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Who Are the Top 5 BBMAs Winners of All Time?

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards will take place on May 22, 2016. There’s just over three months until the 2016 Billboard Music Awards!

The BBMAs were first held in 1989. The top winners of all time range from contemporary music acts to legends. Three of the top five winners won their first BBMAs in 1991, while one won hers just five years ago in 2011.

How are BBMAs finalists and winners decided? Well, they’re based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social interactions. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound.

The award names may have changed over the year, but the caliber of BBMAs recipients has remained the same. Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of songs and albums, and are one of the most-used measures of a musician’s success.

So, who are the musicians who have risen to the top of pack (and top of the charts)? Here’s everything you need to know about the top five BBMAs winners of all time.


Taylor Swift 

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Taylor Swift won her first BBMA in 2011. Taylor has won a total of 20 BBMAs, making her the top winner of all time. She’s won Top Billboard 200 Artist three times. Plus, she’s won Top Artist twice: 2013 and 2015.


Garth Brooks

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Garth Brooks won his first BBMA in 1991. He’s won a total of 19 BBMAs, making him the top-winning male artist of all time. In 1999, he was honored as the Male Artist of the Decade.



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Usher won his first BBMA in 1998. He’s won a total of 18 BBMAs. Plus, he’s won Artist of the Year twice: 1998 and 2004.


Whitney Houston 

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Whitney Houston won her first BBMA in 1991. She’s won a total of 16 BBMAs.  In 1993, she won 11 awards in one year. In 2012, she was honored with the Billboard Millennium Award.


Mariah Carey

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Mariah Carey won her first BBMA in 1991. She’s won a total of 14 BBMAs. In 1999, she was honored as the Female Artist of the Decade.

See the full list of Top 10 BBMAs winners.

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