Billboard Music Awards Facts

Billboard Music Awards Facts
The Billboard Music Awards are awards for outstanding chart performance, based on sales of songs and albums, radio airplay, streaming, and artists' social engagement. Stats are tracked through Billboard, Next Big Sound, and Neilson Music, and awards are given out in May each year. The Billboard Music Awards began being aired in 1989 and ran until 2006 when they went dormant. They began again in 2011. Billboard Music Awards are presented for top single, artist, and album in a variety of music genres. There are also several special awards given out to artists such as the Century Award and Icon Award.
Interesting Billboard Music Awards Facts:
The highest number of Billboard Music Awards have been awarded, in order from the most and descending, to Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Garth Brooks, Adele, Usher, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Drake, R. Kelly, Rihanna, Beyonce, etc...
The Billboard Music Awards were created by Jim Yukich, Paul Flattery, and Rick Garson.
The Billboard Music Awards were originally broadcast on Fox network, then on ABC, and recently a new contract has them set to be on ABC network for multi-years.
Some of the Billboard Music Award categories include Top Artist, Top New Artist, Top Duo/Group, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Touring Song, Top Streaming Artist, Top Radio Song, and Top Selling Song, etc...
Some of the retired Billboard Music Award categories include Top Alternative Artist, Top Digital Media Artist, Top Dance Album, Top New Song, and Top Pop Album, etc...
Artists that have received the Billboard Music Artist Achievement Award include Rod Stewart, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Garth Brooks, Aerosmith, Cher, Destiny's Child, and Kanye West.
The Millennium Award has been awarded to Beyonce, Whitney Houston, and Britney Spears.
The Billboard Music Icon Award has been awarded to Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher, Janet Jackson.
The Billboard Century Award has been awarded to George Harrison, Buddy Guy, Billy Joel, Joni Mitchell, Carlos Santana, Chet Atkins, James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Randy Newman, John Mellencamp, Annie Lennox, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, and Tony Bennett.
In 1997 a Billboard Music Award was given for all-time best selling single, to Elton John and Bernie Taupin, for the song Candle in the Wind 1997. This was rewritten from the original song to honor Princess Diana after she died in a car crash.
In 2002 a Billboard Music Award was given for the 1982 album Thriller by Michael Jackson. The album spent 37 weeks at No. 1 when it was released which was more than any other album in history.
The original premier song chart in the US was called The Billboard Hot 100. It began in 1958 on a page 2 editorial.
The first No. 1 song of the Hot 100 chart in 1958 was Poor Little Fool by Ricky Nelson.
Prior to 2011, the Billboard Music Awards aired in December. They switched to May in 2011 after having been dormant since 2006.
Billboard also has other award shows including the Billboard Touring Awards, Billboard Japan Music Awards, Billboard Latin Music Awards, and the Billboard Women in Music awards.

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