Taylor Swift will win top honors at the Billboard Music Awards according to the combined predictions of our Editors, Top 24 Users (at last year’s awards) and All Users. She’s the most nominated artist this year with 14 bids, and of the 11 races we’re forecasting, she’s expected to take three: Top Artist, Top Female Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album for “1989.” She previously won Top Artist in 2013.
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The Billboard Music Awards determine their nominees and winners based on record sales, downloads and airplay, which may make Swift difficult to beat after she topped the charts with “1989” and its lead single “Shake it Off,” which contends for Top Hot 100 Single.
Newcomer Sam Smith follows with 13 nods, and he’s pegged to win two top prizes: Top New Artist and Top Male Artist. His breakthrough year included a hit album (“In the Lonely Hour,” up for Billboard 200 Album) and single (“Stay with Me,” which contends for Hot 100 Single). Before his Billboard bids, Smith also had a major windfall this past February at the Grammys, where he won four including Record of the Year and Best New Artist.
Iggy Azalea is next in line with 12 nominations, and our predictors pick her as the favorite for Top Rap Artist.
Recent Oscar-champ John Legend is up for seven awards and will take Best R&B Artist for the first time.
Fan-favorite boy band One Direction is nominated in four categories, including Top Artist, and they’re expected to prevail as Top Duo or Group for the second time, following their victory in that race in 2013.
Luke Bryan also contends for four awards, and we think he’s ahead for Top Country Artist, a category he also won last year.
Fall Out Boy will win one of their two bids: Top Rock Artist.
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