The Billboard Music Awards honors some of the hottest names in music today. The 2017 Billboard Music Awards is set to return to ABC and will be broadcast live on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The show will showcase this year’s hottest musical acts, big performances and buzzworthy pop culture moments that will have everyone talking.
The 2016 Billboard Music Awards ranked as the No. 1 broadcast program on Sunday, May 22, 2016 and drew its 3rd-largest audience ever for the show on ABC with an average of 9.8 million viewers and a 3.2/10 in Adults 18-49. In addition, the 3-hour telecast was that day’s most social program with 1.8 million tweets.
The 2016 show was hosted by entertainment mogul Ludacris and Ciara, with performances from Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, DNCE, Fifth Harmony with Ty Dolla $ign, The Go-Go’s, Ariana Grande, Nick Jonas with Tove Lo, Demi Lovato, Madonna with Stevie Wonder, Shawn Mendes, P!nk, Rihanna, Troye Sivan, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton and Meghan Trainor. 2016 award recipients included Adele, Justin Bieber, Luke Bryan, Drake, Fetty Wap, One Direction, Taylor Swift, twenty one pilots and The Weeknd.
Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on a 12-month reporting period ending in March of 2017. Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of artists, songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of success in music.