Held annually since 1990, with no awards given between 2006 and 2011, the Billboard Music Award is a coveted honor awarded by Billboard. The finalists for this award are based on album and song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring, and social engagement. These artists won a Billboard Music Award in their genre for 2017.
Billboard Music Awards: Winners 2017
Canadian Actor, Rapper/Singer
Awarded: Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Tour, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Rap Album, Top Streaming Song (Audio), Top R&B Song, Top R&B Collaboration
Known initially for his role as Jimmy Brooks on “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” Toronto-native Drake (born Aubrey Drake Graham) stepped out as a rapper and singer with pop appeal in 2006, when he initiated a series of mix tapes. A year later, despite being unsigned, he scored major exposure when his cocky and laid-back track “Replacement Girl,” featuring Trey Songz, was featured on BETs 106 & Park program as its Joint of the Day. He raised his profile throughout the next several months by popping up on countless mix tapes and remixes, and as rumors swirled about contract offers from labels, he gradually became one of the most talked-about artists in the industry.
American Singer, Songwriter, Actress, and Designer
Awarded: Top Female Artist, Top Touring Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Album, Top R&B Tour
A self-described “modern-day feminist,” Beyoncé’s songs are often characterized by themes of love, relationships and monogamy, as well as female sexuality and empowerment. On stage, her dynamic, highly choreographed performances have led to critics hailing her as one of the best entertainers in contemporary popular music. Throughout a career spanning 16 years, she has won 17 Grammy Awards and sold over 118 million records as a solo artist and 60 million with Destiny’s Child, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
Singer and Actress
Awarded: Icon Award
Cher is an American singer and actress. Recognized for having brought the sense of female autonomy and self-actualization into the entertainment industry, she is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in various areas of entertainment, as well as continuously reinventing both her music and image, which has led to her being nicknamed the Goddess of Pop.
Awarded: Top New Artist
Zayn Malik, known mononymously as ZAYN, is an English singer and songwriter. In 2010, Malik auditioned as a solo artist for the British reality television music competition The X Factor. After being eliminated as a solo performer, Malik was brought back into the competition, to form the boy band One Direction. In March 2015, Malik’s representative announced the singer’s departure from the band. Malik signed a solo recording contract with RCA Records in 2015, with his debut studio album Mind of Mine scheduled to be released on 25 March 2016.
5Twenty One Pilots
Awarded: Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented by Xfinity, Top Duo/Group, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Rock Artist, Top Rock Song
The duo that is Twenty One Pilots — Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun — has earned widespread applause for their energetic live sets and distinctive fusion of piano-driven schizoid pop and lyrical uplift. No strangers to the road, Twenty One Pilots has built a fervent national following via their electrifying live performances at innumerable headline shows and tours. The band made its Fueled By Ramen debut with a new EP titled “Three Songs” released Summer 2012 and was followed by a full-length album titled “Vessel,” which was released in 2013. Their third album, “Blurryface” was released in 2015.
Country Music Singer
Awarded: Top Country Artist
Born in Ada, Oklahoma, on June 18, 1976, Blake Shelton moved to Nashville when he was 17 to become a country music songwriter, and by 2001, he was a star in his own right with the No. 1 hit “Austin.” Success followed Shelton for the next several years, right onto the coaching/judging panel of TV’s “The Voice” in 2011. In 2013, Shelton released his eighth studio album, Based on a True Story…, and entered his fourth season as a coach on “The Voice.”
Awarded: Top Rap Song, Top Streaming Song (Video)
Bringing the strange, mumbly style of the Atlanta school up the East Coast, Brooklyn-based MC Desiigner landed a recording contract with Kanye West’s GOOD Music imprint in 2016. Sounding like a murky mix of Future and Young Thug, the rapper made his debut in 2014 under the name Dezolo, joining MCs Phresh and Rowdy on the single “Danny Devito.” Late the next year, he made his debut as Desiigner on the single “Panda.” Kanye West heard the cut, and sampled it for his album The Life of Pablo. He also signed the original song’s MC to his label, and re-released the track as a GOOD Music single, in early 2016. By April, it had climbed all the way to number one in the U.S.
Heavy Metal Rock Band
Awarded: Top Rock Album
In the Eighties — when big hair and small ideas dominated heavy metal — Metallica’s blend of brains and brawn gave the genre a much-needed charge. As their career wore on, the band’s lyrics took on war, censorship, and other political issues metal didn’t typically address, and the group sharpened their focus as songwriters, with singles like the horror-movie stomper “Enter Sandman” becoming huge rock anthems. Fans responded to in droves, buying six million copies of the group’s fifth full-length album, Metallica, and elevating their previous LPs to platinum.Metallica ended the decade as the biggest-selling rock act of the Nineties.
Actor and Musician
Awarded: Top Selling Song, Top Radio Song
Justin Timberlake may be the quintessential pop star of the new millennium, a star who jumped from platform to platform on his way to establishing himself as something bigger than a star: he was a self-sustained empire. Timberlake earned his superstardom as one of the frontmen for *NSYNC, the most popular boy band of the turn of the millennium. Justin stepped away from the band just as its popularity crested, releasing the sleek Justified in 2002, establishing him as a force outside the group, and he consolidated that success in 2006 with FutureSex/LoveSounds. After reaching this pop peak, he decided to pursue other ventures, choosing to concentrate on acting and entrepreneurship. In 2013, Timberlake returned to the charts with his album The 20/20 Experience.
Awarded: Top Collaboration, Top Dance/Electronic Song, Top Dance/Electronic Artist, Top Hot 100 Song
The Chainsmokers have become the hottest young American EDM DJ duo. Their live shows are becoming the most sought-after in EDM. Their wild antics, hilarious personalities, and addicting productions have fans interacting with them nonstop and running to see them live every chance they get. Their signature sound has its foundations in indie, progressive and pop music. On the production front, their original tracks have all reached the Beatport top charts, and their remixes always hit No. 1 on the HypeM charts. They’ve gotten immense support by friends such as Nicky Romero, Steve Aoki, Pete Tong, Afrojack, Tiesto, W&W, and more.
Country and Blues Singer/Songwriter
Awarded: Top Country Album
Renowned and respected in Nashville, Stapleton has co-written six No. 1 hits for some of country music’s biggest stars and has continually worked as an in-demand session musician, providing masterful backup vocals and guitar work to countless pieces of music. Released in May on Mercury Records Nashville, Traveller initially debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart with more than 27,000 albums sold, making it the best-selling first week by a debut country artist in 2015. The album also received immediate and extensive critical acclaim and landed him bookings on “Late Show with David Letterman,” “The View,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” among others.
12Florida Georgia Line
Country Music Duo
Awarded: Top Country Song
Florida Georgia Line is the country singer and songwriter duo of Tyler Hubbard (from Monroe, Georgia) and Brian Kelley (from Ormand Beach, Florida). “We really built a good foundation of friendship above all,” Tyler said, “and that’s what made it work. Everything we’ve done together–writing, music, singing–it’s come really easily and naturally. It was us doing it because we wanted to.” The pair broke into the scene in the spring of 2012 with the infectious summer single “Cruise,” a song that blended cruising country back roads and farm towns with ragged drums and layers of rock guitar, sounding a bit like a next-generation Brooks & Dunn.
Actress and Gospel Singer
Awarded: Top Gospel Album
Few entertainers today can match the unbridled energy and creative passion that Tamela Mann brings to her multi-faceted career. An acclaimed actress, NAACP Image Award and Grammy Award nominee and Stellar Award and Dove Award-winning vocalist, as well as wife and mother, Mann’s talent has helped anchor one of the industry’s most successful film, TV and theatrical franchises, while her amazing vocal gift is at the top of her impressive resume. “I want to present music that people can be blessed by and that can be healing,” she says about her record.
Country Music Artist
Awarded: Top Country Collaboration, Top Country Tour
Kenny Chesney is an American country music singer, songwriter and record producer. He has recorded 20 albums, 14 of which have been certified Gold or higher by the RIAA. He has also produced more than 40 top 10 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, 29 of which have reached number one on the charts. Most of these have also charted high within the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making him one of the few successful crossover country artists. He has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
Awarded: Top Gospel Song
At just five years old, Travis was given a passion for music by God after the sudden death of his father. In addition to playing several instruments, he also writes and produces multiple genres of music. By living in culturally diverse regions and experiencing various church denominations, Travis embraces his unique gift for adaptability. After signing with RCA Inspiration, Travis latest album, “The Hill” debuted at #1 on Gospel Billboard Charts. His single “Intentional” topped Gospel Charts for 16 weeks as #1. Travis has been nominated for a Grammy Award, 3 Stellar Awards, 3 Dove Awards & 2 Billboard Music Awards. He has also won the BET Gospel Next Artist Award.
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