Billboard Music Award

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Billboard Music Awards
2016 Billboard Music Awards
Awarded for Outstanding chart performance
Country United States
Presented by Billboard
First awarded 1989
Official website

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 1989 in December until it went dormant in 2006. The awards returned in 2011 and is held annually in May. The 2016 Billboard Music Awards aired live on May 22 at 8/7c on ABC.[1]


# Year TV Top Artist winner Multiple wins Top Billboard 200 Album winner Top Hot 100 Song winner Host(s) Venue
1 1989 FOX George Michael George Michael
(4 awards)
Michael Jackson
"Miss You Much"
Janet Jackson
Paul Shaffer Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California
2 1990 M.C. Hammer Janet Jackson
(8 awards)
Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 "Rhythm Nation"
Janet Jackson
Paul Shaffer & Morris Day with Jerome Benton
3 1991 Michael Jackson Mariah Carey
(7 awards)
I'm Your Baby Tonight
Whitney Houston
"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"
Bryan Adams
Paul Shaffer
4 1992 Garth Brooks Garth Brooks
(6 awards)
Ropin' The Wind
Garth Brooks
"End of The Road"
Boyz II Men
Phil Collins Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles
5 1993 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston
(11 awards)
The Bodyguard Soundtrack "I Will Always Love You"
Whitney Houston
6 1994 Ace of Base Mariah Carey
(4 awards)
The Sign
Ace of Base
"The Sign"
Ace Of Base
Dennis Miller & Heather Locklear
7 1995 TLC TLC
(3 awards)
Cracked Rear View
Hootie & The Blowfish
"Gangsta's Paradise"
Jon Stewart Coliseum, New York City
8 1996 Alanis Morissette Alanis Morissette
(2 awards)
Jagged Little Pill
Alanis Morissette
Los Del Rio
Chris Rock Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
9 1997 LeAnn Rimes LeAnn Rimes
(4 awards)
Spice Girls
"Candle In The Wind 1997"
Elton John
David Spade MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
10 1998 Usher Next
(7 awards)
Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture
Celine Dion
"My Heart Will Go On"
Celine Dion
Kathy Griffin & Andy Dick
11 1999 Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys
(6 awards)
Backstreet Boys
"Livin' La Vida Loca"
Ricky Martin
Kathy Griffin & Adam Carolla
12 2000 Destiny's Child Sisqo
(5 awards)
No Strings Attached
'N Sync
Faith Hill
Kathy Griffin & *NSYNC
13 2001 R. Kelly
(6 awards)
"Hanging by a Moment"
Bernie Mac
14 2002 Nelly Ashanti
(5 awards)
The Eminem Show
"How You Remind Me"
Cedric the Entertainer
15 2003 50 Cent 50 Cent
(6 awards)
Get Rich or Die Tryin'
50 Cent
"In Da Club"
50 Cent
Ryan Seacrest with Nick Lachey & Jessica Simpson
16 2004 Usher Usher
(11 awards)
"Yeah!" Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris Ryan Seacrest
17 2005 50 Cent Green Day
(6 awards)
The Massacre
50 Cent
"We Belong Together"
Mariah Carey
LL Cool J
18 2006 Chris Brown Mary J. Blige
(9 awards)
Some Hearts
Carrie Underwood
"Be Without You"
Mary J. Blige
No Host
2007–2010 not held
19 2011 ABC Eminem Eminem
(6 awards)
Taio Cruz
Ken Jeong MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
20 2012 Adele Adele
(12 awards)
"Party Rock Anthem"
LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
Julie Bowen & Ty Burrell
21 2013 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift
(8 awards)
Taylor Swift
"Somebody That I Used to Know"
Gotye feat. Kimbra
Tracy Morgan
22 2014 Justin Timberlake Justin Timberlake
(7 awards)
The 20/20 Experience
Justin Timberlake
"Blurred Lines"
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell
23 2015 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift
(8 awards)
Taylor Swift
"All About That Bass"
Meghan Trainor
Ludacris & Chrissy Teigen
24 2016 Adele The Weeknd
(8 awards)
"See You Again"
Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth
Ludacris & Ciara T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

Award process[edit]

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.


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.

Current categories[edit]

The most important categories are Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Hot 100 Song and Top New Artist. These categories highlighted in each award and other categories are divided by genre.

  • Top Artist
  • Top New Artist
  • Top Male Artist
  • Top Female Artist
  • Top Duo/Group
  • Top Touring Artist
  • Top Billboard 200 Artist
  • Top Billboard 200 Album
  • Top Hot 100 Artist
  • Top Hot 100 Song
  • Top Radio Songs Artist
  • Top Radio Song
  • Top Social Artist
  • Top Streaming Artist
  • Top Streaming Song (Audio)
  • Top Streaming Song (Video)
  • Top Christian Artist
  • Top Christian Song
  • Top Christian Album
  • Top Gospel Artist
  • Top Gospel Song
  • Top Gospel Album
  • Top Country Artist
  • Top Country Song
  • Top Country Album
  • Top Dance/Electronic Artist
  • Top Dance/Electronic Song
  • Top Dance/Electronic Album
  • Top Latin Artist
  • Top Latin Song
  • Top Latin Album
  • Top R&B Artist
  • Top R&B Song
  • Top R&B Album
  • Top Rap Artist
  • Top Rap Song
  • Top Rap Album
  • Top Rock Artist
  • Top Rock Song
  • Top Rock Album
  • Top Soundtrack
  • Billboard Chart Achievement Award (Fan-voted)

Retired categories (1989–2015)[edit]

  • Top Alternative song
  • Top Alternative Album
  • Top Alternative Artist
  • Top Classical Crossover Artist
  • Top Classical Crossover Album
  • Top Digital Media Artist
  • Top Digital Songs Artist
  • Top Digital Song
  • 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
  • Milestone Award

Special awards[edit]

Billboard Century Award[edit]

Icon Award[edit]

The Billboard Icon Award was first made in 2011.

Billboard Millennium Award[edit]

Recognizes music singers and contributions. To date, there have only been three recipients of this award:

Billboard Spotlight[edit]

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[edit]

Other special awards[edit]

Most wins[edit]

The record for most Billboard Music Awards won is held by Taylor Swift with 23 wins.[10]

The awards show[edit]

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.[11] A new award statuette was created by New York firm Society Awards. Dick Clark Productions produces the ceremony, giving it control of both of ABC's non-country music awards specials, including the November American Music Awards.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nick Goumond (2011-04-14), Rihanna, Eminem, Lady Gaga score double digit Billboard Music Awards noms,, retrieved 2011-04-16 
  2. ^ "Neil Diamond". Billboard. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Stevie Wonder to Receive Icon Award at Billboard Music Awards". Billboard. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Prince". Billboard. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Jennifer Lopez". Billboard. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Melendez, Monique (May 2, 2016). "Britney Spears to Perform Hits Medley at Billboard Music Awards". Billboard. Retrieved May 2, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h "Who Has Won the Artist Achievement Award?". Billboard Music Awards. 12 April 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Sisqo, Destiny's Child Win Big at the Billboard Music Awards". 
  10. ^ "Top 10 Winners". Billboard. Retrieved August 1, 2016. 
  11. ^ Billboard Music Awards To Air Live From Las Vegas On ABC May 22 Billboard (February 17, 2011)

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