Drake to Receive Billboard’s Artist of the Decade Award at the 2021 BBMAs


The 34-year-old rapper Drake will receive the Artist of the Decade Award at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs), Billboard announced on Tuesday.

Billboard’s Artist of the Decade award is based upon the “activity on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and the Billboard 200 albums tally, as well as social media data and touring revenue from Billboard Boxscore, from Dec. 5, 2009, through Sept. 28, 2019,” per a press release from Billboard.

Drake, who is the most awarded artist in the show’s history — having collected 27 awards total — has scored eight No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and garnered an impressive nine No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, the latter being the most of any artist over the past decade.

Drake was ranked No. 1 based on performance on the Billboard “Hot 100” and the “Billboard 200” as well as through social-media data and touring revenue. The Canadian rapper scored nine No. 1’s, beginning with his 2010 debut, Thank Me Later, and most recently for 2019’s Care Package. His six “Hot 100” No. 1’s include “In My Feelings” and “Nice for What,” plus Rihanna’s “Work.” He also holds the record for most “Hot 100” top tens, at 45, and most overall entries, at 232. His win follows Eminem, who won for the 2000s, and Mariah Carey, who, of course, owned the ’90s.

Drake also sets the bar at the Billboard Music Awards, holding the title of most BBMAs, with 27 wins. Last year, he hauled home a massive 12 prizes. This year, he’ll receive the Artist of the Decade Award, on top of any wins from the seven categories he is a finalist in, including Top Artist. The 2021 Billboard Music Awards are hosted by Nick Jonas, airing live on Sunday, May 23, at 8 p.m. ET.

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