The Weeknd is well-known for his sonic versatility and dark lyricism; his music explores escapism, romance, and melancholia, and is frequently inspired by personal experiences. He has won four Grammy Awards, 19 Billboard Music Awards, 15 Juno Awards, six American Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, and an Academy Award nomination. According to reports, The Weeknd is also the most nominated Billboard Music Awards finalist, with 17 nominations.
With 17 nominations, The Weeknd leads the finalists for the 2022 Billboard Music Awards. Doja Cat has 14 nominations, Justin Bieber, Kanye “Ye” West, and Olivia Rodrigo have 13 each, Drake has 11, Dua Lipa and Ed Sheeran have nine each, and The Kid LAROI has eight, and BTS, GIVON, and Taylor Swift have seven each.
The Weeknd will compete for top artist alongside Doja Cat, Drake, Rodrigo, and Taylor Swift. Rodrigo is also nominated for best new artist, which she won at the Grammys on Sunday alongside GIVON, Masked Wolf, Pooh Shiesty, and The Kid LAROI.
Furthermore, The Weeknd’s collaboration with Ariana Grande on “Save Your Tears (Remix)” is nominated for six awards. Meanwhile, the Christian and gospel categories are dominated by Kanye. Awards will be given out in 62 categories spanning a wide range of genres, including five new categories for this year’s show.
Sheeran is a finalist in all four new global categories for artist and his song “Bad Habits,” while “Save Your Tears” and The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber’s “STAY” are represented in both new global song categories. Rodrigo and The Weeknd are finalists in both of the new global artist categories.
The BBMAs for this year are based on the chart period from April 10, 2021, to March 26, 2022. Finalists and winners are determined by Billboard and its data partners, including Luminate, based on key fan interactions with music, such as album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, and social engagement.
The awards will be presented live on NBC on May 15 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It will also be streamed live on Peacock. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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