Billboard Music Awards 2021 – CNN

The Weeknd leads with nods in 16 classifications, consisting of leading artist, leading male artist and leading Hot 100 artist.

The event will air reside on Sunday, May 23 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

Below is a list of finalists in the leading artist classifications. Click on this link for the total list of chosen tunes and albums.

Leading Artist

Drake

Juice WRLD

Pop Smoke

Taylor Swift

The Weeknd

Leading New Artist

Gabby Barrett

Doja Feline

Jack Harlow

Pop Smoke

Rod Wave

Leading Male Artist

Drake

Juice WRLD

Lil Child

Pop Smoke

The Weeknd

Leading Female Artist

Billie Eilish

Ariana Grande

Dua Lipa

Megan Thee Stallion

Taylor Swift

Leading Duo/Group

AC/DC

AJR

BTS

Dan + Shay

Maroon 5

Leading Signboard 200 Artist

Drake

Juice WRLD

Pop Smoke

Post Malone

Taylor Swift

Leading Hot 100 Artist

DaBaby

Drake

Dua Lipa

Pop Smoke

The Weeknd

Leading Streaming Tunes Artist

DaBaby

Drake

Lil Child

Pop Smoke

The Weeknd

Leading Tune Sales Artist

Justin Bieber

BTS

Megan Thee Stallion

Morgan Wallen

The Weeknd

Leading Radio Tunes Artist

Justin Bieber

Lewis Capaldi

Dua Lipa

Harry Styles

The Weeknd

Leading Social Artist (Fan Voted)

BLACKPINK

BTS

Ariana Grande

SB19

Seventeen

Leading R&B Artist

Jhené Aiko

Justin Bieber

Chris Brown

Doja Feline

The Weeknd

Leading R&B Male Artist

Justin Bieber

Chris Brown

The Weeknd

Leading R&B Female Artist

Jhené Aiko

Doja Feline

SZA

Leading Rap Artist

DaBaby

Drake

Juice WRLD

Lil Child

Pop Smoke

Leading Rap Male Artist

Juice WRLD

Lil Child

Pop Smoke

Leading Rap Female Artist

Cardi B

Megan Thee Stallion

Saweetie

Leading Nation Artist

Gabby Barrett

Kane Brown

Luke Combs

Chris Stapleton

Morgan Wallen

Leading Nation Male Artist

Luke Combs

Chris Stapleton

Morgan Wallen

Leading Nation Female Artist

Gabby Barrett

Maren Morris

Carrie Underwood

Leading Nation Duo/Group

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Maddie & Tae

Top Rock Artist

AC/DC

AJR

5 Finger Death Punch

Gatling Gun Kelly

twenty one pilots

Leading Latin Artist

Anuel AA

Bad Bunny

J Balvin

Maluma

Ozuna

Leading Latin Male Artist

Bad Bunny

J Balvin

Ozuna

Leading Latin Female Artist

Becky G

Karol G

Rosalía

Leading Latin Duo/Group

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga

Eslabón Armado

Los Dos Carnales

Leading Dance/Electronic Artist

The Chainsmokers

Kygo

Girl Gaga

Marshmello

Browse Mesa

Leading Christian Artist

Casting Crowns

Elevation Praise

for KING & NATION

Carrie Underwood

Zach Williams

Leading Gospel Artist

Kirk Franklin

Koryn Hawthorne

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Radical City Music

Kanye West

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.