|Billboard Music Awards|
|2018 Billboard Music Awards|
|Awarded for||Outstanding chart performance|
|First awarded||December 10, 1990|
The Billboard Music Award is an honor given out annually by Billboard, a publication and music popularity chart covering the music business. The Billboard Music Awards show had been held annually since 1990 and the event was formerly held in December until it went dormant in 2006. The awards returned in 2011 and are now held annually in May. The 2018 Billboard Music Awards aired live on NBC on May 20.
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 album and digital songs sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring, and social engagement. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The 2018 awards are based on the reporting period of April 8, 2017 through March 31, 2018. Awards are given for the top album, artist and single in a number of different music genres.
|#||Year||TV||Top Artist||Multiple wins||Top Billboard 200 Album||Top Hot 100 Song||Host(s)||Venue||Ref.|
|1||1990||Fox||not awarded||Janet Jackson
|not awarded||"Hold On" by Wilson Phillips||Paul Shaffer and Morris Day with Jerome Benton||Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California|||
|2||1991||Garth Brooks and
C+C Music Factory
|"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" by Bryan Adams||Paul Shaffer|||
|not awarded||"End of the Road"
by Boyz II Men
|Phil Collins||Universal Amphitheater,
|4||1993||Whitney Houston*||Whitney Houston
|The Bodyguard Soundtrack
|"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston|||
|5||1994||not awarded||Ace of Base
|not awarded||"The Sign" by Ace of Base||Dennis Miller and Heather Locklear|||
|Cracked Rear View
Hootie & the Blowfish
New York City
|7||1996||Alanis Morissette||Mariah Carey
|not awarded||"Macarena" by Los del Río||Chris Rock||Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas|||
|8||1997||LeAnn Rimes||Elton John
|"Candle in the Wind 1997"
by Elton John
|David Spade||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada|||
|Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture
|"Too Close" by Next||Kathy Griffin and
|10||1999||Backstreet Boys||Backstreet Boys
|"Believe" by Cher||Kathy Griffin and
|No Strings Attached
|"Breathe" by Faith Hill||Kathy Griffin and
|12||2001||R. Kelly and
|"Hanging by a Moment"
|The Eminem Show
|"How You Remind Me"
|Cedric the Entertainer|||
|14||2003||50 Cent||R. Kelly
|not awarded||not awarded||Ryan Seacrest with Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson|||
|"Yeah!" by Usher
(feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris)
|16||2005||50 Cent||50 Cent and
|"We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey||LL Cool J|||
|17||2006||Chris Brown||Mary J. Blige
|not awarded||No Host|||
|2007–2010 not held|
|"Dynamite" by Taio Cruz||Ken Jeong||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada|||
|"Party Rock Anthem"
(feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock)
|Julie Bowen and
|20||2013||Taylor Swift||Taylor Swift
|"Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye (feat. Kimbra)||Tracy Morgan|||
|21||2014||Justin Timberlake||Justin Timberlake
|The 20/20 Experience
|"Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)||Ludacris|||
|22||2015||Taylor Swift||Taylor Swift
|"All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor||Ludacris and
|"See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa (feat. Charlie Puth)||Ludacris and Ciara||T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada|||
|"Closer" by The Chainsmokers (feat. Halsey)||Ludacris and
|25||2018||NBC||Ed Sheeran||Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee (feat. Justin Bieber)
|Kelly Clarkson||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada|||
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. As of 2017, there are two fan-voted categories.
The general categories are Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Hot 100 Song and Top New Artist. These categories highlighted in each award and other categories are divided by genre.
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||Number of awards|
|Mary J. Blige||10|
Since its inception (created by Rick Garson, Paul Flattery & Jim Yukich), the BMAs had been telecast on the Fox network; however due to contractual expirations and other unforeseen circumstances, the awards were cancelled 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. A new award statuette was created by New York firm Society Awards. Dick Clark Productions, which is co-owned with Billboard, began producing the ceremony in 2014. On November 28, 2017, it was announced that the Billboard Music Awards would be moving from ABC to NBC beginning in 2018 under a multi-year contract.
|Year||Day||Date||Network||Household ratings||18–49 ratings||Viewers
|2007–2010 not held|