Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, & Ed Sheeran Lead Billboard Music Awards Nominations

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards nominees are in. Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, and Bruno Mars lead the way with 15 noms apiece, while Post Malone (12), Drake (9), Justin Bieber (8), and Cardi B (8) nab major nods as well.

Pulitzer Prize winner K-Dot is facing off against Drake, Bruno, Sheeran, and Taylor Swift for the night’s biggest award, Top Artist. Lamar, Drizzy, Bruno, Post, and Sheeran are also up for Top Male Artist, while Camila Cabello, Cardi, Halsey, Demi Lovato, and Swift vie for Top Female Artist honors.

Competition is stiff in the Top Rap Artist category, which features Drake, Kendrick, Lil Uzi Vert, Migos, and Post Malone. Meanwhile, Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, and Bhad Bhabie duke it out for the Top Rap Female Artist trophy. JAY-Z, J. Cole, and K-Dot are also up for Top Rap Tour.

The competition continues with R&B. Chris Brown, Khalid, Bruno Mars, SZA, and The Weeknd are all up for Top R&B Artist, while Khalid, Bruno, and Abel battle it out for Top R&B Male, and Beyoncé faces Rihanna and SZA for Top R&B Female. Mars, Lionel Richie, and The Weeknd are all up for Top R&B Tour.

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards will air May 20 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

2018 Billboard Music Awards 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 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 Billboard 200 Album
Drake, More Life
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Post Malone, Stoney
Ed Sheeran, ÷
Taylor Swift, reputation

Top Selling Album
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
P!nk, Beautiful Trauma
Ed Sheeran, ÷
Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1
Taylor Swift, reputation

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 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 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”

 

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