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Gabby Barrett, Morgan Wallen lead 2021 Billboard Music Award nominations

by Mallory Arbour
2021 Billboard Music Awards

For a second time, the Billboard Music Award nominations are once again dominated by country music. Following being crowned as ‘New Female Artist of the Year’ at ACM Awards earlier this month, newcomer Gabby Barrett leads in country music, having earned nine nominations this year.

In addition to her nominations in country-specific categories including ‘Top Country Female Artist’, ‘Top Country Artist’, ‘Top Country Song’ and ‘Top Country Album’ for Goldmine, she also earned all-genre nominations with a spot in ‘Top New Artist’. Her duet single I Hope featuring Charlie Puth is up for ‘Top Hot 100 Song’, ‘Top Selling Song’, ‘Top Radio Song’ and the fan-voted, ‘Top Collaboration.’

Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Taylor Swift and Morgan Wallen are also among the country artists nominated in all-genre or non-country specific 2021 Billboard Music Awards categories.

However, despite his six nominations, disgraced country artist Wallen will not participate.

According to a statement from the BBMAs, “Morgan Wallen is a finalist this year based on charting. As his recent conduct does not align with our core values, we will not be including him on the show in any capacity (performing, presenting, accepting). It is heartening and encouraging to hear that Morgan is taking steps in his anti-racist journey and starting to do some meaningful work. We plan to evaluate his progress and will consider his participation in future shows.”

Wallen is up for ‘Top Male Country Artist’, ‘Top Country Artist’, ‘Top Country Album’ and the all-genre ‘Top Song Sales Artist’ against Justin Bieber, BTS, Megan Thee Stallion and The Weekend. He is also a finalist twice in the ‘Top Country Song’ category for Chasin’ You and More Than My Hometown off his Dangerous: The Double Album, which spent 12 weeks at number one on the Top Country Albums chart and 10 weeks atop the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.

Other multiple country nominees include Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Dan + Shay, Luke Combs and Chris Stapleton. Sam Hunt, Jason Aldean, Lee Brice, Kane Brown, Maren Morris, Florida Georgia Line and Maddie & Tae each received a single nomination.

Check out the full rundown of country nominations, and which country artists are fighting for the genre in the all-genre categories at the bottom of the article.

The 2021 Billboard Music Awards are set to air Sunday, May 23rd.

Top Artist
Drake
Juice WRLD
Pop Smoke
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

Top New Artist
Gabby Barrett
Doja Cat
Jack Harlow
Pop Smoke
Rod Wave

Top Female Artist
Billie Eilish
Ariana Grande
Dua Lipa
Megan Thee Stallion
Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group
AC/DC
AJR
BTS
Dan + Shay
Maroon 5

Top Billboard 200 Artist
Drake
Juice WRLD
Pop Smoke
Post Malone
Taylor Swift

Top Song Sales Artist
Justin Bieber
BTS
Megan Thee Stallion
Morgan Wallen
The Weeknd

Top Country Artist
Gabby Barrett
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Chris Stapleton
Morgan Wallen

Top Country Male Artist
Luke Combs
Chris Stapleton
Morgan Wallen

Top Country Female Artist
Gabby Barrett
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood

Top Country Duo/Group
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

Top Christian Artist
Casting Crowns
Elevation Worship
for KING & COUNTRY
Carrie Underwood
Zach Williams

Top Billboard 200 Album
Juice WRLD, Legends Never Die
Lil Baby, My Turn
Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
Taylor Swift, folklore
The Weeknd, After Hours

Top Country Album
Gabby Barrett, Goldmine
Sam Hunt, Southside
Chris Stapleton, Starting Over
Carrie Underwood, My Gift
Morgan Wallen, Dangerous: The Double Album

Top Christian Album
Bethel Music, Peace
Elevation Worship, Grave Into Gardens
Carrie Underwood, My Gift
We The Kingdom, Holy Water
Zach Williams, Rescue Story

Top Hot 100 Song Presented by Rockstar
24kGoldn ft. iann dior, “Mood”
Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, “I Hope”
Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy”
DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “ROCKSTAR”
The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”

Top Selling Song
Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, “I Hope”
BTS, “Dynamite”
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP”
Megan Thee Stallion, “Savage”
The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”

Top Radio Song
Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, “I Hope”
Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy”
Dua Lipa, “Don’t Start Now”
Harry Styles, “Adore You”
The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”

Top Collaboration (Fan Voted)
24kGoldn ft. iann dior, “Mood”
Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth, “I Hope”
Chris Brown & Young Thug, “Go Crazy”
DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “ROCKSTAR”
Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne, “WHATS POPPIN”

Top Country Song
Jason Aldean, “Got What I Got”
Gabby Barrett, “I Hope”
Lee Brice, “One of Them Girls”
Morgan Wallen, “Chasin’ You”
Morgan Wallen, “More Than My Hometown”

Top Christian Song
Elevation Worship ft. Brandon Lake, “Graves Into Gardens”
for KING & COUNTRY, Kirk Franklin & Tori Kelly, “TOGETHER”
Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, & Elevation Worship, “The Blessing (Live)”
Tauren Wells ft. Jenn Johnson, “Famous For (I Believe)”
Zach Williams & Dolly Parton, “There Was Jesus”

See the full nomination list here.


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