These kudos are based on radio play and record sales over the past year. Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons had the smash hit “Radioactive” while teenage New Zealander Lorde dominated with her song “Royals.”
Among the other top contenders announced Wednesday: Justin Timberlake reaped 11 bids for his two-part album “The 20/20 Experience,” pop star Katy Perry and hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis earn 10 nods each and one-time Disney star Miley Cyrus, who hasn’t enjoyed much awards success, picked up nine nominations.
These kudos introduced the Milestone Award last year to honor musical ingenuity and innovation as decided on by a popular vote. But the winner, Justin Bieber, was booed by those in attendance. Let’s hope that this year’s pick — chosen from Luke Bryan, Ellie Goulding, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, OneRepublic, and Carrie Underwood — receives a better reception.
The kudocast chock full of musical performances will air on ABC live from Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18.
The nominees in the top dozen categories are:
Top New Artist:
Top Female Artist:
Top Male Artist:
Top R&B Artist:
Top Rap Artist:
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Top Country Artist:
Florida Georgia Line
Top Rock Artist:
Fall Out Boy
Top Billboard 200 Album:
Luke Bryan, “Crash My Party”
Drake, “Nothing Was the Same”
Eminem, “The Marshall Mathers LP 2”
Justin Timberlake, “The 20/20 Experience”