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Billboard Music Awards Nominations Revealed; Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar Lead The Way

The superstar artists each received fifteen nominations.

Ed Sheeran | Mark Surridge/Atlantic

The Billboard Music Awards nominations are largely based on commercial and fan interaction data, as indicated by Billboard’s portfolio of charts.

It should therefore come as no surprise that Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar — three acts that dominated this year’s charts — fared well in Tuesday’s nominations announcement.

Each artist received a whopping 15 nominations; they tie as this year’s most nominated acts.

Other top nominees include Post Malone (13), Imagine Dragons (11), Drake (9), Justin Bieber (8) and Cardi B (8).

The full list of nominees follows; the ceremony takes place on May 20.

Top Artist:

  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Bruno Mars
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Taylor Swift

Top New Artist:

  • 21 Savage
  • Camila Cabello
  • Cardi B
  • Khalid
  • Kodak Black

Billboard Chart Achievement Award (Voting details to be released in the coming weeks):

  • Camila Cabello
  • Cardi B
  • Drake
  • Sam Hunt
  • Ed Sheeran

Top Male Artist:

  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Bruno Mars
  • Post Malone
  • Ed Sheeran

Top Female Artist:

  • Camila Cabello
  • Cardi B
  • Halsey
  • Demi Lovato
  • Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group:

  • The Chainsmokers
  • Coldplay
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Migos
  • U2

Top Billboard 200 Artist:

  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist:

  • Imagine Dragons
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Bruno Mars
  • Post Malone
  • Ed Sheeran

Top Streaming Songs Artist:

  • Cardi B
  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Post Malone
  • Ed Sheeran

Top Song Sales Artist:

  • Imagine Dragons
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Bruno Mars
  • Post Malone
  • Ed Sheeran

Top Radio Songs Artist:

  • Halsey
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Bruno Mars
  • Charlie Puth
  • Ed Sheeran

Top Social Artist (Voting details to be released in the coming weeks):

  • Justin Bieber
  • BTS
  • Ariana Grande
  • Demi Lovato
  • Shawn Mendes

Top Touring Artist:

  • Coldplay
  • Guns N’ Roses
  • Bruno Mars
  • Ed Sheeran
  • U2

Top R&B Artist:

  • Chris Brown
  • Khalid
  • Bruno Mars
  • SZA
  • The Weeknd

Top R&B Male Artist:

  • Khalid
  • Bruno Mars
  • The Weeknd

Top R&B Female Artist:

  • Beyoncé
  • Rihanna
  • SZA

Top R&B Tour:

  • Bruno Mars
  • Lionel Richie
  • The Weeknd

Top Rap Artist:

  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Lil Uzi Vert
  • Migos
  • Post Malone

Top Rap Male Artist:

  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Post Malone

Top Rap Female Artist:

  • Bhad Bhabie
  • Cardi B
  • Nicki Minaj

Top Rap Tour:

  • Cole
  • JAY-Z
  • Kendrick Lamar

Top Country Artist:

  • Kane Brown
  • Luke Combs
  • Sam Hunt
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton

Top Country Male Artist:

  • Sam Hunt
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton

Top Country Female Artist:

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Maren Morris

Top Country Duo/Group Artist:

  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Old Dominion
  • Zac Brown Band

Top Country Tour:

  • Luke Bryan
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Top Rock Artist:

  • Imagine Dragons
  • Linkin Park
  • Portugal. The Man
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  • twenty one pilots

Top Rock Tour:

  • Coldplay
  • Guns N’ Roses
  • U2

Top Latin Artist:

  • J Balvin
  • Daddy Yankee
  • Luis Fonsi
  • Ozuna
  • Romeo Santos

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:

  • The Chainsmokers
  • Calvin Harris
  • Kygo
  • Marshmello
  • ODESZA

Top Christian Artist:

  • Elevation Worship
  • Hillsong UNITED
  • Hillsong Worship
  • MercyMe
  • Zach Williams

Top Gospel Artist:

  • Anthony Brown & group therAPy
  • Travis Greene
  • J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise
  • Tasha Cobbs Leonard
  • Tamela Mann

ALBUM AWARDS

Top Billboard 200 Album:

  • Drake “More Life”
  • Kendrick Lamar “DAMN.”
  • Post Malone “Stoney”
  • Ed Sheeran “÷ (Divide)”
  • Taylor Swift “reputation”

Top Selling Album:

  • Kendrick Lamar “DAMN.”
  • P!nk “Beautiful Trauma”
  • Ed Sheeran “÷ (Divide)”
  • Chris Stapleton “From A Room: Volume 1”
  • Taylor Swift “reputation”

Top Soundtrack:

  • “Black Panther”
  • “The Fate of the Furious: The Album”
  • “The Greatest Showman”
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2”
  • “Moana”

Top R&B Album:

  • Khalid “American Teen”
  • Bruno Mars “24K Magic”
  • SZA “Ctrl”
  • The Weeknd “Starboy”
  • XXXTENTACION “17”

Top Rap Album:

  • Drake “More Life”
  • Kendrick Lamar “DAMN.”
  • Lil Uzi Vert “Luv Is Rage 2”
  • Migos “Culture”
  • Post Malone “Stoney”

Top Country Album:

  • Kane Brown “Kane Brown”
  • Luke Combs “This One’s For You”
  • Thomas Rhett “Life Changes”
  • Chris Stapleton “From A Room: Volume 1”
  • Brett Young “Brett Young”

Top Rock Album:

  • Imagine Dragons “Evolve”
  • Linkin Park “One More Light”
  • Panic! At The Disco “Death Of A Bachelor”
  • Portugal. The Man “Woodstock”
  • U2 “Songs of Experience”

Top Latin Album:

  • Nicky Jam “Fénix”
  • Christian Nodal “Me Dejé Llevar”
  • Ozuna “Odisea”
  • Romeo Santos “Golden”
  • Shakira “El Dorado”

Top Dance/Electronic Album:

  • Avicii “AVĪCI (01)”
  • The Chainsmokers “Memories…Do Not Open”
  • Calvin Harris “Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1”
  • Kygo “Stargazing”
  • ODESZA “A Moment Apart”

Top Christian Album:

  • Elevation Worship “There Is A Cloud”
  • Hillsong UNITED “Wonder”
  • Hillsong Worship “Let There Be Light”
  • Alan Jackson “Precious Memories Collection”
  • MercyMe “Lifer”

Top Gospel Album:

  • Anthony Brown & group therAPy “A Long Way From Sunday”
  • Travis Greene “Crossover: Live From Music City”
  • J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise “You Deserve It”
  • Tasha Cobbs Leonard “Heart. Passion. Pursuit.”
  • Marvin Sapp “Close”

SONG AWARDS

Top Hot 100 Song:

  • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito”
  • Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE.”
  • Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like”
  • Post Malone ft. 21 Savage “Rockstar”
  • Ed Sheeran “Shape Of You”

Top Streaming Song (Audio):

  • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito”
  • Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE.”
  • Lil Uzi Vert “XO TOUR Llif3”
  • Post Malone ft. 21 Savage “Rockstar”
  • Post Malone ft. Quavo “Congratulations”

Top Streaming Song (Video):

  • Cardi B “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
  • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito”
  • Lil Pump “Gucci Gang”
  • Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like”
  • Ed Sheeran “Shape of You”

Top Selling Song:

  • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito”
  • Sam Hunt “Body Like A Back Road”
  • Imagine Dragons “Believer”
  • Imagine Dragons “Thunder”
  • Ed Sheeran “Perfect”

Top Radio Song:

  • The Chainsmokers & Coldplay “Something Just Like This”
  • Imagine Dragons “Believer”
  • Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like”
  • Charlie Puth “Attention”
  • Ed Sheeran “Shape of You”

Top Collaboration:

  • Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug “Havana”
  • The Chainsmokers & Coldplay “Something Just Like This”
  • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito”
  • French Montana ft. Swae Lee “Unforgettable”
  • Post Malone ft. 21 Savage “Rockstar”

Top R&B Song:

  • Childish Gambino “Redbone”
  • DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller “Wild Thoughts”
  • Khalid “Young Dumb & Broke”
  • Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like”
  • Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B “Finesse”

Top Rap Song:

  • Cardi B “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
  • DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne “I’m the One”
  • French Montana ft. Swae Lee “Unforgettable”
  • Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE.”
  • Post Malone ft. 21 Savage “Rockstar”

Top Country Song:

  • Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina “What Ifs”
  • Sam Hunt “Body Like A Back Road”
  • Dustin Lynch “Small Town Boy”
  • Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant To Be”
  • Brett Young “In Case You Didn’t Know”

Top Rock Song:

  • Imagine Dragons “Believer”
  • Imagine Dragons “Thunder”
  • Linkin Park ft. Kiiara “Heavy”
  • Portugal. The Man “Feel It Still”
  • The Revivalists “Wish I Knew You”

Top Latin Song:

  • J Balvin & Willy William ft. Beyoncé “Mi Gente”
  • Becky G ft. Bad Bunny “Mayores”
  • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito”
  • Maluma “Felices Los 4”
  • Wisin ft. Ozuna “Escápate Conmigo”

Top Dance/Electronic Song:

  • The Chainsmokers & Coldplay “Something Just Like This”
  • Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie “Rockabye”
  • Cheat Codes ft. Demi Lovato “No Promises”
  • Kygo & Selena Gomez “It Ain’t Me”
  • Zedd & Alessia Cara “Stay”

Top Christian Song:

  • Elevation Worship “O Come To The Altar”
  • Hillsong Worship “What A Beautiful Name”
  • Lecrae ft. Tori Kelly “I’ll Find You”
  • MercyMe “Even If”
  • Zach Williams “Old Church Choir”

Top Gospel Song:

  • Anthony Brown & group therAPy “Trust In You”
  • J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise “You Deserve It”
  • Travis Greene “You Waited”
  • Tamela Mann “Change Me”
  • Charlie Wilson “I’m Blessed”

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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