Drake is Billboard Artist of the Decade and to receive an Honour at BMA 2021!
Drake Is Billboard’s Artist of the Decade, Will Receive Honour at 2021 Billboard Music Awards.
Since his debut, Drake has shattered numerous chart records and now crowns Billboard’s Top Artists of the 2010s recap.
Drake rules Billboard’s Top Artists of the 2010s chart and will receive the Artist of the Decade Award at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards on May 23. Billboard previously revealed, among multiple decade-end charts, the overall top artists from Nos. 6 through 100 for the 2010s, along with the decade’s top artists for country, rock, R&B/hip-hop, Latin, Christian, gospel, dance/electronic and all-genre touring.
Drake’s dominance during the 2010s wins him top honors in the overall top artist category, which ranks the best-performing artists based on activity on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and the Billboard 200 albums tally, as well as social media data and touring revenue from Billboard Boxscore, during the decade (see full methodology below).
After first appearing on Billboard charts in 2009, Drake banked nine Billboard 200 No. 1s in the 2010s, first leading with his debut 2010 studio LP, Thank Me Later, and most recently reigning with 2019’s Care Package. He also scored six Hot 100 No. 1s in that span. Since his debut, he has obliterated numerous chart records, including the most Hot 100 top 10s (45, to-date) and overall entries (232).
At the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, Drake — who holds the title for most BBMAs with 27 after taking home 12 prizes in 2019 — will receive the Artist of the Decade Award. Drake is a finalist in seven categories at this year’s show, including top artist. The Nick Jonas-hosted event will air live Sunday, May 23, on NBC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Below, Billboard also reveals for the first time the Nos. 2 through 5 top artists, among all genres, of the 2010s.
Billboard’s Top Artists of the 2010s:
2, Taylor Swift
3, Bruno Mars
6, Ed Sheeran
7, Justin Bieber
8, Katy Perry
9, Maroon 5
10, Post Malone
Drake’s victory on Billboard’s Top Artists of the 2010s chart follows Eminem, who won for the 2000s, and Mariah Carey, the champion for the 1990s. Eminem ruled the Billboard 200 with five albums and the Hot 100 with two songs in the 2000s, while Carey collected 14 Hot 100 No. 1s and four Billboard 200 leaders in the ’90s (the first decade for which the achievement was awarded).
As Drake presides over the Top Artists of the 2010s chart encompassing all genres, he joins the previously announced winners for specific genres: Luke Bryan (country), Imagine Dragons (rock), Romeo Santos (Latin), The Chainsmokers (dance/electronic), MercyMe (Christian) and Tasha Cobbs Leonard (gospel). Additionally, U2 boasts top honors for touring, while Drake was previously announced as the winner in the R&B/hip-hop category.
DRAKE TO RECEIVE ARTIST OF THE DECADE AWARD AT THE
“2021 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS”
The Awards Air Live Sunday, May 23 at 8 P.M. ET / 5 P.M. PT on NBC
Los Angeles, CA (May 11, 2021) – dick clark productions and NBC today announced that record-breaking music superstar Drake will receive the prestigious Artist of the Decade Award at the “2021 Billboard Music Awards” (BBMAs). Drake holds the title for most Billboard Music Awards with 27, setting the mark after taking home 12 awards in 2019. Hosted by Nick Jonas, the BBMAs will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 23 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC.
Billboard’s Artists of the Decade category ranks the best-performing artists based on activity on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and the Billboard 200 albums tally, as well as social media data and touring revenue from Billboard Boxscore, from Dec. 5, 2009, through Sept. 28, 2019.
Artist of the Decade Honoree By-The-Numbers:
- Nine No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart – the most of the decade of any artist
- 33 top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100 chart – the most of the decade of any artist
- Six No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
- 18 No. 1s on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart – the most of the decade of any artist
- 69 top 10s on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart – the most of the decade of any artist
- 10 No. 1 albums on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart
Career Chart Records:
- Only solo male with more than 50 career weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
- A record 232 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
- A record 45 top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
- A record 22 No. 1 titles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart
- A record 84 top 10s on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart
- A record 120 top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
Notable Chart Stats:
- Eight No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
- Nine No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart
- 11 No. 1 albums on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart
About the “2021 Billboard Music Awards”:
This year’s awards are based on the chart period of March 21, 2020 through April 3, 2021. “Billboard Music Awards” finalists and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including audio and video streaming, album and digital song sales, radio airplay, and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including MRC Data and Next Big Sound.
Previously announced performers include: P!NK, who will receive the distinguished ICON Award, and The Weeknd.
Fan-voted categories include Top Social Artist and Top Collaboration. Voting is open from May 10 at 9am PT to May 21 at 11:59pm PT on Twitter and billboard.com/bbmasvote. For more information, visit billbaordmusicawards.com/vote.
For more than 30 years, the BBMAs has celebrated music’s greatest achievements, honouring the hottest names in music today. Unique among music awards shows, finalists are determined by performance on the Billboard Charts. Since 1940, the Billboard Charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of artists, songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of success in music.
The annual live broadcast showcases spectacular performances, unexpected collaborations, buzzworthy pop culture moments that keep fans talking all year and the prestigious ICON Award, which honors record-breaking artists and their impact on music.
The “2021 Billboard Music Awards” is produced by dick clark productions. Barry Adelman and Robert Deaton are executive producers.
For the latest news on the Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) visit billboardmusicawards.com and www.billboard.com/bbma. For exclusive content and more, be sure to follow the BBMAs on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, YouTube) and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #BBMAs.
The “2021 Billboard Music Awards” is sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink, Security Benefit and Xfinity.
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