Billboard Music Awards: How to watch, top finalists and all the performances on tap this weekend

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Nick Jonas will host the May 23 event, which organizers should consider renaming “The Drake Show,” since he’s the most decorated winner of all-time, has a whopping seven nods this year and will accept the artist of the decade award during the show.

The Weekend, though snubbed by the Grammys, leads the pack as a finalist in 16 categories. Rappers Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD earned multiple posthumous nods, including top artist.

The Billboard Music Awards are based on the chart period of March 21, 2020, through April 3, 2021. Two of the 51 categories are fan-voted, including top collaboration and social artist, where Asian acts dominate. Finalists include K-pop groups BTS, Blackpink and Seventeen; Filipino boy band SB19; and Ariana Grande.

Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Billboard Music Awards.

What time are the Billboard Music Awards?

The awards show will air live on NBC May 23 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. If it seems like the Billboard Music Awards just happened recently, it’s because they did. Last year’s awards took place in October after they were postponed from April because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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