Details about the 2023 Billboard Music Awards

In a departure from tradition, the 2023 Billboard Music Awards is set to captivate audiences through a livestream experience on November 19, 2023, showcasing performances and celebrating winners from diverse locations worldwide.

Reflecting the evolving landscape of the music industry, the ceremony embraces the global impact of Afrobeat and K-pop genres. The expansion includes the introduction of two new categories for Afrobeat and four for K-pop, recognizing the genre’s profound influence on the contemporary music scene.

The BBMAs pays homage to the Afrobeats genre, exemplified by Wizkid’s historic win as the first-ever ‘Favorite Afrobeats Artist’ at the American Music Awards in November 2022. Additionally, Rema & Selena Gomez’s collaboration “Calm Down” marked a groundbreaking moment, securing the inaugural ‘Best Afrobeats’ award at the MTV Video Awards.

The 2023 Billboard Music Awards nominations feature the following categories for Afrobeats:

  1. Top Afrobeats Song (NEW)
    • Ayra Starr, “Rush”
    • Libianca, “People”
    • Oxlade, “KU LO SA”
    • Rema & Selena Gomez, “Calm Down”
    • Victony, Rema, & Tempoe ft. Don Toliver, “Soweto”
  2. Top Afrobeats Artist (NEW)
    • Burna Boy
    • Libianca
    • Rema
    • Tems
    • Wizkid

As anticipation builds for the awards night, attention is particularly focused on the inaugural Top Afrobeat Song and Top Afrobeat Artist awards. Notable contenders include previous Billboard Music Awards heavyweights Drake and Taylor Swift. Swift, having earned substantial revenues from her 2023 Eras tour, is expected to vie for the Top 100 Song award with her record-breaking hit “Anti-hero.”

Confirmed performers for the BBMAs include David Guetta, Peso Pluma, Bebe Rexha, and the debut performance of Korean girl group NewJeans.

To catch all the excitement, performances, and award presentations, tune in to the BBMAs via and across the BBMAs and Billboard social channels as the global celebration unfolds.

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