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We’re just days away from Sunday’s (May 15) Billboard Music Awards, where music’s biggest stars get to celebrate their success on the Billboard charts. Who are some of the biggest artists of all time at the awards show, and who might dominate this year?
BBMA finalists and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay and touring.
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Drake currently has more BBMAs than any artist in history with 29 wins, thanks to his string of top albums and hit singles. Taylor Swift follows as the biggest female BBMA winner of all time with 25 total wins, stretching all the way back to 2011 when she won her first top country album award for Speak Now. Justin Bieber rounds out the top three with 21 total wins, thanks in part to his standout year in 2017, when he won five awards for just one song: his remix of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s “Despacito.”
Who could win big at this year’s Billboard Music Awards? The Weeknd leads the pack this year as a finalist in 17 categories. He already has 19 wins, making him the fifth-winningest artist of all time. If he wins 11 of his 17 nominations, he can take Drake’s crown as the biggest BBMAs winner in history. Swift could also win the title if she wins five of the seven categories that she’s a finalist in this year. Drake could also break his own record, as he’s a finalist in 11 categories.
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