ft. Blackbear, "My Ex's Best Friend"
  • Twenty One Pilots, "Level of Concern"

Top Latin Song

  • WINNER: Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez, "Dákiti"
  • Bad Bunny, "Yo Perreo Sola"
  • Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin, "Ritmo (Bad Boys for Life)"
  • Maluma & the Weeknd, "Hawái"
  • Ozuna & Karol G & Myke Towers, "Caramelo"

Top Dance/Electronic Song

  • WINNER: Saint Jhn, "Roses (Imanbek Remix)"
  • Lady Gaga, "Stupid Love"
  • Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande, "Rain on Me"
  • Surf Mesa ft. Emilee, "ILY (I Love You Baby)"
  • Topic & A7S, "Breaking Me"

Top Christian Song

  • WINNER: Elevation Worship ft. Brandon Lake, "Graves Into Gardens"
  • for KING & COUNTRY, Kirk Franklin & Tori Kelly, "Together"
  • Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, & Elevation Worship, "The Blessing (Live)"
  • Tauren Wells ft. Jenn Johnson, "Famous For (I Believe)"
  • Zach Williams & Dolly Parton, "There Was Jesus"

Top Gospel Song

  • WINNER: Kanye West ft. Travis Scott, "Wash Us In the Blood"
  • Koryn Hawthorne, "Speak To Me"
  • Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music, "Movin' On"
  • Marvin Sapp, "Thank You For It All"
  • Tye Tribbett, "We Gon' Be Alright"

(Images via Billboard Music Awards @BBMAs)