Thursday 26 April 2018

Billboard Music Awards 2018 nominations: Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar lead with 15 each

U2 receive four nominations

Kendrick Lamar (Alan D West/PA)
Kendrick Lamar (Alan D West/PA)
Ed Sheeran (Victoria Jones/PA)
Taylor Swift performs onstage during The 1989 World Tour Live In Los Angeles at Staples Center on August 21, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for TAS)
Taylor Swift (Isabel Infantes/PA)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran lead the 2018 Billboard Music Awards nominations with 15 nods each.

It's an amazing week for Lamar who is also celebrating today after winning the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his album DAMN.

Both Sheeran and Lamar are up for Top Artist, competing against Drake, Taylor Swift, and Bruno Mars, who has landed 14 nominations.

Rapper Post Malone is up for 12 awards, while rockers Imagine Dragons have landed 10 nods nods.

Other multiple nominees include Justin Bieber and Cardi B, who are tied with eight apiece, Despacito hitmakers Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, Swift, Chris Stapleton, and Linkin Park, who are still recovering from the death of their frontman Chester Bennington last year.

Among the top categories, Cardi B will face off with 21 Savage, Camila Cabello, Khalid and Kodak Black for Top New Artist, and she will also battle Camila Cabello, Halsey, Demi Lovato, and Swift for the Top Female Artist Prize.

Drake, Kendrick, Mars, Sheeran, and Post Malone are the nominees for Top Male Artist.

U2 have been nominated for Top Duo/Group, and Top Touring Artist, Top Rock Tour, and Top Rock Album for Songs of Experience.

Read more: Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer Prize for music for his album DAMN 

Bebe Rexha and Khalid unveiled the seven major categories on the 'Today' show on Tuesday, where they also announced each others' nominations.

Bebe, 28, is up for Top Country Song for her Florida Georgia Line, 'Meant to Be'.

She said: "I'm a New York city girl, I didn't think I was going to be nominated for a country award!"

Khalid will go against 21 Savage, Camila Cabello, Cardi B and Kodak Black to be crowned the winner of Top New Artist.

According to the publication, "Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social engagement, determined using data in a 12-month tracking period."

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards will air on NBC for the first time ever, broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 20.  Performers and presenters have yet to be revealed.

This year is a special year for the BBMA's as it marks 60 years of Billboard charts.

Further nominations will be announced as the categories are unveiled live on Billboard's Facebook page.

Full list of nominations:

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:

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:

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:

Beyonce

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:

J. 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

 

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

XXXTENTATION - 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 - Fenix

Christian Nodal - Me Deje Llevar

Ozuna - Odisea

Romeo Santos - Golden

Shakira - El Dorado

 

Top Dance/Electronic Album:

Avicii - AVICI (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

 

Top Hot 100 Song:

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber - Despacito

Kendrick Lamar - Humble.

Bruno Mars - That's What I Like

Post Malone featuring 21 Savage - Rockstar

Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You

 

Top Streaming Song (Audio):

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber - Despacito

Kendrick Lamar - Humble.

Lil Uzi Vert - XO Tour LLIF3

Post Malone featuring 21 Savage - Rockstar

Post Malone featuring Quavo - Congratulations

 

Top Streaming Song (Video):

Cardi B - Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring 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 featuring 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 featuring Young Thug - Havana

The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber - Despacito

French Montana featuring Swae Lee - Unforgettable

Post Malone featuring 21 Savage - Rockstar

 

Top R&B Song:

Childish Gambino - Redbone

DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts

Khalid - Young Dumb & Broke

Bruno Mars - That's What I Like

Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B - Finesse

 

Top Rap Song:

Cardi B - Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)

DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne - I'm The One

French Montana featuring Swae Lee - Unforgettable

Kendrick Lamar - Humble.

Post Malone featuring 21 Savage - Rockstar

 

Top Country Song:

Kane Brown featuring 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 featuring Kiiara - Heavy

Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still

The Revivalists - Wish I Knew You

 

Top Latin Song:

J Balvin & Willy William featuring Beyonce - Mi Gente

Becky G featuring Bad Bunny - Mayores

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber - Despacito

Maluma - Felices Los 4

Wisin featuring Ozuna - Escapate Conmigo

 

Top Dance/Electronic Song:

The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This

Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato - No Promises

Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Ann-Marie - Rockabye

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 featuring Tori Kelly - I'll Find You

MercyMe - Even If

Zach Williams - Old Church Choir

 

Top Gospel Song:

Anthony Brown & group therAPy - Trust In You

Travis Greene - You Waited

J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise - You Deserve It

Tamela Mann - Change Me

Charlie Wilson - I'm Blessed

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