Duran Duran are the latest star attraction set to perform on the 2021 Billboard Music Awards. This will be the first BBMAs performance by the veteran British band. They will perform a new song remotely from London and will be joined by Blur’s Graham Coxon.
The performance will mark the band’s 40th anniversary. Duran Duran made its Billboard chart debut in April 1981 with “Planet Earth”/“Girls on Film,” a double-sided hit on the Dance Club Songs chart.
Duran Duran has had two No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100: “The Reflex” and “A View to a Kill,” which was the first (and still the only) song from a James Bond film to reach the top spot on that chart. On the Billboard 200, the band has had six top 10 albums, spanning more than 30 years.
BTS and The Weeknd have already been announced as performers on this year’s BBMAs. Drake will receive the Artist of the Decade Award. P!nk will perform and receive the Icon Award. She is the youngest recipient of that award to date.
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 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 is open from May 10 at 9 a.m. PT to May 21 at 11:59 p.m. PT on Twitter and billboard.com/bbmasvote. For more information, visit billboardmusicawards.com/vote.
The 2021 BBMAs 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 of the show.