The Today Show shared the finalists for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards on Thursday morning.
The show started with announcements for Top Hot 100 Artist, which includes DaBaby, Drake, Dua Lipa, Pop Smoke, and the Weeknd, plus finalists for Top Latin Male Artist and Top Female Rap Artist. The rest of the many categories rolled out from there.
The Weeknd leads the pack with 16 nominations, receiving nods in artist categories like Top Artist, Top Male Artist, and Top Hot 100 Artist—and album categories, like Top Billboard 200 Album and Top R&B Album, following the success of his most recent, chart-topping album After Hours. DaBaby follows with 11 nominations, where he’s been recognized in the Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Rap Artist, and Top Rap Album categories.
Elsewhere, Megan Thee Stallion received seven nods for categories like Top Female Artist and Top Rap Female Artist—and Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD have earned posthumous recognition, with Pop Smoke a finalist in 10 categories and Juice a finalist in seven.
The 2021 Billboard Music Awards will be held Sunday, May 23 at 8 p.m. ET at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, airing on NBC. See the BBMA finalists below.