COVID-19: 2021 Billboard Music Awards to air May 23 on NBC

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NBC has announced the date for their 2021 Billboard Music Awards, happening just seven months after the delayed 2020 Billboard Music Awards took place.

The network has revealed the 2021 Billboard Music Awards will air Sunday, 23 May on NBC at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT, via Billboard.

The company will announce other details like the host, performers, nominees, and the ceremony venue at a later date.

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards were originally slated to take place on 29 April at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, but it was pushed indefinitely, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

‘In accordance with the current guidelines set forth by national and local health officials and in order to ensure the health and safety of our artists, fans, guests and staff, we are postponing the Billboard Music Awards,’ a statement from Dick Clark Productions read.

The awards show ultimately happened on 14 October with Kelly Clarkson serving as host from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Garth Brooks received the Icon Award at the ceremony, while Killer Mike received the inaugural Change Maker Award.

Post Malone walked away as the big winner of the night, taking home nine awards including Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, and Top Billboard 100 Artist.

Billie Eilish took home three awards, including Top Female Artist, Top New Artist, and Top Billboard 200 Album for her debut When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

Nominees and winners at the Billboard Music Awards are based on fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring, and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including MRC Data.

The May 23 date signals a return to the early spring months for the ceremony, which could boost ratings as well.

Last year’s ceremony in October was watched by approximately 3.6 million viewers, a massive 55% drop from the 8.01 million viewers who watched in 2019.

Still, given that COVID-19 is still spreading throughout the United States, with massive spikes of late in Los Angeles, it’s possible this date may be delayed as well once we get closer to the ceremony.

Then again, now that the vaccines are starting to slowly be distributed, it’s possible that all attendees will get vaccinated before they arrive.

The Billboard Music Awards kicked off in 1990, though there was a period between 2007 and 2010 when the ceremony was not held.

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