Editorial: The 2021 Billboard Music Awards

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The 2021 Billboard Music Awards took place May 23, 2021, hosted by Jonas Brothers’ member Nick Jonas. He did a fantastic job hosting this musical event-he was enthusiastic and engaging with the audience and viewers at home. 

Congratulations to all the winners of the Billboard Music Awards.


-Opening act: H.E.R., DJ Khaled, and Migos performed their single We Going Crazy

-Doja Cat featuring SZA performed Kiss Me More. 

Amazing duet by these two artists!

– Alicia Keys performs an incredible medley from her 2001 album Songs in A Minor in honour of the 20th Anniversary of the record

Piano & I

A Woman’s Worth 

How Come You Don’t Call Me 


Side note: It was fantastic to watch former First Lady Michelle Obama introduce the R&B artist.

-The pop trio AJR performed two songs with style and swag/


Way Less Sad

-Pink performs an impressive medley of her famous hits after receiving her Billboard Icon Award.

Cover Me in Sunshine – Pink did a stunning acrobatic performance with her daughter Willow. Beautiful and heartwarming

All I Know so Far 

Get the Party Started 

So What (backed by a full rock band)

Blow Me (One Last Kiss) 

Who Knew

Just Like a Pill

Just Give Me a Reason

-Ann Nesby and Sounds of Blackness perform their iconic song Optimistic with hope, grace and heart.

It took place at Prince’s Paisley Park. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis honour the city of Minneapolis as the place for change both musically and socially.

-Karol G gave an impressive debut performance with two of her singles


El Makinon

-The South Korean Pop group BTS performs their latest single Butter from Seoul, South Korea.  

It was catchy, rhythmic, and has an impressive new sound.

-Bad Bunny performed his latest single, Te Deseo Lo Mejor (I wish you luck), with a bold sound.

-Glass Animals gave an incredible debut performance with their single Heat Wave.

The song had a fresh new and bold sound. I look forward to hearing more music from them.

– The Weeknd gave an excellent performance of his single Save Your Tears with cars (classic models) and trucks. He even sang in a car before getting off one. The cars and trucks turned around him while he sang. It was spectacular to watch. 

-Duran Duran gave a legendary and epic performance of two classic songs along with a new single. I admit I even got up and danced because I enjoy their music.


Hungry Like The Wolf


Side Note: Upcoming Album Future Past, coming to release in October, according to some sources.

– The Jonas Brothers performed their new single Leave Before You Love Me featuring Marshmello.

Then they segued into other famous hits:


Only Human 

What a Man Gotta Do

It ended with a bonus preview of their single Remember This for the Tokyo Summer Olympics. 

  The brothers performed remarkably together with lovely fraternal chemistry.


-Top 100 Artists Award: The Weeknd 

-Top Selling Song: BTS Dynamite

-Top Latin Artist: Bad Bunny

-Billboard Icon Award winner: Pink (P!nk)

Jon Bon Jovi introduced the artist, and then there was a lovely montage about Pink’s career. 

Side Note: Pink showed a good sense of humour about her childhood crush on Jon Bon Jovi. She was humble and gracious in her speech. It’s lovely to hear about their friendship, dating back many years.  

-Top Country Female Artist: Gabby Barrett

-Top 100 Billboard Songs: The Weeknd – Blinding Lights

-Billboard Change Maker Award: Trae Tha Truth

A lovely montage that honours the Rap star

Introduction by BeyoncĂ©’s mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson

Side Note: There was beautiful humility from Trae Tha Truth. He spoke from the heart, which is nice to hear.

– Artist of the Decade: Drake

An incredible montage honouring his career – it was inspirational

-Top 200 Billboard Album: Pop Smoke – Shoot for the Stars – Aim For the Moon

On behalf of Pop Smoke, the late artist’s mother accepted the award and paid a beautiful tribute to her son. May Pop Smoke rest in peace.

-Top Artist: The Weeknd

Once again, congratulations to all the winners of the 2021 Billboard Music Awards. Nick Jonas was fantastic as the host. Seeing an audience at this musical event gave me hope that normalcy is coming soon. Great work to the team working at the Billboard Music Awards for following the COVID guidelines and protocols.

Take care

Flora Youssef

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