The Weeknd to perform at Billboard Music Awards following his 16 nominations

Nick Jonas is set to host the May 23 ceremony where Pink will be honoured with the Icon Award

The Weeknd will celebrate his whopping 16 nominations at the Billboard Music Awards with a performance at the show. AP
The Weeknd will celebrate his whopping 16 nominations at the Billboard Music Awards with a performance at the show. AP

The Weeknd will celebrate his whopping 16 nominations at the Billboard Music Awards with a performance at the show.

Dick Clark Productions announced that the pop star will hit the stage at the May 23 event. It will air live on NBC from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Weeknd’s nominations include top artist, top male artist, top R&B artist, top Billboard 200 album for After Hours and top Hot 100 song for Blinding Lights, the No 1 song of last year.

Last year, he slammed the Grammys as “corrupt” following his exclusion from all categories after nominations were announced in November.

Taking to Twitter, the Canadian singer-songwriter – real name Abel Tesfaye – who has amassed three Grammy Awards throughout his career, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for Earned It in 2016, wrote: “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency.”

Pink will also perform at the Billboard show, where she will receive the Icon Award. Nick Jonas will host.

Drake, the show’s most decorated winner of all-time, will compete with The Weeknd for top artist. Other nominees include Taylor Swift and deceased rappers Juice WRLD and Pop Smoke. Excluding Drake, all of the top artist nominees are up for top Billboard 200 album. Lil Baby rounds out the five nominees.

Songs battling The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights for top Hot 100 song include DaBaby and Roddy Ricch’s Rockstar, Chris Brown and Young Thug’s Go Crazy, Gabby Barrett and Charlie Puth’s I Hope and Mood by 24kGoldn and Iann Dior.

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Updated: May 12, 2021 02:19 PM

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