The Billboard Music Awards has been acknowledging some of the best artists in the world since 1990. While the Grammys are voted on by a select group of people in the music industry, the Billboard Music Awards are strictly based on album/song sales and touring. There's a ton of awards up for grabs, including Top Touring Artist and Top New Artist. This year's installment will arrive on May 20, and it will be its first time appearing on NBC as part of a multi year deal. We searched throughout the award ceremonies' long history and unveiled five facts you probably didn't know.
1. Four year hiatus
Much like your favorite artist, the Billboard Music Awards decided to take a break, which lasted from 2007 to 2010. The reason behind this long hiatus involved its old network Fox. Since the beginning, the award show aired on the network. Due to expiring contracts, the ceremony was canceled for 2007. An attempt to revive it was made, but it remained dormant until 2011.
2. 21st century praise
In 2011, the Millennium Award was unveiled. This award is given to those that have been a major influence in the music industry. So far, only three people have been given this honor: Beyonce, Whitney Houston and Britney Spears. Fans might get this confused with the Icon Award, which was also announced in 2011.
3. The spotlight is on you
Pop singer Michael Jackson gained the first ever Billboard Music Award for Spotlight at the 1988 ceremony for having five number one singles from one album (1987's Bad). This award wasn't seen again until 2012 when Katy Parry won it for 2010's Teenage Dream.
4. The host with the most
Ludacris has hosted the Billboard Music Awards more than anyone with four consecutive hosting duties. The rapper landed the gig in 2014. Ludacris has won two Billboard Music Awards thanks to his friend Usher. In 2004, he won Top 100 Song award for "Yeah," and in 2005, he won Best Rap Song for "Lovers and Friends."
5. Gone but not forgotten
Just like every other long running award ceremony, some categories become retired over time. As of this writing, there are 27 retired categories. Some of the most forgotten categories involved EDM. In 2013, the award ceremony revealed categories for Top EDM Album, Top EDM Song and Top EDM Artist. The following year, those categories were merged with the existing Dance/Electronic categories.