2021 Billboard Music Awards red carpet: Pink works a plunging frock

Pink, Alicia Keys, and Saweetie led the stars at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday. 

The superstars brightened up the red carpet in their brightly-hued ensembles, consisting of eye-catching shades of fuchsia, pink, and tangerine orange. 

Pink, 41, took the plunge in a dazzling fuchsia gown with a matching pair of chandelier style earrings upping the glam factor. 

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The hit-maker styled her signature blonde cropped locks into a curly hairdo and added a slick of radiant make-up for the star-studded ceremony.   

Pink, real name Alecia Beth Moore, was joined by her two children, Willow, nine, and Jameson, four, who were both looking cool in their own red carpet-ready looks.

Meanwhile, Alicia, 40, bared her gym-honed abs in a blush pink crop top, matching trousers, and billowing jacket hanging over her elbows. 

Family affair! The singer, real name Alecia Beth Moore, was joined by her two children, Willow, nine, and Jameson, four, who were both looking cool in their own red carpet-ready looks

Amazing: Pink, 41, took the plunge in a dazzling fuchsia gown with a matching pair of chandelier style earrings upping the glam factor

Family affair! The singer, real name Alecia Beth Moore, was joined by her two children, Willow, nine, and Jameson, four, who were both looking cool in their own red carpet-ready looks

Super glamorous: The hit-maker styled her signature blonde cropped locks into a curly hairdo and added a slick of radiant make-up for the star-studded ceremony

Super glamorous: The hit-maker styled her signature blonde cropped locks into a curly hairdo and added a slick of radiant make-up for the star-studded ceremony

Ab fab! Meanwhile, Alicia, 40, bared her gym-honed abs in a blush pink crop top, matching trousers, and billowing jacket hanging over her elbows

Ab fab! Meanwhile, Alicia, 40, bared her gym-honed abs in a blush pink crop top, matching trousers, and billowing jacket hanging over her elbows  

Working it! Also putting on head-turning display was My Type singer Saweetie, 27, who flashed her cleavage in a princess-style gown adorned with a floral design and tulle skirt

Glamorous: The musician finished her glamorous look with dazzling diamond earrings, statement pink nails and stylish silver heels

Working it! Also putting on head-turning display was My Type singer Saweetie, 27, who flashed her cleavage in a princess-style gown adorned with a floral design and tulle skirt 

The singer looked radiant as she posed up a storm in her eye-catching ensemble and finished her look with a pair of matching coloured heels.

Also putting on head-turning display was My Type singer Saweetie, 27, who flashed her cleavage in a princess-style gown adorned with a floral design and tulle skirt. 

The musician finished her glamorous look with dazzling diamond earrings, statement pink nails and stylish silver heels. 

Makeup architect Deanna Paley used Pat McGrath’s Sublime Perfection Foundation to highlight Saweetie’s flawless complexion and gave her a signature sharp wing with the Perma Precision Eyeliner.

‘For a pop of color I used Desert Orchid blush with a touch of Nymphette blush dusted on the cheeks,’ Paley said, before adding Nude Venus lip shine and Bronze Divinity gloss to finish the look.

Elsewhere on the red carpet, Doja Cat put on a traffic-stopping display in a black-and-white crop top, billowing sleeves, and flared leggings.  

Legs get together! Priyanka Chopra wowed in a crystal-encrusted gold gown with thigh-high slit as she posed with husband Nick Jonas

XOXO: The power couple did not let the spotlight stop them from showering each other with affection

Legs get together! Priyanka Chopra wowed in a crystal-encrusted gold gown with thigh-high slit as she posed with husband Nick Jonas

Heaven sent! Gabrielle Union, pictured, and Padma Lakshmi looked divine in their stunning white ensembles

Suits her! Padma dazzled in her crystal-encrusted suit

Heaven sent! Gabrielle Union and Padma Lakshmi (L-R) looked divine in their stunning white ensembles

 Celebrity stylist Jared Henderson used a few go-to products from Joico’s range including hairsprays and oils to ‘keep her hair in place all night while also producing maximum shine and gloss under all of the lights.’ 

‘Our theme of the night was Afrocentric Futurism so I wanted to incorporate braided elements in our hairstyles tonight while also pulling the hair out of her face so that the outfits really shined for the evening,’ Henderson added of Doja’s stellar look.

Priyanka Chopra looked sensational in a plunging crystal-encrusted sheer dress with a daring thigh-high slit and gold belt. 

The Quantico actress did not let the spotlight stop her from showering her husband Nick Jonas, who is also hosting the show, with affection as they sweetly packed on the PDA. 

Gabrielle Union looked breathtaking in a plunging white Prada dress that skimmed the floor and highlighted her toned curves. 

The Bring It On actress complimented the look with a baby pink Coach purse and styled her brunette locks into a sleek sweptback hairdo, adding a slick of gorgeous make-up. 

Flashing the flesh! Padma's dazzling suit showcased plenty of cleavage

Details: The star accessorised with a dazzling diamond clutch bag

Flashing the flesh! Padma’s dazzling suit showcased plenty of cleavage 

Also working an all-white ensemble was Padma Lakshmi, who looked stunning in a plunging suit adorned with crystals. 

The Bravo star accessorized the look with an array of silver necklaces cascading down her cleavage and a sparkly clutch bag. 

Elsewhere, all eyes were on Megan Fox and her boyfriend Machine Gun Kelly, who did not shy away from packing on the PDA on the red carpet.

The rapper, 31, showed off his black tongue as the couple put on a very amorous display and posed up a storm at the event. 

Family matters! Drake couldn't have looked any happier posing on the red carpet with his parents Sandi Graham and Dennis Graham

Family matters! Drake couldn’t have looked any happier posing on the red carpet with his parents Sandi Graham and Dennis Graham

Sparkle and shine! Dixie D'Amelio stole the show in her glittering metallic number as she posed with boyfriend Noah Beck

Sweet: The duo posed up a storm together on the red carpet

Sparkle and shine! Dixie D’Amelio stole the show in her glittering metallic number as she posed with boyfriend Noah Beck

Looking out of this world! Kelsea Ballerini put on a very leggy display in a revealing LBD designed with stars and crescent moons

Looking out of this world! Kelsea Ballerini put on a very leggy display in a revealing LBD designed with stars and crescent moons

Details: The stunning item of clothing featured a sheer waist

Work it: The star accessorised with silver jewellery and metallic heels

Details: The stunning item of clothing featured a sheer waist and the star accessorised with silver jewellery and metallic heels

Megan dropped jaws in a very revealing black bodysuit teamed with a sheer mesh skirt, putting her sensational toned figure on display.

Turning the red carpet into a family affair, Drake was joined for his big moment alongside his parents, Sandi Graham and Dennis Graham.

The rapper couldn’t have looked any happier soaking up the spotlight alongside his parents, and it’s no wonder why – Drake was the recipient of Artist Of The Decade.   

TikTok star Dixie D’Amelio looked stunning in a metallic halter dress as she posed beside her handsome boyfriend Noah Beck. 

Sending temperatures soaring! Kehlani was looking red hot in a dazzling beaded bra top, crimson shrug and matching semi-sheer skirt

Sizzling: Kehlani's curve-clinging skirt displayed her toned figure

Sending temperatures soaring! Kehlani was looking red hot in a dazzling beaded bra top, crimson shrug and matching semi-sheer skirt

Ready for The Weeknd! Music sensation The Weeknd looked ready for business in his suit and tie

Ready for The Weeknd! Music sensation The Weeknd looked ready for business in his suit and tie 

Making them green with envy! Host Nick Jonas, pictured, and Lena Waithe hit the show in various shades of green

Making them green with envy! Nick Jonas and Lena Waithe, pictured, hit the show in various shades of green

Making them green with envy! Host Nick Jonas and Lena Waithe (L-R) hit the show in various shades of green 

Kelsea Ballerini looked out of this world in a black LBD with star and crescent moon designs which had a sheer inset on the waist. 

Kehlani was looking red hot in a dazzling beaded bra top, crimson shrug and matching semi-sheer skirt, which she accessorised with a dazzling diamond necklace.  

Celebrities were dressed to impress for another action-packed night of music, hosted by singer Nick Jonas live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It is the first time the 28-year-old singer and actor has hosted the show. 

Simply stunning! Cynthia Erivo wowed in a ruffled polka dot dress

Details: It featured a thigh-high slit and a stunning strapless neckline

Simply stunning! Cynthia Erivo wowed in a ruffled polka dot dress with thigh-high slit 

Looking good! Migos members Takeoff, Quavo, and Offset stole the red carpet spotlight

Looking good! Migos members Takeoff, Quavo, and Offset stole the red carpet spotlight 

Spot on! DJ Khaled kept his cool in a polka dot shirt, black trousers, and green and yellow sneakers

Details: The star finished the look with matching trainers and diamond necklaces

Spot on! DJ Khaled kept his cool in a polka dot shirt, black trousers, and green and yellow sneakers 

Music makers! The Jonas Brothers shared the spotlight with Marshmellow, whom they collaborated with on their new single Leave Before You Love Me

Music makers! The Jonas Brothers shared the spotlight with Marshmellow, whom they collaborated with on their new single Leave Before You Love Me

Billboard said in a statement earlier this month: ‘This is Jonas’ first time as host of the Billboard Music Awards, which is two years older than he is. (He’s 28; the show launched 30 years ago).

‘But he’s had lots of awards show experience, including teaming with his wife, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, to announce this year’s Oscar nominations.’ 

Nick – who is taking over from Kelly Clarkson as presenter – joked: ‘Truly an honor to have already received the first preemptive 2021 #BBMAs award. Best host ever?! Wow! Tune-in May 23rd at 8pm ET/5pm PT on @NBC.’  

Brotherly love! Nick, Joe, and Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers struck a pose on the red carpet

Stylish: The trio looked effortlessly stylish in their ensembles

Brotherly love! Nick, Joe, and Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers struck a pose on the red carpet

Golden girl! Gabby Barrett took Hollywood glamour to a whole new level with her lavish gold dress

Golden girl! Gabby Barrett took Hollywood glamour to a whole new level with her lavish gold dress

Beauty: The star styled her blonde locks into a sleek sweptback hairdo, she added a slick of gorgeous make-up

Wow: The star posed up a storm in her breathtaking gown

Beauty: The star styled her blonde locks into a sleek sweptback hairdo, she added a slick of gorgeous make-up  

It takes two! The singer was joined by her husband, Cade Foehner, on the red carpet

It takes two! The singer was joined by her husband, Cade Foehner, on the red carpet 

The Weeknd kicked off the 2021 Billboard Music Awards with the first win of the night for the Top Hot 100 Artist Award. 

It was a triumphant win for The Weeknd, who had recently been snubbed by the Grammy Awards after his album After Hours didn’t receive a single nomination.

Since then, he has decided to boycott the ceremony, and even after the Grammys eliminated some of its secret committees that determine the nominees, he has kept up his boycott. 

Razzle dazzle! Tina Knowles rocked a crystal-encrusted black suit and chic heels

Friends in high places! The duo struck a pose on the red carpet after Drake's big win

Razzle dazzle! Tina Knowles rocked a crystal-encrusted black suit and chic heels as she later posed with Drake 

Hello sunshine! Chelsea Handler was a vision in a summery yellow dress and gold heels

Details: The star accessorised with matching heels

Hello sunshine! Chelsea Handler was a vision in a summery yellow dress and gold heels 

Rock on! All Time Low members Rian Dawson, Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, and Zack Merrick were ready to rock

Rock on! All Time Low members Rian Dawson, Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, and Zack Merrick were ready to rock

Wild things! Glass Animals members Edmund Irwin-Singer, Drew MacFarlane, Dave Bayley, and Joe Seaward made a stylish appearance at the show

Wild things! Glass Animals members Edmund Irwin-Singer, Drew MacFarlane, Dave Bayley, and Joe Seaward made a stylish appearance at the show

The Weeknd took to the stage looking dapper in a black overcoat and tie while sporting a close-cropped beard. 

‘It’s been a dark year and you brought light and escape with your music, genius, brilliance, and you deserve this award just as much as I do, if not more,’ he complimented his fellow nominees, including DaBaby, Drake, Dua Lipa and Pop Smoke. 

The Weeknd, real name: Abel Tesfaye, also joked that he was happy to be done wearing the red suit he’s worn in almost all of his music videos and performances in the wake of After Hours. 

The singing sensation won an impressive ten out the sixteen nominations he was up for, including Top Artist and Top R&B album for After Hours.   

Picture perfect! Lindsay Diann looked fab in an edgy white number that put her legs on display

Looking good! Lil Rel Howery was looking smart with his plaid trousers, leather footwear, and brown button down

Picture perfect! Lindsay Diann looked fab in an edgy white number that put her legs on display as she posed with Lil Rel Howery

Standing out! Leslie Odom Jr. rocked a bright yellow coat and glossy leather shoes

Standing out! Leslie Odom Jr. rocked a bright yellow coat and glossy leather shoes

Stealing the spotlight! Surf Mesa, pictured, and Iann Dior grabbed attention on the red carpet

Stealing the spotlight! Surf Mesa and Iann Dior, pictured, grabbed attention on the red carpet

Stealing the spotlight! Surf Mesa and Iann Dior, L-R, grabbed attention on the red carpet 

Dynamic duo! Gabrielle and Renée looked breathtaking for the camera as they posed for a photo

Dynamic duo! Gabrielle and Renée looked breathtaking for the camera as they posed for a photo 

The Weeknd sweeps the board with TEN trophies at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards… after his mega-hit album was completely snubbed by the Grammys 

The Weeknd won big at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday evening with a stunning 10 wins and the final award of the night for Top Artist.

The ceremony was being hosted by the injured Nick Jonas, who was making his debuting helming it.

The Weeknd was nominated for the top award alongside the fallen rappers Juice WRLD and Pop Smoke plus Drake and Taylor Swift.

‘What a night it’s been,’ he said, sounding stunned, before sharing kind words for his parents. ‘I want to take this opportunity to thank my parents. I love you guys so much. I am the man I am today because of you, so thank you, and thank you to my fans, of course.

Biggest winner: The Weeknd won big at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday evening with a stunning 10 wins and the final award of the night for Top Artist, as well as the opening prize Top Hot 100 Artist

Biggest winner: The Weeknd won big at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday evening with a stunning 10 wins and the final award of the night for Top Artist, as well as the opening prize Top Hot 100 Artist

‘I do not take this for granted,’ he added before departing the stage.

Lil Rel Howery presented the first award of the night for Top Hot 100 Artist, which also went toThe Weeknd.

The Get Out star joked that he got Glenn Close to do the Butt at the Oscars, so he was going to try to get Barbra Streisand to do the Tootsie Roll if he ran into her tonight.

It was a triumphant win for The Weeknd, who had recently been snubbed by the Grammy Awards after his album After Hours didn’t receive a single nomination.

Since that kerfuffle, he’s decided to boycott the ceremony, and even after the Grammys eliminated some of its secret committees that determine the nominees he kept up his boycott.

Out of the dark: 'It's been a dark year and you brought light and escape with your music, genius, brilliance, and you deserve this award just as much as I do, if not more,' he complimented his fellow nominees

Out of the dark: ‘It’s been a dark year and you brought light and escape with your music, genius, brilliance, and you deserve this award just as much as I do, if not more,’ he complimented his fellow nominees

Top prizes: The Weeknd was nominated for 16 awards and won the most of the evening with 10. He took a moment to show off his golden microphones after the ceremony

Top prizes: The Weeknd was nominated for 16 awards and won the most of the evening with 10. He took a moment to show off his golden microphones after the ceremony

Best of luck: Lil Rel Howery presented the first award and joked that he got Glenn Close to do the Butt at the Oscars, so he was going to try to get Barbra Streisand to do the Tootsie Roll

Best of luck: Lil Rel Howery presented the first award and joked that he got Glenn Close to do the Butt at the Oscars, so he was going to try to get Barbra Streisand to do the Tootsie Roll

The singer took to the stage looking dapper in a black overcoat and tie while sporting a close-cropped beard.

‘It’s been a dark year and you brought light and escape with your music, genius, brilliance, and you deserve this award just as much as I do, if not more,’ he complimented his fellow nominees, including DaBaby, Drake, Dua Lipa and Pop Smoke.

The Weeknd (real name: Abel Tesfaye) also joked that he was happy to be done wearing the red suit he’s worn in almost all of his music videos and performances in the wake of After Hours.

He had already won seven awards prior to the first on-screen award with Top Male Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top R&B Male Artist, Top R&B Album, Top Radio Song, and Top R&B Song.

He’s nominated for an impressive 16 awards total.

 

Ouch: The host Nick Jonas was soldiering through his hosting job despite recently injury his ribs while filming a new stunt-based show for NBC, which is also broadcasting the Billboard Awards

Ouch: The host Nick Jonas was soldiering through his hosting job despite recently injury his ribs while filming a new stunt-based show for NBC, which is also broadcasting the Billboard Awards

Kicking off in style: The ceremony opened with Doja Cat and SZA putting on a candy-colored performance of their song Kiss Me More

Kicking off in style: The ceremony opened with Doja Cat and SZA putting on a candy-colored performance of their song Kiss Me More

Eye-catching: SZA showed off a striking yellow wig with jeweled-covered lingerie

Eye-catching: SZA showed off a striking yellow wig with jeweled-covered lingerie

Already a winner: Doja Cat won Top R&B Female Artist before the broadcast even began

Already a winner: Doja Cat won Top R&B Female Artist before the broadcast even began

The Save Your Tears hitmaker’s acclaimed album After Hours — which was snubbed at the Grammy Awards — is in contention for Top Billboard 200 Album and Top R&B Album.

The 31-year-old megastar is also nominated for Top Male Artist, Top R&B Artist and Top Hot 100 song for Blinding Lights. DaBaby is in the running for 11 awards, while Pop Smoke has posthumously received 10 nominations.

The host Nick Jonas was soldiering through his hosting job despite recently injury his ribs while filming a new stunt-based show for NBC, which is also broadcasting the Billboard Awards.

It’s the first time the 28-year-old singer and actor has hosted the show.

Billboard said in a statement earlier this month: ‘This is Jonas’ first time as host of the Billboard Music Awards, which is two years older than he is. (He’s 28; the show launched 30 years ago).

Overcome with emotion: Top Country Female Artist went to Gabby Barrett, who had already won Top Country Song for her single I Hope and was clearly emotional. She was dressed in a stunning rippling gold gown

Overcome with emotion: Top Country Female Artist went to Gabby Barrett, who had already won Top Country Song for her single I Hope and was clearly emotional. She was dressed in a stunning rippling gold gown

Modern classic: Alicia Keys put on a show-stopping performance with a medley from her debut album, Songs In A Minor

Modern classic: Alicia Keys put on a show-stopping performance with a medley from her debut album, Songs In A Minor

Tickling the ivory: She was dressed in double denim featuring an acid-wash jacket with flared shoulder pads as she belted out her earliest hits, including probably her most popular song, Fallin'

Tickling the ivory: She was dressed in double denim featuring an acid-wash jacket with flared shoulder pads as she belted out her earliest hits, including probably her most popular song, Fallin’

‘But he’s had lots of awards show experience, including teaming with his wife, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, to announce this year’s Oscar nominations.’

Nick — who is taking over from Kelly Clarkson as presenter — joked: ‘Truly an honor to have already received the first preemptive 2021 #BBMAs award. Best host ever?! Wow! Tune-in May 23rd at 8pm ET/5pm PT on @NBC.’

The ceremony opened with Doja Cat and SZA putting on a candy-colored performance of their song Kiss Me More.

SZA stunned on the red carpet wearing a strappy black dress, and makeup architect Deena Paley used Charlotte Tilbury products to create an effortless glow.

She prepped her face with magic cream moisturizer before applying Airbrush Flawless Longwear Foundation, and added glitter to her eyes with the help of Tilbury’s cream shadow pot Star Gold and Palette of Pops Luxury Eyeshadow Palette.

Doja Cat won Top R&B Female Artist before the broadcast even began.

BTS was the next winner of the night for Top Selling Song with its hit single Dynamite.

Latin nominees: Next up was Master Of None star Lena Waithe presenting the award for Top Latin Artist to Bad Bunny, who had already won several trophies

Latin nominees: Next up was Master Of None star Lena Waithe presenting the award for Top Latin Artist to Bad Bunny, who had already won several trophies

Speaking to his fans: Bad Bunny wore a chic studded leather duster and gave his acceptance speech in Spanish

Speaking to his fans: Bad Bunny wore a chic studded leather duster and gave his acceptance speech in Spanish

The K-pop group were featured virtually from Seoul. ‘Thank you for the top-selling song award, which is amazing and huge it’s really an honor to be the winner of such a significant title. We want to share some fresh energy with everyone through Dynamite. We think with this award, we achieved that goal,’ members of the band said.

Top Country Female Artist went to Gabby Barrett, who had already won Top Country Song for her single I Hope and was clearly emotional.

Alicia Keys put on a show-stopping performance with a medley from her debut album, Songs In A Minor.

She was dressed in double denim featuring an acid-wash jacket with flared shoulder pads as she belted out her earliest hits, including probably her most popular song, Fallin’.

Next up was Master Of None star Lena Waithe presenting the award for Top Latin Artist to Bad Bunny, who had already won several trophies.

Too cool for school: One of the evening's honorary awards, the Icon Award, was presented to Pink by her good friend Jon Bon Jovi. The 59-year-old rocker looked youthful with his shaggy hair, wide grin and a cool leather jacket

Too cool for school: One of the evening’s honorary awards, the Icon Award, was presented to Pink by her good friend Jon Bon Jovi. The 59-year-old rocker looked youthful with his shaggy hair, wide grin and a cool leather jacket

Family: Pink put on a sweet performance of her recent song Cover Me In Sunshine, which she duets on with her daughter Willow Sage Hart

Family: Pink put on a sweet performance of her recent song Cover Me In Sunshine, which she duets on with her daughter Willow Sage Hart

Striking: The lovely number featured her and Willow suspending themselves from ropes and doing acrobatics in front of a projected moon

Striking: The lovely number featured her and Willow suspending themselves from ropes and doing acrobatics in front of a projected moon

Letting loose: The singer eschewed her biggest hits at first in favor of songs that showed off her softer side, though that all changed with the first strains of Get The Party Started

Letting loose: The singer eschewed her biggest hits at first in favor of songs that showed off her softer side, though that all changed with the first strains of Get The Party Started

He wore a chic studded leather duster and gave his acceptance speech in Spanish.

One of the evening’s honorary awards, the Icon Award, was presented to Pink by her good friend Jon Bon Jovi.

The 59-year-old rocker looked youthful with his shaggy hair, wide grin and a cool leather jacket.

Pink put on a sweet performance of her recent song Cover Me In Sunshine, which she duets on with her daughter Willow Sage Hart.

The lovely number featured her and Willow suspending themselves from ropes and doing acrobatics in front of a projected moon.

The singer eschewed her biggest hits at first in favor of songs that showed off her softer side, though that all changed with the first strains of Get The Party Started.

Having a laugh: In her acceptance speech, Pink joked that she tore up Bon Jovi's poster on his wall and replaced it with Sebastian Bach after he married his longtime wife Dorothea Hurley in 1989

Having a laugh: In her acceptance speech, Pink joked that she tore up Bon Jovi’s poster on his wall and replaced it with Sebastian Bach after he married his longtime wife Dorothea Hurley in 1989

Laying down a track: Lil Baby spoke virtually from the studio to announce the nominees for Top Hot 100 Song, though Nick Jonas announced it back on stage

Laying down a track: Lil Baby spoke virtually from the studio to announce the nominees for Top Hot 100 Song, though Nick Jonas announced it back on stage

Back again: The Weeknd was triumphant once again and addressed his fans

Back again: The Weeknd was triumphant once again and addressed his fans

She wore a platinum mohawk with a black sheer dress and a cropped biker jacket.

In her acceptance speech, Pink joked that she tore up Bon Jovi’s poster on his wall and replaced it with Sebastian Bach after he married his longtime wife Dorothea Hurley in 1989.

Lil Baby spoke virtually from the studio to announce the nominees for Top Hot 100 Song, though Nick Jonas announced it back on stage.

The Weeknd was triumphant once again. ‘I want to talk to my fans,’ he began.

‘I want to thank everyone involved in making this magical song. I want to thank my fans, of course. You guys make me want to do this forever,’ he said. ‘I love you so much and I just want to say the after hours are done and the dawn is coming.’

Karol G, who won the award for Top Latin Female Artist before the broadcast, gave her debut performance at the ceremony while dancing atop a Hummer in a white crop top and matching jeans, plus teal hair.

First time: Karol G, who won the award for Top Latin Female Artist before the broadcast, gave her debut performance at the ceremony while dancing atop a Hummer in a white crop top and matching jeans, plus teal hair

First time: Karol G, who won the award for Top Latin Female Artist before the broadcast, gave her debut performance at the ceremony while dancing atop a Hummer in a white crop top and matching jeans, plus teal hair

Remembrance: The producer and occasional hype man Swizz Beatz was up next with a short tribute to his friend DMX, who died last month, reportedly of a heart attack brought on by a drug overdose

Remembrance: The producer and occasional hype man Swizz Beatz was up next with a short tribute to his friend DMX, who died last month, reportedly of a heart attack brought on by a drug overdose

Putting on a show: He presented the award for Top Rap Song to DaBaby for ROCKSTAR, which features Roddy Ricch. DaBaby accepted the award and turned toward the audience and away from the cameras at first to give them a better view

Putting on a show: He presented the award for Top Rap Song to DaBaby for ROCKSTAR, which features Roddy Ricch. DaBaby accepted the award and turned toward the audience and away from the cameras at first to give them a better view

The producer and occasional hype man Swizz Beatz was up next with a short tribute to his friend DMX, who died last month, reportedly of a heart attack brought on by a drug overdose.

He presented the award for Top Rap Song to DaBaby for his single ROCKSTAR, which features Roddy Ricch.

DaBaby accepted the award and turned toward the audience and away from the cameras at first to give them a better view. He celebrated the song becoming the ‘longest-running number one’ single on the Billboard charts for 2020.

Tina Knowles introduced the rapper and activist Trae tha Truth for the second-annual Billboard Change Maker Award, after Killer Mike won the inaugural award the year before.

A video featuring Trae showed his activism as he led huge crowds protesting police brutality and systemic racism.

‘Coming from where I come from, nothing was ever promised,’ he said. ‘I said if I ever got in this position, I’d be there for those in need. Whether it be assisting little homies in music, assisting people in need of relief or whether just fighting on the front line for those who can’t fight for themselves.’

Making a difference: Tina Knowles introduced the rapper and activist Trae tha Truth for the second-annual Billboard Change Maker Award, after Killer Mike won the inaugural award the year before

Making a difference: Tina Knowles introduced the rapper and activist Trae tha Truth for the second-annual Billboard Change Maker Award, after Killer Mike won the inaugural award the year before

Nothing for granted: 'Coming from where I come from, nothing was ever promised,' Trae said while remembering those he vowed to help with his fame and influence

Nothing for granted: ‘Coming from where I come from, nothing was ever promised,’ Trae said while remembering those he vowed to help with his fame and influence

Live from Seoul: Padma Lakshmi was on hand in a sparkling white suit to introduce the K-pop stars BTS, who performed their new single Butter from Seoul. As they did for the Grammys, the vocal group had a stage mocked up that resembled parts of the Billboard set, despite being on the other side of the globe

Live from Seoul: Padma Lakshmi was on hand in a sparkling white suit to introduce the K-pop stars BTS, who performed their new single Butter from Seoul. As they did for the Grammys, the vocal group had a stage mocked up that resembled parts of the Billboard set, despite being on the other side of the globe

He concluded with thanks for Beyoncé and her mother Tina, whom he said calls him a superhero, before calling for justice for Breonna Taylor.

Padma Lakshmi was on hand in a sparkling white suit to introduce the K-pop stars BTS, who performed their new single Butter from Seoul.

As they did for the Grammys, the vocal group had a stage mocked up that resembled parts of the Billboard set, despite being on the other side of the globe.

Up next, Drake was honored with the prestigious Artist of the Decade Award with his friends and family presenting.

The rapper submitted a video of himself voicing his internal fears about success, before LeBron James listed his stunning chart accomplishments.

Icon: Up next, Drake was honored with the prestigious Artist of the Decade Award with his friends and family presenting and a video listing his chart accomplishments narrated by LeBron James

Icon: Up next, Drake was honored with the prestigious Artist of the Decade Award with his friends and family presenting and a video listing his chart accomplishments narrated by LeBron James

Family affair: Once he came out on stage, Drake brought a surprise guest: his son Adonis, three. He thanked his 'beautiful family' and held his son aloft

Family affair: Once he came out on stage, Drake brought a surprise guest: his son Adonis, three. He thanked his ‘beautiful family’ and held his son aloft

Cute: 'I want to dedicate this award to you,' he said as Adonis started crying from all the attention. Drake gave him a quick kiss before they shuffled off the stage.

Cute: ‘I want to dedicate this award to you,’ he said as Adonis started crying from all the attention. Drake gave him a quick kiss before they shuffled off the stage.

‘Are we sure it’s luck? Nine number one albums. Six number one songs. A record 232 songs on the Billboard charts. Forty-five top ten compositions, the most of any artist ever. Are we sure it’s luck? The first artist to debut at number one, two and three simultaneously. More weeks on the hot 100 than Elvis Presley, Elton John, Stevie wonder and Michael Jackson. Most streamed artist of all time. Thirteen Billboard awards, the most ever in one night. Twenty-seven total Billboard awards, the most wins in music history. A record 431 weeks on Hot 100.’

Once he came out on stage, Drake brought a surprise guest: his son Adonis, three.

After admitting that the video was full of braggadocio, he thanked his ‘beautiful family’ and held his son aloft.

‘I want to dedicate this award to you,’ he said as Adonis started crying from all the attention.

Drake gave him a quick kiss before they shuffled off the stage.

Rocking out:

Rocking out: Following the acceptance speech, Bad Bunny took to the stage looking luxurious in a furry white coat to perform his song Te Deseo Lo Mejor while surrounded by pyrotechnics

She's got a point: As Chelsea Handler introduced the nominees for Top Rock Artist — AC/DC, AJR, Five Finger Death Punch, Machine Gun Kelly and twenty one pilots — she joked that those were the names of the marijuana strains she smoked before the show, before announcing Machine Gun Kelly as the winner

She’s got a point: As Chelsea Handler introduced the nominees for Top Rock Artist — AC/DC, AJR, Five Finger Death Punch, Machine Gun Kelly and twenty one pilots — she joked that those were the names of the marijuana strains she smoked before the show, before announcing Machine Gun Kelly as the winner

Out of the box: 'To the box that society keeps trying to put me in — you need stronger material because you can't keep me in it,' MGK said defiantly at the end

Out of the box: ‘To the box that society keeps trying to put me in — you need stronger material because you can’t keep me in it,’ MGK said defiantly at the end

Lovebirds: 'To the box that society keeps trying to put me in — you need stronger material because you can't keep me in it,' he said defiantly at the end of his speech. He also gave his girlfriend Megan Fox a passionate kiss

Lovebirds: ‘To the box that society keeps trying to put me in — you need stronger material because you can’t keep me in it,’ he said defiantly at the end of his speech. He also gave his girlfriend Megan Fox a passionate kiss

Following the acceptance speech, Bad Bunny took to the stage looking luxurious in a furry white coat to perform his song Te Deseo Lo Mejor while surrounded by pyrotechnics.

As Chelsea Handler introduced the nominees for Top Rock Artist — AC/DC, AJR, Five Finger Death Punch, Machine Gun Kelly and twenty one pilots — she joked that those were the names of the marijuana strains she smoked before the show.

Machine Gun Kelly was presented with the award and said this was the first major stage he’d been on to accept an award after releasing his first mixtape years earlier.

‘To the box that society keeps trying to put me in — you need stronger material because you can’t keep me in it,’ he said defiantly at the end.

The Weeknd broke free of the show’s constraints for his performance of Save Your Tears as he was driven around in an ’80s-era red convertible while being chased by dozens of other cars through a massive LA parking lot.

He sang straight to the camera while sitting on the seat back as the cars behind him drove in formations.

Poignant: Cynthia Erivo shared the nominees for the Top Billboard 200 Album award, which went to the late Pop Smoke, who was shot and killed in a home invasion early last year

Poignant: Cynthia Erivo shared the nominees for the Top Billboard 200 Album award, which went to the late Pop Smoke, who was shot and killed in a home invasion early last year

Posthumous win: The late Pop Smoke won Top Billboard 200 Album for Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon. His mother Audrey Jackson accepted

Posthumous win: The late Pop Smoke won Top Billboard 200 Album for Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon. His mother Audrey Jackson accepted

Defiant: Jackson sounded joyous despite the tragedy she had gone through. She said her son made music 'so that 14-year-olds would not have to kill to prove they are somebody,' referencing her son's slaying

Defiant: Jackson sounded joyous despite the tragedy she had gone through. She said her son made music ‘so that 14-year-olds would not have to kill to prove they are somebody,’ referencing her son’s slaying

Middle of nowhere: Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding introduced the Weeknd's performance from a parking lot

Middle of nowhere: Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding introduced the Weeknd’s performance from a parking lot

He got out of the car and sang from the parking lot as red and white cars and semi trucks drove in circles around him.

Cynthia Erivo shared the nominees for the Top Billboard 200 Album award, which went to the late Pop Smoke, who was shot and killed in a home invasion early last year. Accepting the award for his album Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon was his mother Audrey Jackson.

‘Good evening to my American family, and good night to my Caribbeans. I bring you greetings from the land of Canarsie, also known as the Flossy,’ she began, before referencing her son’s killing.

‘I thank you to the fans for honoring the life and spirit of my son, so much that he continues to manifest as if he were still here in flesh,’ she continued. ‘He created music for the kid who has to sleep four-in-a-room, the kid who has to figure out how to get to school each day so he can graduate and make his mom proud. He did this so that 14-year-olds would not have to kill to prove they are somebody. That is the irony in this. So thank you to the Billboard Awards leadership for honoring my young warrior. Bashir Barack Jackson — we call your name.’

Next up, Priyanka Chopra introduced Duran Duran with the announcement of their upcoming album Future Past before they performed a medley of their most popular songs.

Sunday drive: The Weeknd broke free of the show's constraints for his performance of Save Your Tears as he was driven around in an '80s-era red convertible while being chased by dozens of other cars through a massive LA parking lot

Sunday drive: The Weeknd broke free of the show’s constraints for his performance of Save Your Tears as he was driven around in an ’80s-era red convertible while being chased by dozens of other cars through a massive LA parking lot

Abandoned lot: He sang straight to the camera while sitting on the seat back as the cars behind him drove in formations. He got out of the car and sang from the parking lot as red and white cars and semi trucks drove in circles around him

Abandoned lot: He sang straight to the camera while sitting on the seat back as the cars behind him drove in formations. He got out of the car and sang from the parking lot as red and white cars and semi trucks drove in circles around him

Synth pop: Next up, Priyanka Chopra introduced Duran Duran with the announcement of their upcoming album Future Past before they performed a medley of their most popular songs

Synth pop: Next up, Priyanka Chopra introduced Duran Duran with the announcement of their upcoming album Future Past before they performed a medley of their most popular songs

Nick Jonas took off his host cap at the end of the show to join the Jonas Brothers for a performance of their single Leave Before YOu Love Me with the masked DJ Marshmello joining them.

The song segued into their song Sucker, with Nick getting to show off his falsetto, before they switched to their 2019 single Only Human.

Meghan Thee Stallion landed nine nods, including Top Rap Song and Top Selling Song for Savage, though she only won for Top Female Rap Artist.

His time to shine: Nick Jonas took off his host cap at the end of the show to join the Jonas Brothers for a performance of their single Leave Before YOu Love Me with the masked DJ Marshmello joining them

His time to shine: Nick Jonas took off his host cap at the end of the show to join the Jonas Brothers for a performance of their single Leave Before YOu Love Me with the masked DJ Marshmello joining them

New material: The song segued into their song Sucker, with Nick getting to show off his falsetto, before they switched to their 2019 single Only Human

New material: The song segued into their song Sucker, with Nick getting to show off his falsetto, before they switched to their 2019 single Only Human

The Hot Girl Summer hitmaker was competing against herself in the two categories, as her Cardi B collaboration ‘WAP’ is also nominated for the two awards.

That song sat out the nominations at this year’s Grammys ceremony in favor of waiting until Cardi includes it on her upcoming album.

Taylor Swift — who was up for four prizes in total — went head-to-head with The Weeknd’s After Hours Lil Baby’s My Turn and the late Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die for Top Billboard 200 Album.

She emerged triumphant while also winning Top Female Artist.

2021 BILLBOARD AWARD WINNERS

Top Billboard 200 Album

Juice WRLD ‘Legends Never Die’

Lil Baby ‘My Turn’

Pop Smoke ‘Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon’ — WINNER

Taylor Swift ‘folklore’

The Weeknd ‘After Hours’

 

Top R&B Album

Jhené Aiko ‘Chilombo’

Chris Brown & Young Thug ‘Slime & B’

Doja Cat ‘Hot Pink’

Kehlani ‘It Was Good Until It Wasn’t’

The Weeknd ‘After Hours’ — WINNER

 

Top Rap Album

DaBaby ‘Blame It On the Baby’

Juice WRLD ‘Legends Never Die’

Lil Baby ‘My Turn’

Lil Uzi Vert ‘Eternal Atake’

Pop Smoke ‘Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon’ — WINNER

 

Top Country Album

Gabby Barrett ‘Goldmine’

Sam Hunt ‘Southside’

Chris Stapleton ‘Starting Over’

Carrie Underwood ‘My Gift’

Morgan Wallen ‘Dangerous: The Double Album’ — WINNER

 

Top Rock Album

AC/DC ‘Power Up’

Miley Cyrus ‘Plastic Hearts’

Glass Animals ‘Dreamland’

Machine Gun Kelly ‘Tickets to My Downfall’ — WINNER

Bruce Springsteen ‘Letter to You’

 

Top Latin Album

Anuel AA ‘Emmanuel’

Bad Bunny ‘El Último Tour Del Mundo’

Bad Bunny ‘Las que no iban a salir’ — WINNER

Bad Bunny ‘YHLQMDLG’

J Balvin ‘Colores’

Big win! Bad Bunny accepting the award for Top Latin Artist

Big win! Bad Bunny accepting the award for Top Latin Artist

 

Top Dance/Electronic Album

DJ Snake ‘Carte Blanche’

Gryffin ‘Gravity’

Kygo ‘Golden Hour’

Lady Gaga ‘Chromatica’ — WINNER

Kylie Minogue ‘Disco’

 

Top Christian Album

Bethel Music ‘Peace’

Elevation Worship ‘Grave Into Gardens’

Carrie Underwood ‘My Gift’ — WINNER

We The Kingdom ‘Holy Water’

Zach Williams ‘Rescue Story’

 

Top Gospel Album

Koryn Hawthorne ‘I AM’

Tasha Cobbs Leonard ‘Royalty: Live at the Ryman’

Maverick City Music ‘Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 1’ — WINNER

Maverick City Music ‘Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 2’

Kierra Sheard ‘Kierra’ 

Accomplished: Drake was the recipient of Artist Of The Decade

Accomplished: Drake was the recipient of Artist Of The Decade

 

Top Hot 100 Song Presented by Rockstar

24kGoldn ft. iann dior ‘Mood’

Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth ‘I Hope’

Chris Brown & Young Thug ‘Go Crazy’

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch ‘ROCKSTAR’

The Weeknd ‘Blinding Lights’ — WINNER

 

Top Streaming Song

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion ‘WAP’

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch ‘ROCKSTAR’ — WINNER

Future ft. Drake ‘Life Is Good’

Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne ‘WHATS POPPIN’

The Weeknd ‘Blinding Lights’

 

Top Selling Song

Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth ‘I Hope’

BTS ‘Dynamite’ — WINNER

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion ‘WAP’

Megan Thee Stallion ‘Savage’

The Weeknd ‘Blinding Lights’

 

Top Radio Song

Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth ‘I Hope’

Chris Brown & Young Thug ‘Go Crazy’

Dua Lipa ‘Don’t Start Now’

Harry Styles ‘Adore You’

The Weeknd ‘Blinding Lights’ — WINNER

 

Top Collaboration (Fan Voted)

24kGoldn ft. iann dior ‘Mood’

Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth ‘I Hope’ — WINNER

Chris Brown & Young Thug ‘Go Crazy’

DaBaby ft. 

Roddy Ricch ‘ROCKSTAR’

Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne ‘WHATS POPPIN’

 

Top R&B Song

Jhené Aiko ft. H.E.R. ‘B.S.’

Justin Bieber ft. Quavo ‘Intentions’

Chris Brown & Young Thug ‘Go Crazy’

Doja Cat ‘Say So’

The Weeknd ‘Blinding Lights’ – WINNER

 

Top Rap Song

24kGoldn ft. iann dior ‘Mood’

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion ‘WAP’

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch ‘ROCKSTAR’ — WINNER

Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne ‘WHATS POPPIN’

Megan Thee Stallion ‘Savage’

 

Top Country Song

Jason Aldean ‘Got What I Got’

Gabby Barrett ‘I Hope’ — WINNER

Lee Brice ‘One of Them Girls’

Morgan Wallen ‘Chasin’ You’

Morgan Wallen ‘More Than My Hometown’

 

Top Rock Song

AJR ‘Bang!’ — WINNER

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

Bad Bunny ‘Yo Perreo Sola’

Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez ‘Dákiti’ — WINNER

Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin ‘RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)’

Maluma & The Weeknd ‘Hawái’

Ozuna x Karol G x Myke Towers ‘Caramelo’

 

Top Dance/Electronic Song

Lady Gaga ‘Stupid Love’

Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande ‘Rain on Me’

SAINt JHN ‘Roses (Imanbek Remix)’ — WINNER

Surf Mesa ft. Emilee ‘ily (i love you baby)’

Topic & A7S ‘Breaking Me’

 

Top Christian Song

Elevation Worship ft. Brandon Lake ‘Graves Into Gardens’ — WINNER

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

Koryn Hawthorne ‘Speak To Me’

Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music ‘Movin’ On’

Marvin Sapp ‘Thank You For It All’

Tye Tribbett ‘We Gon’ Be Alright’

Kanye West ft. Travis Scott ‘Wash Us In The Blood’ — WINNER

 

Top Gospel Artist

Kirk Franklin

Koryn Hawthorne

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Maverick City Music

Kanye West — WINNER

 

Top Dance/Electronic Artist

The Chainsmokers

Kygo

Lady Gaga — WINNER

Marshmello

Surf Mesa

 

Top Christian Artist

Casting Crowns

Elevation Worship — WINNER

for KING & COUNTRY

Carrie Underwood

Zach Williams  

 

 

 Top Artist

 Drake

Juice WRLD

Pop Smoke

Taylor Swift

The Weeknd — WINNER

Victory: The Weeknd won 10 of the 16 awards he was nominated for

Victory: The Weeknd won 10 of the 16 awards he was nominated for

Top New Artist

Gabby Barrett

Doja Cat

Jack Harlow

Pop Smoke — WINNER

Rod Wave 

 

Top Male Artist

Drake

Juice WRLD

Lil Baby

Pop Smoke

The Weeknd — WINNER

 

Top Female Artist

Billie Eilish

Ariana Grande

Dua Lipa

Megan Thee Stallion

Taylor Swift — WINNER

 

Top Duo/Group

AC/DC

AJR

BTS — WINNER

Dan + Shay

Maroon 5

 

Top Billboard 200 Artist

Drake

Juice WRLD

Pop Smoke

Post Malone

Taylor Swift — WINNER

 

Top Hot 100 Artist

DaBaby

Drake

Dua Lipa

Pop Smoke

The Weeknd — WINNER

 

Top Streaming Songs Artist

DaBaby

Drake — WINNER

Lil Baby

Pop Smoke

The Weeknd

Proud: Doja Cat was the winner of Top R&B Female Artist

Proud: Doja Cat was the winner of Top R&B Female Artist

 

Top Song Sales Artist 

Justin Bieber 

BTS — WINNER

Megan Thee Stallion

Morgan Wallen

The Weeknd

Top Radio Songs Artist

Justin Bieber

Lewis Capaldi

Dua Lipa

Harry Styles

The Weeknd — WINNER

 

Top Social Artist (Fan Voted)

BLACKPINK

BTS — WINNER

Ariana Grande

SB19

Seventeen

 

Top Radio Songs Artist 

Jhené Aiko

Justin Bieber

Chris Brown

Doja Cat

The Weeknd — WINNER

 

 Top R&B Artist

Jhené Aiko

Justin Bieber

Chris Brown

Doja Cat

 The Weeknd — WINNER

 

Top R&B Male Artist

Justin Bieber

Chris Brown

The Weeknd — WINNER

 

Top R&B Female Artist

Jhené Aiko

Doja Cat — WINNER

SZA

 

Top Rap Artist

DaBaby

Drake

Juice WRLD

Lil Baby

Pop Smoke — WINNER

 

Top Rap Male Artist

Juice WRLD

Lil Baby

Pop Smoke — WINNER

 

Top Rap Female Artist

Cardi B

Megan Thee Stallion — WINNER

Saweetie

 

Top Country Artist

Gabby Barrett

Kane Brown

Luke Combs

Chris Stapleton

Morgan Wallen — WINNER

 

Top Country Male Artist

Luke Combs

Chris Stapleton

Morgan Wallen

Going for the gold! Gabby Barrett with her three trophies

Going for the gold! Gabby Barrett with her three trophies

 

Top Country Female Artist

Gabby Barrett — WINNER

Maren Morris

Carrie Underwood

 

Top Country Duo/Group

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line — WINNER

Maddie & Tae

 

Top Rock Artist

AC/DC

AJR

Five Finger Death Punch

Machine Gun Kelly — WINNER

twenty one pilots

 

Top Latin Artist

Anuel AA

Bad Bunny — WINNER

J Balvin

Maluma

Ozuna

 

Top Latin Male Artist

Bad Bunny — WINNER

J Balvin

Ozuna

 

Top Latin Female Artist

Becky G

Karol G — WINNER

Rosalía

Acclaim: Karol G, the winner of Top Latin Female Artist

Acclaim: Karol G, the winner of Top Latin Female Artist

 

Top Latin Duo/Group

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga

Eslabón Armado — WINNER

Los Dos Carnales

  

 

 

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