Alicia Keys, Bad Bunny and Jon Bon Jovi added to BBMAs
Billboard Music Awards airs May 23 on NBC
Dick Clark Productions and NBC have announced that Alicia Keys and Bad Bunny have been added to the 2021 Billboard Music Awards (BBMA) Performer Superstars list with appearances from Jon Bon Jovi, Gabrielle Union, Chelsea Handler, Kathryn Hahn, Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom, Jr., Henry Golding and Dixie D’Amelio. Hosted by Nick Jonas, the BBMAs will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 23 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC.
As previously announced, P! NK will receive the ICON award and perform. The prestigious ICON Award recognizes outstanding artists who have achieved excellence in the Billboard Charts and left an indelible mark on the music itself. The three-time BBMA winner, who joins just nine other artists to receive the honor, will also take the stage for a spectacular performance. A longtime friend, Jon Bon Jovi, will present him with the award.
Drake will receive the Artist of the Decade award. Drake holds the title for most Billboard Music Award wins, having won 12 trophies in 2019, for a career total of 27. As a finalist in seven categories this year, he could break his own record for the most wins of all time.
Collaborations and special performances from some of today’s top artists including DJ Khaled with HER & Migos, Bad Bunny, Duran Duran, Karol G, Doja Cat & SZA, Twenty-One Pilots and Top Finalist The Weeknd.
Presenters include Cynthia Erivo, Chelsea Handler, Dixie D’Amelio, Gabrielle Union, Henry Golding, Kathryn Hahn, Kelsea Ballerini, Lena Waithe, Leslie Odom, Jr., Lil Rel Howery, Padma Lakshmi, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Swizz Beatz and Tina Knowles Lawson.
Trae Tha Truth will receive the Changer Maker Award. The Houston-based rapper, philanthropist and social activist will receive the second Billboard Change Maker Award for his unwavering dedication to fighting for and ensuring social and medical equity in his community.
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis will present an epic and moving performance of “Optimistic” by Sounds of Blackness ft. Ann Nesby of Paisley Park in Minneapolis.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama will join the 2021 Billboard Music Awards via a pre-recorded message featuring a special performance by Alicia Keys, who celebrates the 20th anniversary of her debut album, Songs in A minor. BTS will make the global TV debut of their new single “Butter” as fans attend BBMA’s debut performances from AJR and Glass Animals.
Nominations for the 2021 BBMAs were released this month with The Weeknd leading the pack with 16 nods. DaBaby is the second finalist with 11, as well as rappers Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD received multiple accolades, marking the first time in a decade that two of the top ten finalists have received posthumous recognition. Categories voted by fans include Best Social Artist and Best Collaboration. Voting is open until May 21 at 11:59 p.m. PT on Twitter and billboard.com/bbmasvote.
For over 30 years, the BBMAs have celebrated the greatest achievements in music, honoring the biggest names in music today. Unique among music awards, finalists are determined by their performance on the Billboard Charts. Since 1940, the Billboard Charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of artists, songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of success in music.
The show is produced by Dick Clark Productions. Barry Adelman and Robert Deaton are executive producers.