Gabby Barrett Leads 2021 Billboard Music Award Nominations

Nominations for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards were announced on Thursday, April 29th and Gabby Barrett is the most nominated female artist with nine nods!  The new country star is up for Overall Top New Artist as well as Top Country Artist and Top Country Female Artist.  Her huge hit “I Hope” also received multiple nominations.

Carrie Underwood received her first nomination as Top Christian Artist following the release of her first gospel album.  She is also nominated for Top Country Female Artist.

Morgan Wallen earned six nominations but don’t expect to see him at the show. Dick Clark productions issued a statement saying:

“Morgan Wallen is a finalist this year based on charting. As his recent conduct does not align with our core values, we will not be including him on the show in any capacity (performing, presenting, accepting).

“It is heartening and encouraging to hear that Morgan is taking steps in his anti-racist journey and starting to do some meaningful work. We plan to evaluate his progress and will consider his participation in future shows.”

The 2021 Billboard Music Awards will air live on Sunday, May 23 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC.

Top New Artist

  • Gabby Barrett
  • Doja Cat
  • Jack Harlow
  • Pop Smoke
  • Rod Wave

Top Country Artist

  • Gabby Barrett
  • Kane Brown
  • Luke Combs
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Morgan Wallen

Top Country Male Artist

  • Luke Combs
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Morgan Wallen

Top Country Female Artist

  • Gabby Barrett
  • Maren Morris
  • Carrie Underwood

Top Country Duo/Group

  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae

Top Christian Artist

  • Casting Crowns
  • Elevation Worship
  • for KING & COUNTRY
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Zach Williams

Top Country Album

  • Gabby Barrett “Goldmine”
  • Sam Hunt “Southside”
  • Chris Stapleton “Starting Over”
  • Carrie Underwood “My Gift”
  • Morgan Wallen “Dangerous: The Double Album”

Top Christian Album

  • Bethel Music “Peace”
  • Elevation Worship “Grave Into Gardens”
  • Carrie Underwood “My Gift”
  • We The Kingdom “Holy Water”
  • Zach Williams “Rescue Story”

Top Radio Song

  • Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth “I Hope”
  • Chris Brown & Young Thug “Go Crazy”
  • Dua Lipa “Don’t Start Now”
  • Harry Styles “Adore You”
  • The Weeknd “Blinding Lights”

Top Country Song

  • Jason Aldean “Got What I Got”
  • Gabby Barrett “I Hope”
  • Lee Brice “One of Them Girls”
  • Morgan Wallen “Chasin’ You”
  • Morgan Wallen “More Than My Hometown”

Get the full list of nominees here.