Billboard Music Award

The Billboard Music Award is an honor given out annually by Billboard, a publication and music popularity chart covering the music business. The Billboard Music Awards show had been held annually since 1990 and the event was formerly held in December[1] until it went dormant in 2006. The awards returned in 2011 and are now held annually in May.

Billboard Music Awards
2019 Billboard Music Awards
Awarded forOutstanding chart performance
CountryUnited States
Presented byBillboard
First awardedMay 10, 1990; 30 years ago (1990-05-10)
Television/radio coverage
NetworkFox (1990–2006)
ABC (2011–2017)
NBC (2018–present)
Most recent Billboard Music Award winners
← 2018 May 1, 2019 2020 →
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Award Top Artist & Top Male Artist Top Female Artist Top New Artist
Winner Drake Ariana Grande Juice Wrld
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Award Top Billboard 200 Album Top Hot 100 Song Top Hot 100 Song
Winner Drake
Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
("Girls Like You")

Previous Top Artist

Ed Sheeran

Top Artist


Awards processEdit

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 album and digital songs sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring, and social engagement. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The 2018 awards are based on the reporting period of April 8, 2017 through March 31, 2018.[2] Awards are given for the top album, artist and single in a number of different music genres.


# Year TV Top Artist[3] Top Male Artist Top Female Artist Top New Artist Top Duo/Group Top Hot 100 Song Top Billboard 200 Album Multiple wins Host(s) Venue Ref.
1 1990 Fox not awarded Phil Collins Janet Jackson "Hold On" by Wilson Phillips not awarded Janet Jackson
(8 awards)
Paul Shaffer & Morris Day
with Jerome Benton
Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California [4]
2 1991 Mariah Carey "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" by Bryan Adams Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
Garth Brooks
C+C Music Factory
(5 awards)
Paul Shaffer [5]
3 1992 Kris Kross "End of the Road"
by Boyz II Men
not awarded Michael Jackson
(3 awards)
Phil Collins Universal Amphitheater,
Los Angeles
4 1993 Whitney Houston* Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston The Bodyguard Soundtrack
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
(11 awards)
5 1994 not awarded Snoop Dogg Mariah Carey Ace of Base "The Sign" by Ace of Base not awarded Ace of Base
(2 awards)
Dennis Miller and Heather Locklear [8]
6 1995 TLC Real McCoy "Gangsta's Paradise"
by Coolio
Cracked Rear View
Hootie & the Blowfish
(3 awards)
Jon Stewart Coliseum,
New York City
7 1996 Alanis Morissette Alanis Morissette Tony Rich "Macarena" by Los del Río not awarded Mariah Carey
(2 awards)
Chris Rock Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas [10]
8 1997 LeAnn Rimes LeAnn Rimes Spice Girls "Candle in the Wind 1997"
by Elton John
Spice Girls
Elton John
(4 awards)
David Spade MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada [11]
9 1998 Usher Shania Twain Next Next "Too Close" by Next Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture
Celine Dion
(8 awards)
Kathy Griffin and
Andy Dick
10 1999 Backstreet Boys Ricky Martin Britney Spears Backstreet Boys "Believe" by Cher Millennium
Backstreet Boys
Backstreet Boys
(4 awards)
Kathy Griffin and
Adam Carolla
11 2000 Destiny's Child Sisqó Christina Aguilera Sisqó Destiny's Child "Breathe" by Faith Hill No Strings Attached
(6 awards)
Kathy Griffin and
12 2001 Shaggy Destiny's Child Lifehouse Destiny's Child "Hanging by a Moment"
by Lifehouse
The Beatles
R. Kelly
Tim McGraw
(5 awards)
Bernie Mac [15]
13 2002 Nelly Nelly Ashanti Ashanti Creed "How You Remind Me"
by Nickelback
The Eminem Show
(8 awards)
Cedric the Entertainer [16]
14 2003 50 Cent not awarded Get Rich or Die Tryin'
50 Cent
R. Kelly
(4 awards)
Ryan Seacrest with Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson [17]
15 2004 Usher Usher Alicia Keys Outkast "Yeah!" by Usher
(feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris)
(11 awards)
Ryan Seacrest [18]
16 2005 50 Cent Gwen Stefani "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey The Massacre
50 Cent
50 Cent
Green Day
(6 awards)
LL Cool J [19]
17 2006 Chris Brown Chris Brown Rihanna Chris Brown Nickelback "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter Some Hearts
Carrie Underwood
Mary J. Blige
(9 awards)
No Host [20]
2007–2010 not held
18 2011 ABC Eminem Eminem Rihanna Justin Bieber The Black Eyed Peas "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz Recovery
(6 awards)
Ken Jeong MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada [21]
19 2012 Adele Lil Wayne Adele Wiz Khalifa LMFAO "Party Rock Anthem"
(feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock)
(12 awards)
Julie Bowen and
Ty Burrell
20 2013 Taylor Swift Justin Bieber Taylor Swift One Direction One Direction "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye (feat. Kimbra) Red
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
(8 awards)
Tracy Morgan [23]
21 2014 Justin Timberlake Justin Timberlake Katy Perry Lorde Imagine Dragons "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke (feat. T.I. & Pharrell) The 20/20 Experience
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
(7 awards)
Ludacris [24]
22 2015 Taylor Swift Sam Smith Taylor Swift Sam Smith One Direction "All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor 1989
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
(8 awards)
Ludacris and
Chrissy Teigen
23 2016 Adele Justin Bieber Adele Fetty Wap "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa (feat. Charlie Puth) 25
The Weeknd
(8 awards)
Ludacris and Ciara T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada [26]
24 2017 Drake Drake Beyoncé Zayn Malik Twenty One Pilots "Closer" by The Chainsmokers (feat. Halsey) Views
(13 awards)
Ludacris and
Vanessa Hudgens
25 2018 NBC Ed Sheeran Ed Sheeran Taylor Swift Khalid Imagine Dragons "Despacito"
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee (feat. Justin Bieber)
Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran
Kendrick Lamar
(6 awards)
Kelly Clarkson MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada [28]
26 2019 Drake Drake Ariana Grande Juice Wrld BTS "Girls Like You"
Maroon 5 (feat. Cardi B)
Scorpion - Drake Drake
(12 awards)
  • Whitney Houston won the award for "#1 World Artist".[7] This field shows winners of "Artist of the Year" (awarded from 1995 to 2006), and "Top Artist" (awarded since 2011).


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. As of 2017, there are two fan-voted categories.

Current categoriesEdit

The general 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.

Retired categories (1990–2017)Edit

  • Top Alternative Album
  • Top Alternative Artist
  • Top Alternative Song
  • Top Classical Crossover Artist
  • Top Classical Crossover Album
  • Top Country Collaboration (2017)
  • Top Dance Artist (until 2013)
  • Top Dance Album (until 2013)
  • Top Dance Song (until 2013)
  • Top Digital Media Artist (until 2012)
  • Top Digital Songs Artist (until 2015)
  • Top Digital Song (until 2015)
  • Top EDM Artist (until 2013)
  • Top EDM Album (until 2013)
  • Top EDM Song (until 2013)
  • Top Independent 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 New Song
  • Top Pop Song (until 2013)
  • Top Pop Album (until 2013)
  • Top Pop Artist (until 2013)
  • Top Pop Punk Artist
  • Top Rap Artist (until 2017)
  • Top R&B Collaboration (2017)
  • Top Rap Collaboration (2017)
  • Top Rhythmic Top 40 Title
  • Top Selling Single
  • Top Soundtrack Single of the Year
  • Milestone Award (2013, 2014)

Special awardsEdit