Doja Cat and SZA will perform “Kiss Me More” at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, which will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 23. It will be the world television debut of the song, which is holding at its No. 5 peak (so far) in its fifth week on the Billboard Hot 100. The two stars will perform the song from the Xfinity stage.
Both artists have had multiple top 10 hits on the Hot 100. Doja Cat reached No. 1 with “Say So” (featuring Nicki Minaj) and appeared on a remix of Ariana Grande’s “34 + 35” (along with Megan Thee Stallion). That smash peaked at No. 2.
SZA’s previous top 10 hits are “All the Stars” (with Kendrick Lamar, from the blockbuster film Black Panther), “Good Days” and Maroon 5’s “What Lovers Do” (on which she was featured).
Both artists are BBMA nominees this year. Doja Cat is nominated for five awards, this year’s third-highest total for a female artist (behind Gabby Barrett, with nine nods, and Megan Thee Stallion, with seven). SZA is nominated for one award this year – top R&B female artist, a category in which she won three years ago.
Both artists have had a top 10 album on the Billboard 200. SZA climbed as high as No. 3 with her first studio album, Ctrl. Doja Cat reached No. 9 with her sophomore album, Hot Pink.
Both artists have amassed multiple Grammy nominations, including, in both cases, nods for best new artist and record of the year (“All the Stars” for SZA; “Say So” for Doja Cat). SZA also received an Oscar nomination for co-writing “All the Stars.”
Xfinity also presents a special bonus performance by Noah Cyrus, available now on Xfinity’s YouTube channel (watch below). Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex customers can say “Billboard Music Awards” into the Voice Remote to watch Cyrus’ performance on TV, along with a new interview with the artist, and also take a look back at highlights from past BBMAs, listen to music from nominated artists and more.
This year’s BBMAs will have something for fans of all kinds of music.
Hosted by Nick Jonas, the show will include performances by (in alphabetical order by principal performer) AJR, Bad Bunny & 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.
In addition to performing, P!nk will receive the ICON Award. She is the youngest recipient of that award to date.
Drake will receive the Artist of the Decade Award. Trae Tha Truth will receive the Change Maker Award.
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. This year’s awards are based on the chart period of March 21, 2020, through April 3, 2021.
Fan-voted categories include top social artist and top collaboration. Voting opened on May 10 at 9 a.m. PT and closes on May 21 at 11:59 p.m. PT on Twitter and billboard.com/bbmasvote. For more information, visit billboardmusicawards.com/vote.
The 2021 Billboard Music Awards 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.
For the latest news on the Billboard Music Awards visit billboardmusicawards.com and www.billboard.com/bbma.
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.