2018 Billboard Music Awards: Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars dominate the list of nominees

Billboard Music Awards has announced a list of nominees with the big names of the music industry.

After many days of waiting, the list of nominees for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards has been officially announced, predicting a tense war in each genre of music. The list of nominees this year has once again witnessed the gender imbalance when male artists are dominating the most important categories.

Leading the list this year are Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars with 15 nominations each. All three singers are competing in the category of Top Artist, along with Drake (9 nominations), and Taylor Swift (5 nominations).

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The top three artists of 2018 Billboard Music Awards are Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars.

The emerging phenomena Post Malone win 12 nominations, followed by Imagine Dragons (10 nominations) and Cardi B (8 nominations). Despite not being officially active in the past year, with the hit “Despacito”, Justin Bieber also earns 8 nominations for himself. Also thanks to the hit, the famous pair Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee gains 7 nominations at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.

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Justin Bieber has 8 nominations with “Despacito”.

These artists are nominated based on their achievement on the Billboard music charts in the past year. According to Billboard, nominees are based on a variety of factors, from fan interaction, album and song sales, radio popularity, stream services, touring sales, and interactivity on the social network. This index was built up by music lovers and is tracked by Nielsen Music, Next Big Sound.

This year, The Voice judge Kelly Clarkson will take on the role of the host to lead the show. The singer even joked that she was preparing 20 costumes for the stage and scripting humorous conversations. "I will be flying in like my girl P!nk, and calling Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman for jokes. Well, or I'm just gonna show up and celebrate my favourite artists and get to know a few more. Yeah, maybe I'll go with that plan," said the artist.

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Kelly Clarkson will be the host this year.

BTS - the only representative of Asia continues to contribute in the list of nominees in the category of Top Social Artist. It has never been forgotten that this is the category that the Korean band was honored at the awards ceremony last year, marking an important step in the conquest of Big Hit’s boy band. This year, BTS continues to face other huge names like Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and Shawn Mendes.

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards will take place on May 20th. Here are the full list of nominees:

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

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, Fenix

Christian Nodal, Me Deje Llevar

Ozuna, Odisea

Romeo Santos, Golden

Shakira, El Dorado

 

Top Dance/Electronic Album:

Avicii, AVĨCI (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 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. Beyonce, “Mi Gente”

Becky G ft. Bad Bunny, ”Mayores”

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”

Maluma, “Felices Los 4”

Wisin ft. Ozuna, “Escapate Conmigo”

 

Top Dance/Electronic Song:

The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”

Cheat Codes ft. Demi Lovato, “No Promises”

Clean Bandit ft. 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 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”

Travis Greene, “You Waited”

J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, “You Deserve It”

Tamela Mann, “Change Me”

Charlie Wilson, “I’m Blessed”

 

By: Cole Guthrie

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