The Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) honors the hottest names in music today. Unique among music awards shows, honorees are selected by performance on the Billboard Charts, widely considered to be the ultimate authority in the music industry.
The Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) honors the hottest names in music today. Unique among music awards shows, honorees are selected by performance on the Billboard Charts, widely considered to be the ultimate authority in the music industry. Consistently ranked as the second largest pop music show of the year, the show celebrates music’s greatest achievements, solidifying the BBMAs as an annual, live entertainment tentpole franchise.
Additionally, for the first time ever, the official BBMAs red carpet pre-show will be live streamed exclusively on Twitter and available globally for logged-in and logged-out audiences on Twitter and connected devices.
The 2016 Billboard Music Awards ranked as the No. 1 broadcast program on Sunday, May 22, 2016 and drew its 3rd-largest audience ever for the show on ABC with an average of 9.8 million viewers and a 3.2/10 in Adults 18-49. In addition, the 3-hour telecast was that day’s most social program with 1.8 million tweets.
The 2016 show was hosted by entertainment mogul Ludacris and Ciara, with performances from Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, DNCE, Fifth Harmony with Ty Dolla $ign, The Go-Go’s, Ariana Grande, Nick Jonas with Tove Lo, Demi Lovato, Madonna with Stevie Wonder, Shawn Mendes, P!nk, Rihanna, Troye Sivan, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton and Meghan Trainor. 2016 award recipients included Adele, Justin Bieber, Luke Bryan, Drake, Fetty Wap, One Direction, Taylor Swift, twenty one pilots and The Weeknd.
Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on a 12-month reporting period ending in March of 2017. Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of artists, songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of success in music.