Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran top 2018 Billboard Music Awards nominees

Newly minted Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar and singers Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran lead this year’s crop of Billboard Music Awards nominees, with nods in several of the top categories including artist, male artist and Hot 100 artist.

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Those three musicians tied, with 15 nominations apiece, and were trailed by Post Malone with 13, Imagine Dragons with 11, Drake with nine and Justin Bieber and Cardi B with eight each.

Billboard, NBC and Dick Clark Productions announced the artist, album and song nominees across 57 categories on Tuesday. Top artist nominees include Lamar, Mars, Sheeran, Drake and Taylor Swift; the top new artist nominees are 21 Savage, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Khalid and Kodak Black.

Soundtrack albums for the films “Black Panther,” “The Fate of the Furious,” “The Greatest Showman,” “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” and “Moana” were also nominated.

The Billboard Music Awards — unlike the critically minded, peer-voted Grammy Awards — are an indicator of artists’ popularity and reward chart performance. They are based on fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement that are tracked by Billboard and its data partners.

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards take place at the MGM Grand’s Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 20 and will be broadcast live on NBC.

Below are the nominees in a selection of top categories. Click here for the complete list.

Top artist

Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift

New artist

21 Savage
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Khalid
Kodak Black

Duo/group

The Chainsmokers
Coldplay
Imagine Dragons
Migos
U2

Streaming songs artist

Cardi B
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran

Song sales artist

Imagine Dragons
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran

Radio songs artist

Halsey
Imagine Dragons
Bruno Mars
Charlie Puth
Ed Sheeran

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”

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”

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”

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”

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” 

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