BMI Writers Shine at 2016 Billboard Music Awards

Posted in News on June 1, 2016

BMI is proud to congratulate its victorious class of affiliates who took home the gold from the 2016 Billboard Music Awards on May 22. Among the evening’s multiple winners, Adele* swept the prized microphone statuettes for Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Selling Song for “Hello.” Rapper Wiz Khalifa snagged the awards for Top Hot 100 song and Top Rap Song for “See You Again,” featuring Charlie Puth. Versatile Ohio duo Twenty One Pilots took home the awards for Top Rock Artist and Top Rock Album, while contemporary gospel star Kirk Franklin won Top Gospel Artist, Top Gospel Album for Losing My Religion and Top Gospel Song for “Wanna Be Happy?”

Among the evening’s performance highlights, Rihanna gave a powerful rendition of “Love on the Brain” from her latest album, ANTI, Fifth Harmony delivered a rousing reading of “Work from Home” amidst a post-apocalyptic stage-set, and P!nk delivered a show-stopping performance of her new single, “Just Like Fire,” from the forthcoming Alice Through the Looking Glass that was a spectacle nothing short of suitably explosive.

Congratulations to all of BMI’s winners! Here’s the complete list:

Top Artist

Billboard Chart Achievement Award (Fan-Voted)

Top Billboard 200 Album
Adele*, 25

Top Country Song
Thomas Rhett, “Die A Happy Man”

Top Hot 100 Song
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”

Top Female Artist

Top Duo/Group
One Direction*

Top Billboard 200 Artist

Top Touring Artist
Taylor Swift

Top Country Artist
Luke Bryan

Top Rock Artist
twenty one pilots

Top Gospel Artist
Kirk Franklin

Top Rock Album
twenty one pilots, Blurryface

Top Gospel Album
Kirk Franklin, Losing My Religion

Top Selling Song
Adele*, “Hello”

Top Rap Song
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”

Top Dance/Electronic Song
Major Lazer** & DJ Snake** Featuring MØ, “Lean On”

Top Gospel Song
Kirk Franklin, “Wanna Be Happy?”

*Member of PRS; works licensed in the U.S. by BMI.
**Not affiliated with BMI.