Billboard Music Awards nominations: Lorde, Imagine Dragons lead with 12 each

Recent Grammy champs Lorde and Imagine Dragons lead all other artists at the upcoming Billboard Music Awards with 12 nominations apiece.

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.

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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. 

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The kudocast chock full of musical performances will air on ABC live from Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18.

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The nominees in the top dozen categories are:

Top Artist:
Miley Cyrus
Imagine Dragons
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
Justin Timberlake

Top New Artist:
Bastille
Capital Cities
Ariana Grande
Lorde
Passenger

Top Female Artist:
Beyonce
Miley Cyrus
Lorde
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Top Male Artist:
Luke Bryan
Drake
Eminem
Bruno Mars
Justin Timberlake

Top Duo/Group:
Florida Georgia Line
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
One Direction
OneRepublic

Top R&B Artist:
Beyonce
Rihanne
Robin Thicke
Justin Timberlake
Pharrell Williams

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Top Rap Artist:
Drake
Eminem
Jay-Z
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Pitbull

Top Country Artist:
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Darius Rucker
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Top Rock Artist:
Capital Cities
Fall Out Boy
Imagine Dragons
Lorde
Passenger

Milestone Award:
Luke Bryan
Ellie Goulding
Imagine Dragons
John Legend
OneRepublic
Carrie Underwood

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Beyonce, “Beyonce”
Luke Bryan, “Crash My Party”
Drake, “Nothing Was the Same”
Eminem, “The Marshall Mathers LP 2”
Justin Timberlake, “The 20/20 Experience”

Top Hot 100 Song:
Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”
Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive
Lorde, “Royals
Katy Perry, “Roar”
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams, “Blurred Lines”

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