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Billboard Music Award

Billboard Music Awards
2014 Billboard Music Awards
Awarded for Outstanding chart performance
Country United States
Presented by Billboard
First awarded 1989
Official website .com.billboardmusicawardswww

The Billboard Music Award is an honor given by Billboard, a publication and music popularity chart covering the music business. The Billboard Music Awards show had been held annually since 1989 in December until it went dormant in 2007. The awards returned in 2011 and is held annually in May.[1]


  • Ceremonies 1
  • Award process 2
  • Categories 3
    • Current categories 3.1
    • Retired categories (1989–2014) 3.2
    • Special awards 3.3
      • Artist of the Decade 3.3.1
      • Billboard Century Award 3.3.2
      • Icon Award 3.3.3
      • Billboard Millennium Award 3.3.4
      • Billboard Spotlight Award 3.3.5
      • Artist Achievement Award 3.3.6
      • Woman of the Year Award 3.3.7
      • Rising Star Award 3.3.8
      • Milestone Award 3.3.9
      • Trailblazer Award 3.3.10
  • The awards show 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


# Year TV Artist of the Year winners Multiple wins Album of the Year winners Song of the Year winners Host(s) Venue
1 1989 FOX George Michael George Michael
(4 awards)
Michael Jackson
"Miss You Much"
Janet Jackson
Paul Shaffer Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California
2 1990 M.C. Hammer Janet Jackson
(15 awards)
Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 Rhythm Nation
Janet Jackson
Paul Shaffer & Morris Day with Jerome Benton
3 1991 Michael Jackson Mariah Carey
(7 awards)
I'm Your Baby Tonight
Whitney Houston
"Vision of Love"
Mariah Carey
Paul Shaffer
4 1992 Garth Brooks Garth Brooks
(6 awards)
Ropin' The Wind
Garth Brooks
"End of The Road"
Boyz II Men
Phil Collins Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles
5 1993 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston
(15 awards)
The Bodyguard Soundtrack "I Will Always Love You"
Whitney Houston
6 1994 Ace of Base Mariah Carey
(4 awards)
Music Box
Mariah Carey
"The Sign"
Ace Of Base
Dennis Miller & Heather Locklear
7 1995 TLC TLC
(3 awards)
Cracked Rear View
Hootie & The Blowfish
"Gangsta's Paradise"
Jon Stewart Coliseum, New York City
8 1996 Alanis Morissette Alanis Morissette
(2 awards)
Jagged Little Pill
Alanis Morissette
Los Del Rio
Chris Rock Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
9 1997 LeAnn Rimes LeAnn Rimes
(4 awards)
Spice Girls
"Candle In The Wind 1997"
Elton John
David Spade MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
10 1998 Usher Next
(7 awards)
Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture "My Heart Will Go On"
Celine Dion
Kathy Griffin & Andy Dick
11 1999 Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys
(6 awards)
Backstreet Boys
"Livin' La Vida Loca"
Ricky Martin
Kathy Griffin & Adam Carolla
12 2000 Destiny's Child Sisqo
(5 awards)
No Strings Attached
'N Sync
Faith Hill
Kathy Griffin & *NSYNC
13 2001 R. Kelly
(6 awards)
"Hanging by a Moment"
Bernie Mac
14 2002 Celine Dion Ashanti
(5 awards)
The Eminem Show
"How You Remind Me"
Cedric the Entertainer
15 2003 50 Cent 50 Cent
(6 awards)
Get Rich Or Die Tryin'
50 Cent
"In Da Club"
50 Cent
Ryan Seacrest with Nick Lachey & Jessica Simpson
16 2004 Usher Usher
(11 awards)
"Yeah!" Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris Ryan Seacrest
17 2005 50 Cent Green Day
(6 awards)
The Massacre
50 Cent
"We Belong Together"
Mariah Carey
LL Cool J
18 2006 Chris Brown Mary J. Blige
(9 awards)
Some Hearts
Carrie Underwood
"Be Without You"
Mary J. Blige
No Host
2007–2010 not held
19 2011 ABC Taylor Swift Eminem
(6 awards)
Taio Cruz
Ken Jeong MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
20 2012 Adele Adele
(12 awards)
"Party Rock Anthem"
LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
Julie Bowen & Ty Burrell
21 2013 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift
(8 awards)
Taylor Swift
"Somebody That I Used to Know"
Gotye feat. Kimbra
Tracy Morgan
22 2014 Justin Timberlake Justin Timberlake
(7 awards)
The 20/20 Experience
Justin Timberlake
"Blurred Lines"
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell

Award process

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 United States year-end chart performance according to Nielsen data for sales, number of downloads and total airplay. Awards were given for the top album/artist/single in different genres. Since 1992, the awards also give out a Billboard Century Award—the magazine's highest honor for creative achievement and named for Billboard's centennial in 1994. The award was renamed the Icon Award in 2011. Janet Jackson has won the most awards with 33 wins.


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.

Current categories

The most important category of delivery in the Billboard Music Awards are Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and New Artist of the Year. These categories highlighted in each award and other categories are divided by genre making the BMAs different from the Grammys.

Retired categories (1989–2014)

  • Top Alternative song
  • Top Alternative Album
  • Top Alternative Artist
  • Top Classical Crossover Artist
  • Top Classical Crossover Album
  • Top Digital Media Artist
  • Top EDM Artist
  • Top EDM Song
  • Top EDM Album
  • Top Independent Album 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 Pop Song
  • Top Pop Album
  • Top Pop Artist
  • Top R&B Song
  • Top Rhythmic Top 40 Title
  • Top Selling Single
  • Top Soundtrack Single of the Year
  • Top New Song
  • Top Pop Punk Artist

Special awards

Artist of the Decade

Billboard Century Award

Icon Award

The Icon Award was first made in 2011.

Billboard Millennium Award

Recognizes music singers and contributions. To date, there have only been two recipients of this award:

Billboard Spotlight Award

In 1988, Michael Jackson was honored with Billboard's first Spotlight Award for being the first artist in history to have five consecutive number ones singles on Billboard Hot 100 from one album. In 2012, Katy Perry was honored with Billboard's second Spotlight award for being the second and first female artist in history to have five consecutive number ones singles on Billboard Hot 100 from one album.

Artist Achievement Award

Woman of the Year Award

In 2007, country music legend Reba McEntire was honored with Billboard's first Woman of the Year Award because of her success as a recording artist, contributions to the business, and leadership in embracing the changing music business.[6] Every year since then, Billboard has honored a female artist with the award.

Rising Star Award

In 2008, Colbie Caillat was honored with Billboard's first Rising Star Award because of her ascent in the pop charts and the huge repercussion that her music caused. Every year since then, Billboard has honored a female artist with the award.

Milestone Award

Trailblazer Award

In 2014, Hayley Williams was honored with Billboard's first Trailblazer Award for being a standout female artist who breaks from convention to make a unique mark in music and pave the way for other talent.[9]

The awards show

Since its inception (created by Rick Garson), the BMAs had been telecast on the Fox network; however due to contractual expirations and other unforeseen circumstances, the awards were canceled for 2007. Plans for a new version of the awards in 2008 (in association with AEG Live) fell through, and the BMAs were not held until 2011.

On February 17, 2011, Billboard announced that it would bring the BMAs back to television, moving from its original home on Fox to its new network, ABC, on May 22, 2011.[10] A new award statuette was created by New York firm Society Awards.

See also


  1. ^ Nick Goumond (2011-04-14), Rihanna, Eminem, Lady Gaga score double digit Billboard Music Awards noms,, retrieved 2011-04-16 
  2. ^ "Neil Diamond". Billboard. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Stevie Wonder to Receive Icon Award at Billboard Music Awards". Billboard. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Prince". Billboard. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Jennifer Lopez". Billboard. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "McEntire Named Billboard's Woman Of The Year". Billboard. 2007. Retrieved Sep 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Justin Bieber". Billboard. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Carrie Underwood". Billboard. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Paramore's Hayley Williams to Receive Trailblazer Honor at Billboard Women in Music Awards". Billboard. 2014. Retrieved Nov 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ Billboard Music Awards To Air Live From Las Vegas On ABC May 22 Billboard (February 17, 2011)

External links

  • Official website
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