pink to receive the icon award at the 2021 billboard music awards.

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by Helvine Achieng May 7, 2021

American singer and songwriter Pink feels "humbled and blessed" to have been chosen to follow in the footsteps of stars like Neil Diamond, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, the late Prince, and Mariah Carey to be only the 10th artist to receive the accolade and, at 41, she will be the youngest winner to date.

In a statement, Pink stated,

 "As a little girl, I always dreamed about being a singer and sharing my love of music with the world.

"Years later, to receive the Billboard Music Awards Icon Award is hard to fathom! I feel so honoured to join the ranks of music idols like Cher, Garth Brooks, Janet Jackson and Stevie Wonder. It's a true 'pinch me' moment and I feel humbled and blessed."

Pink will perform at the awards, which take place at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater on May 23, marking her first musical appearance at the event in five years.

The Icon Award "recognizes outstanding artists who have achieved excellence on the Billboard charts and have made an indelible mark on music itself."

Nick Jonas will host this year's ceremony, while The Weeknd leads the nominations with an impressive 16 nods, followed by DaBaby with 11, Pop Smoke with 10 and Gabby Barrett with nine.

The shortlisted artists and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners over the chart period of March 21, 2020, to April 3, 2021.