The nominations for this year’s Billboard Music Awards have been announced. Rihanna reigns supreme as she takes the lead as a finalist in 18 award categories including Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Female Artist, Top R&B Artist and Top Dance/Electronic Artist. The Caribbean songstress is closely followed by “Love the Way You Lie” collaborator Eminem, who is nominated in 16 award categories like Top Artist, Top Male Artist and Top Rap Artist. Next in line is pop icon Lady Gaga, who is a finalist in 12 categories, with three releases (“The Fame,” “The Fame Monster” and “The Remix.”) competing for Top Dance/Electronic Album.
The winners will be announced at the Billboard Music Awards show airing on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 22 at 8-11 p.m. ET/PT. Here is a little description on how the categories are measured.
The 46 award categories are based on measures provided by Billboard’s data partners including sales data shared by Nielsen SoundScan, radio airplay monitored by Nielsen BDS, streaming data measured by Tubemogul and Nielsen BDS, social media consumption gauged by Next Big Sound and tour grosses tracked by Billboard Boxscore.
See the full list of the finalists here.