Billboard Music Awards: Do Award Shows Matter Anymore?

The Billboard Music Awards premiered this past Sunday on May 17th. Artists including Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, John Legend, Florida Georgia Line and more walked away with awards. Tori Kelly, Mariah Carey, Fall Out Boy, and countless others the stage. Hosts Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen led the festivities and looked fabulous at the same time. The red carpet was on fire and everyone was in for an exciting night. With that being said, do award shows really matter anymore? Let’s think about this a little bit…

Musicians work their butts off to make the best music they can. They pour their hearts and souls into everything they do, so they can tickle eardrums all over the world. Winning an award for “Best Album” must feel great! Just imagine being up against the best of the best, and walking away knowing you were on top! These awards have got to matter to these musicians. In addition to winning, just being nominated in a category with four or five other talented musicians is an honorable feat. Knowing you made it into the top five is huge accomplishment.


Photo by Disney| ABC Television Group via Flickr. 

Fans are a different story. Sure, fans tune into award shows, but what are they watching for? Are they really interested in who gets to walk away with a little trophy, or are they more interested in the show-stopping performances? Award shows have been put together to be like a live broadcasted concert. Who wouldn’t want to watch all of the most popular musicians perform their most popular songs at the same place! Sure, everyone wants their favorite musician to walk away with an award, but for most fans, watching award shows is more about the entertainment aspect.

Fans might care more about award shows if they had more say in the decision of who wins. The Billboard Music Awards are based on sales, number of downloads and airplay. Sure, that has a lot to do with fans purchasing, downloading and requesting songs on the radio, but, what if there were more categories that were clearly fan-based (instead of just one). For example, maybe taking a poll of the audience about what song had the most memorable lyrics, or which song constantly gets stuck in your head while you’re driving to work. What if the audience was polled on who they THOUGHT would win a certain award, and somehow got credit for every correct guess. This might really cause fans to get involved with the awards–which is the main reason for the broadcast.


Photo by Disney | ABC Television Group via Flickr.

It is important for fans to purchase the music of their favorite musicians. Downloading illegally could really hurt their chances in receiving awards.. and who wants to see their favorite singers sad? Come together and support music fully. Remember that your favorite artists work to impress you, so the least you can do is support them on their journey!

Congratulations to all of the award winners the other night, and to everyone who was nominated! All of your fans are so proud of you! You can find the full list of all the winners here.

Did you watch the Billboard Music Awards? What was your favorite part? Let us know in the comments below!

Featured Image by Disney | ABC Television Group via Flickr.


  1. Lauren S

    May 19, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    I like your ideas to incorporate the fans more, but I don’t know how much the artists truly care about the awards. It’s definitely an honor to be nominated, but I feel more artists have been speaking out lately about how the awards themselves don’t mean much to them.

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