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2018 Billboard Music Awards Nominations Announced (Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, & Khalid Named)

Published: Tuesday 17th Apr 2018 by Sam

It’s that time of year!

The Billboard Music Awards are back for its 2018 instalment and today the much anticipated nominees were revealed.

Two of the names featured on the coveted list, Khalid and Bebe Rexha, were on-hand for the partial announcement this morning on the TODAY Show.

In the time since, the full list of finalists for the May 20th ceremony (which airs live on new network NBC from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas) has surfaced.

See who’s up for what after the jump…

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, 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”

Per the company, these are the variables factored in to the nominations:

Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of tracking dates March 2017 through March 2018 and Billboard chart dates April 2018 through April 2018.

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  1. truthtea April 17, 2018

    Tell me why Beyonce is nominated as a Top Artist and she don’t even have an album out or even new music and her tour hasn’t even begun? This is just more proof you can buy your noms and awards!

    • Guest April 17, 2018

      Learn how to read. Beyoncé is not nominated for top artist. She’s nominated for r&b female with Rihanna who doesnt have an album out either??

    • Darius C April 17, 2018

      Exactly very sad

    • Stella April 17, 2018

      Even if she was dumbass , she had a #1 a #3 and a #14 or something 😉 in the past year

  2. Guest April 17, 2018

    Why Is Despacito still be nominated for stuff. Beyonce and Rihanna have tons of awards. (Congrats to them tho of course) But I want Demi to win something. Her album was good and she got no acknowledgement for it.

  3. Datredd23 April 17, 2018

    Of course you leave Rihs name out of the mentions and she scored 2 noms smh

    • King z April 17, 2018

      several ppl name left out not just rih

  4. pat April 17, 2018

    Slay cardi and congrats on beating bey’s record

  5. I HATE .WHYyyyte n Blaaaxk. Bitchezzzzz April 17, 2018

    Bruno Mars needs to pay the people he stole from his record company is Shady we know we heard it before

  6. You already know April 17, 2018

    Well since you refuse to post about another record Cardi broke this week, I will. I’m sure we all know why you didn’t posted…Biased much eh?

    Cardi B Bests Beyonce for the Most Simultaneous Hot 100 Hits Among Women

    4/16/2018 by Gary Trust

    As Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy” launches atop the Billboard 200, the rapper boasts 13 songs on the Hot 100.

    As Cardi B’s debut full-length Invasion of Privacy blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (dated April 21), the rapper makes history on the Billboard Hot 100. On the latter list, she charts 13 entries, passing Beyoncé for the most simultaneous titles on the ranking by a solo female.

    Beyoncé boasted 12 tracks on the Hot 100 dated May 14, 2016, the week that her album Lemonade launched at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (with all the set’s songs on the Hot 100 that week).

    Cardi B
    Read More
    Cardi B’s ‘Invasion of Privacy’ Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    Here is a look at Cardi B’s 13 songs on the Hot 100 dated April 21:

    No. 8, “I Like It” (Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin) (debut)
    No. 10, “Finesse” (Bruno Mars & Cardi B)
    No. 11, “Be Careful”
    No. 21, “Drip” (feat. Migos) (debut)
    No. 23, “I Do” (feat. SZA) (debut)
    No. 28, “Ring” (feat. Kehlani) (debut)
    No. 32, “Bartier Cardi” (feat. 21 Savage)
    No. 38, “Get Up 10” (debut)
    No. 39, “Best Life” (feat. Chance The Rapper) (debut)
    No. 43, “Bickenhead” (debut)
    No. 50, “Thru Your Phone” (debut)
    No. 57, “She Bad” (Cardi B & YG) (debut)
    No. 58, “Money Bag” (debut)

    Cardi B’s total on the latest Hot 100 includes 12 of the 13 songs on Invasion of Privacy. Still, the one song missing made for her breakthrough: “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” (the fourth track on the set) spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 beginning Oct. 7, 2017, and departed after its 35th week on the chart (dated March 10).

    • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine🙋🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️ April 17, 2018

      That’s a trash record to break, you can literally chart with your whole album now because of the poor industry state. Ur bragging about that? Lol that’s not an accolade honey, that’s tragedy

    • Hmmm… April 17, 2018

      Girl nobody told you the charts died years ago. You don’t even have to sell to chart. I didn’t like Ariana’s album that much but I will never forget when she was selling more than Drake’s views but he was at number 1 and she was at number 2. It’s an absolute joke. Beyoncé’s singles weren’t charting because of streaming, they were being purchased 1.29 individually. Same thing goes for certifications. Issa joke. The only thing honest is pure sales.

    • Darius C April 17, 2018

      Thank u grape juice are silent haters

    • Stella April 17, 2018

      Lmao, Welp considering the whole album is on youtube for free….

    • Arden April 17, 2018

      FINALLY YESSSSSSSSS Cardi B. You GO MAMA and thank you for putting this up cause this site is getting stupid I could get faster news off an Instagram post smh . It funny how people comment about how charts have died BUT if it was your fav you would be all in these comments. DON’T be upset she positioned herself well worked hard an makes rhe right moves and stays out of the wack drama let her shine I am so proud of you cardi keep winning thanks gary trust

      • Yeah I said it… April 17, 2018

        Exactly! Lol, now they are mad! 😂😂😂

  7. Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine🙋🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️ April 17, 2018

    WHERE IS SHANIQUA?!!!!

  8. Parker April 17, 2018

    I love Rihanna she is the queen I’m sitting here wondering like why is Rihanna and Beyonce nominated they haven’t put out anything and then I realized they are the two top females in the game so it would only make sense even if they only put out a single or 2 for them to be nominated and I’m so happy for cardi B I hope she win every award

    • Bam April 17, 2018

      It’s sad that they are nominated with little to nothing out it shows the state of female r&b.

  9. No One Watches ANYWAY April 17, 2018

    damn, the industry keeps comin for Sza.

  10. AnonymousTruth April 17, 2018

    I damn near forgot Cardi & Nicki are gonna start being nominated against one another . The fan war is among us 🙈 all hell bout to break loose . BET awards aswell .. damnnnn, and I have a feeling Cardi B will win everything .. and this is coming from a Nicki Fan. I do like both anyhow. And omg if Cardi gets a Grammy before Nicki . award season bout to be interesting.

  11. Miss J April 17, 2018

    Cardi B for my money! Bag all dem awards mami! I hope they give you all 7!

    • Yeah I said it… April 17, 2018

      She’s nominated for 8.

      • Daniel Johnson May 8, 2018

        I’m dead

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