News May 18, 2021

SBS On Demand to stream 2021 Billboard Music Awards next week

SBS On Demand to stream 2021 Billboard Music Awards next week

SBS has struck a deal to screen the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, which will see performances from P!NK, BTS, The Weeknd and Duran Duran and will be hosted by Nick Jonas.

It will be streamed live from Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theatre on SBS On Demand from 10am AEST on Monday, May 24.

Taylor Swift, Drake, AC/DC, Kylie Minogue, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga are up for awards.

The Weeknd leads the nominations, with 16 nods. DaBaby follows with 11, and the late Pop Smoke is a finalist in 10 categories.

Drake, who holds the record for most Billboard Music Award wins with 27, will be seen receiving the Artist of the Decade gong.

During the 2010s, the Canadian rapper had nine #1 albums, more than any artist during the decade. His 33 Top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 were not emulated by any other artist.

He is also up for top artist alongside Juice WRLD, Pop Smoke, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd.

AC/DC are vying for Top Group, Top Rock Artist and Top Rock Album for Power Up.

Kylie Minogue’s Disco is a contender for Top Dance/ Electronic Album, with her rivals in the category DJ Snake, Gryffin, Kygo and Lady Gaga.

P!NK will receive the ICON award, the 10th artist to be given one.

At the age of 41, she is the youngest recipient. The others are Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey and Garth Brooks.

“As a little girl, I always dreamed about being a singer and sharing my love of music with the world,” P!NK said when told of the upcoming honour.

“Years later, to receive the Billboard Music Awards Icon Award is hard to fathom.”

You won’t see new country music superstar Morgan Wallen anywhere during the stream.  Although up for six wins, he is cold-shouldered after being caught using the N-word on video.

“Morgan Wallen is a finalist this year based on charting. As his recent conduct does not align with our core values, we will not be including him on the show in any capacity (performing, presenting, accepting),” Dick Clark Productions said in a statement.

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