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Pink to Receive Icon Award at 2021 Billboard Music Awards

From who has won the Icon Award in previous years to the artist with the most nominations this year, here's everything you need to know about the 2021 Billboard Music Awards.
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It’s time to get the party started (see what I did there?!) because Pink has officially reached icon status.

The legendary singer is set to receive the Icon Award at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, which is set to air on Sunday, May 23.

Pink Joins Cher, Stevie Wonder, and More as Billboard Icon Recipients

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The announcement, which was made on Tuesday, May 4, cements Pink as one of the most prolific artists of her generation.

“As a little girl, I always dreamed about being a singer and sharing my love of music with the world. Years later, to receive the Billboard Music Awards Icon Award is hard to fathom!” she said in a statement. 

“I feel so honored to join the ranks of music idols like Cher, Garth Brooks, Janet Jackson, and Stevie Wonder. It’s a true ‘pinch me’ moment and I feel humbled and blessed.”

In fact, Pink is only the tenth person to receive the Icon Award. Other winners include Mariah Carey, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, and Celine Dion. 

Pink Is Also Set to Perform

Along with accepting her award, Pink is also set to perform at the ceremony. It will actually be her first time performing at the Billboard Music Awards in five years, as she last hit the Billboard stage in 2016 when she performed her hit song “Just Like Fire.”

It’s unclear what Pink will be performing, but it’s probably safe to assume she’ll do some sort of medley of her old and new songs.

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Garth Brooks, who won this award last year, did a medley of his greatest hits, such as “Friends in Low Places,” “The Thunder Rolls,” and “The Dance.”

Some of the other performers set to hit the stage on Sunday night include DJ Khaled, H.E.R., Glass Animals, The Weeknd, AJR, BTS, and Duran Duran. Nick Jonas will be hosting the show this year.

Who Is Nominated?

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The Weeknd landed the most nominations this year (16), while DaBaby garnered the second most with 11 nominations. Some other major artists to be nominated include Taylor Swift, Drake, Billie Eilish, and Megan Thee Stallion.

Here is who’s nominated in some of the major categories this year. Make sure to tune in on Sunday, May 23 on NBC who wins!

Top Artist

Drake
Juice WRLD
Pop Smoke
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

Top New Artist

Gabby Barrett
Doja Cat
Jack Harlow
Pop Smoke
Rod Wave

Top Male Artist

Drake
Juice WRLD
Lil Baby
Pop Smoke
The Weeknd

Top Female Artist

Billie Eilish
Ariana Grande
Dua Lipa
Megan Thee Stallion
Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group

AC/DC
AJR
BTS
Dan + Shay
Maroon 5

Top Hot 100 Artist

DaBaby
Drake
Dua Lipa
Pop Smoke
The Weeknd

Top Billboard 200 Artist

Drake
Juice WRLD
Pop Smoke
Post Malone
Taylor Swift

Top Streaming Songs Artist

DaBaby
Drake
Lil Baby
Pop Smoke
The Weeknd

Top R&B Artist

Jhené Aiko
Justin Bieber
Chris Brown
Doja Cat
The Weeknd

Top Rap Artist

DaBaby
Drake
Juice WRLD
Lil Baby
Pop Smoke

Top Country Artist

Gabby Barrett
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Chris Stapleton
Morgan Wallen

Top Rock Artist

AC/DC
AJR
Five Finger Death Punch
Machine Gun Kelly
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