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Billboard Explains: The Billboard Music Awards

The 2021 Billboard Music Awards promise to be a star-studded affair when they are broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 23 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC. Hosted by Nick Jonas, this year’s ceremony will include Drake receiving the Artist of the Decade Award, P!nk receiving the ICON Award, Trae Tha Truth receiving the Change Maker Award, and performances by (in alphabetical order by principal performer) AJR, Bad Bunny and Karol G, BTS, DJ Khaled featuring H.E.R. and Migos, Duran Duran, Glass Animals, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis with Sounds Of Blackness featuring Ann Nesby, Alicia Keys, P!nk, twenty one pilots and The Weeknd.

The Billboard Music Awards honor the hottest names in music with a golden mic, but what differentiates the BBMAs from other music award shows? And how are the finalists and winners selected?

In the latest episode of Billboard Explains, Billboard unpacks how the Billboard Music Awards honorees are chosen, and compares that process to that of other major music awards. Watch the full explainer ahead of the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, which are produced by dick clark productions, which is owned by MRC; MRC and Penske Media are co-parent companies of Billboard. Barry Adelman and Robert Deaton are executive producers.