Updated: Sep 7, 2021
Where were the women at the Billboard Music Awards? We all know how male dominated the music industry is and other awards shows such as the BRITS made an active decision to include more women. But sadly, the Billboard Music Awards didn’t seem to get the memo.
Out of 19 mixed gender categories only 2 women won. Quite disappointing when compared to the BRIT awards which saw multiple women breaking BRIT records with 85% of women claiming awards. The Weeknd swept away most of the awards with a solid 10 wins.
We had amazing live music from the likes of Alicia Keys, Doja Cat, SZA, Karol G and Pink.
Unsurprisingly, Taylor Swift came home with a couple of awards. One for top female artist and another for top Billboard 200 artist, each for the fourth time! Tay-Tay yet again broke her own records, as well as claiming the most wins in both of these categories EVER.
Lady Gaga won two awards! She achieved top dance/electronic artist and top dance/electronic album, the last time she won in those categories was in 2011 and 2012. We are beyond pleased for Gaga.
The legend that is P!nk won the icon award. This award recognises outstanding artists who have made a huge impact and have achieved excellence on the Billboard Charts. P!nk became the 10th artist to have ever won the icon award, alongside the likes of Prince, Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion. She became the 6th woman to win this incredible award.
Top Christian album was awarded to Carrie Underwood for My Gift. She received her 12th BBMA! Winning it for the first time for her debut album, Some Hearts, fifteen years ago.
Gabby Barett received three awards for top collaboration with her song I Hope featuring Charlie Puth, top country song and country female artist.
Karol G took home the title of best female latin artist, she was also nominated for top latin song for Caramelo, her collaboration with Ozuna and Myke Towers.
Next year we hope to see the Billboards featuring more female nominees and better yet, more female winners. It’s about time we start recognising women.