Billboard Music Award
|Billboard Music Awards|
|2014 Billboard Music Awards|
|Awarded for||Outstanding chart performance|
The Billboard Music Award is an honor given by Billboard, a publication and music popularity chart covering the music business. The Billboard Music Awards show had been held annually since 1990 in December until it went dormant in 2007. The awards returned in 2011 and is held annually in May.
- 1 Ceremonies
- 2 Award process
- 3 Categories
- 3.1 Current categories
- 3.2 Retired categories (1989–2014)
- 3.3 Special awards
- 4 The awards show
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Unlike other awards, such as the Grammy Award, which determine nominations as a result of the highest votes received by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on United States year-end chart performance according to Nielsen data for sales, number of downloads and total airplay. Awards were given for the top album/artist/single in different genres. Since 1992, the awards also give out a Billboard Century Award—the magazine's highest honor for creative achievement and named for Billboard's centennial in 1994. The award was renamed the Icon Award in 2011. Janet Jackson has won the most awards with 34 wins.
From 1989 to 2006, the show had the same categories and category names every year. In 2011, for the first time, all of the awards were renamed to "Top [award title]". The "of the year" portion of each category title no longer exists, and many of the awards have been further renamed. Other awards, including both "crossover" awards (No. 1 Classical Crossover Artist and No. 1 Classical Crossover Album) were discontinued.
The most important categories are Top Artist, Billboard 200 Artist of the Year, Top Hot 100 Song and Top New Artist. These categories highlighted in each award and other categories are divided by genre making the BMAs different from the Grammys.
- Billboard Music Award for Billboard 200 Artist of the Year
- Billboard Music Award for Top Artist
- Billboard Music Award for Top Country Album
- Billboard Music Award for Top Country Song
- Billboard Music Award for Top Female Artist
- Billboard Music Award for Top Latin Album
- Billboard Music Award for Top Latin Artist
- Billboard Music Award for Top Male Artist
- Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Album
- Billboard Music Award for Top Country Artist
- Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Artist
- Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Artist
- Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Artist
- Billboard Icon Award
- Billboard Music Award for Spotlight
- Billboard Millennium Award
Retired categories (1989–2014)
- Top Alternative song
- Top Alternative Album
- Top Alternative Artist
- Top Classical Crossover Artist
- Top Classical Crossover Album
- Top Digital Media Artist
- Top EDM Artist
- Top EDM Song
- Top EDM Album
- Top Independent Album Artists
- Top Independent Album
- Top Modern Rock Artist
- Top Modern Rock Track
- Top New Male Artist
- Top New Female Artist
- Top New Group/Band
- Top Pop Song
- Top Pop Album
- Top Pop Artist
- Top R&B Song
- Top Rhythmic Top 40 Title
- Top Selling Single
- Top Soundtrack Single of the Year
- Top New Song
- Top Pop Punk Artist
Artist of the Decade
Billboard Century Award
- 1992: George Harrison
- 1993: Buddy Guy
- 1994: Billy Joel
- 1995: Joni Mitchell
- 1996: Carlos Santana
- 1997: Chet Atkins
- 1998: James Taylor
- 1999: Emmylou Harris
- 2000: Randy Newman
- 2001: John Mellencamp
- 2002: Annie Lennox
- 2003: Sting
- 2004: Stevie Wonder
- 2005: Tom Petty
- 2006: Tony Bennett
- 2007–2010: No award given
The Billboard Icon Award was first made in 2011.
Recognizes music singers and contributions. To date, there have only been two recipients of this award:
Billboard Spotlight Award
In 1988, Michael Jackson was honored with Billboard's first Spotlight Award for being the first artist in history to have five consecutive number ones singles on Billboard Hot 100 from one album. In 2012, Katy Perry was honored with Billboard's second Spotlight award for being the second and first female artist in history to have five consecutive number ones singles on Billboard Hot 100 from one album.
Artist Achievement Award
Woman of the Year Award
In 2007, country music legend Reba McEntire was honored with Billboard's first Woman of the Year Award because of her success as a recording artist, contributions to the business, and leadership in embracing the changing music business. Every year since then, Billboard has honored a female artist with the award.
- 2007: Reba McEntire
- 2008: Ciara
- 2009: Beyoncé
- 2010: Fergie
- 2011: Taylor Swift
- 2012: Katy Perry
- 2013: P!nk
- 2014: Taylor Swift
Rising Star Award
In 2008, Colbie Caillat was honored with Billboard's first Rising Star Award because of her ascent in the pop charts and the huge repercussion that her music caused. Every year since then, Billboard has honored a female artist with the award.
In 2014, Hayley Williams was honored with Billboard's first Trailblazer Award for being a standout female artist who breaks from convention to make a unique mark in music and pave the way for other talent.
The awards show
Since its inception (created by Rick Garson, Paul Flattery & Jim Yukich), the BMAs had been telecast on the Fox network; however due to contractual expirations and other unforeseen circumstances, the awards were canceled for 2007. Plans for a new version of the awards in 2008 (in association with AEG Live) fell through, and the BMAs were not held until 2011.
On February 17, 2011, Billboard announced that it would bring the BMAs back to television, moving from its original home on Fox to its new network, ABC, on May 22, 2011. A new award statuette was created by New York firm Society Awards.
- Nick Goumond (2011-04-14), Rihanna, Eminem, Lady Gaga score double digit Billboard Music Awards noms, goldderby.com, retrieved 2011-04-16
- "Neil Diamond". Billboard. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
- "Stevie Wonder to Receive Icon Award at Billboard Music Awards". Billboard. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
- "Prince". Billboard. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
- "Jennifer Lopez". Billboard. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
- "McEntire Named Billboard's Woman Of The Year". Billboard. 2007. Retrieved Sep 16, 2013.
- "Justin Bieber". Billboard. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
- "Carrie Underwood". Billboard. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
- "Paramore's Hayley Williams to Receive Trailblazer Honor at Billboard Women in Music Awards". Billboard. 2014. Retrieved Nov 14, 2014.
- Billboard Music Awards To Air Live From Las Vegas On ABC May 22 Billboard (February 17, 2011)