Billboard Music Awards cheat sheet: You should predict Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, …

Looking for a handy cheat sheet before entering our contest to predict this weekend’s Billboard Music Awards for a chance to win $100 and a place of honor on our leaderboard? Then take a look at our racetrack odds below. The predicted winners are indicated in gold (be sure to click on each category title for an in-depth look at that race).

These official odds are based on a combination of three sets of forecasts at Gold Derby: Editors, the Top 24 Users (at last year’s awards) and All Users. Last year, Gold Derby’s Editors were right 75% of the time, while our Top 24 and All Users trailed with 50%.

Our Users are hoping to make a comeback this year, and you can help. If you think you know who will win this year’s Billboard Music Awards races, click here to make your predictions. Your picks will be pooled together to generate our official racetrack odds, and if you have this year’s best predictions, you’ll win a $100 Amazon gift card (if you qualify according to our contest rules).

Remember that coming out on top doesn’t just mean answering the week’s questions correctly. You also have to use your three big bets (one of 500 points and two of 200 points) strategically to score the most game points. If you bet on a long shot who pulls off an upset, you can really rack up the points. As we use those point totals to break ties when more than one user tops our leaderboard with the same number of correct predictions, don’t take them for granted.

Last year, our top User was Ryan Lapierre, who predicted 84% of the winners. Do you have that kind of special insight into this year’s contest? If so, there’s still time to make your predictions before Sunday’s live telecast. Click here to visit our predictions center, where you can enter your picks, or use the easy drag-and-drop menu at the bottom of this post to get started.

If you’re not yet registered, click here to do so.

You can sign up with an email account or log in with one click using Facebook, Twitter, or Google.

And meet our previous contest champs. You could join them on our leaderboard

Who REALLY deserves to win? Debate in our lively forums

TOP ARTIST
Taylor Swift – 1/5
Sam Smith – 15/2
Ariana Grande – 33/1
Katy Perry – 33/1
One Direction – 33/1

TOP NEW ARTIST
Sam Smith – 1/10
Iggy Azlea – 14/1
Meghan Trainor – 33/1
5 Seconds to Summer – 33/1
Hozier – 33/1

TOP FEMALE ARTIST
Taylor Swift – 1/10
Gina Tognoni, “The Young and the Restless” – 9/2
Maura West, “General Hospital” – 12/1
Laura Wright, “General Hospital” – 50/1
Peggy McCay, “Days of Our Lives” – 50/1

TOP MALE ARTIST
Sam Smith – 2/13
Ed Sheeran – 10/1
Pharrell Williams – 16/1
Justin Timberlake – 33/1
Drake – 33/1

TOP DUO OR GROUP
One Direction – 2/5
Maroon 5 – 10/3
5 Seconds to Summer – 33/1
Florida Georgia Line – 33/1
MAGIC – 100/1

TOP R&B ARTIST
John Legend – 9/4
Pharrell Wlliams – 14/5
Beyonce – 9/1
Chris Brown – 50/1
Trey Songz – 100/1

TOP RAP ARTIST
Iggy Azalea – 1/5
Drake – 8/1
Nicki Minaj – 20/1
J. Cole – 100/1
Rae Sremmurd – 100/1

TOP ROCK ARTIST
Fall Out Boy – 21/10
Hozier – 12/5
Lorde – 14/1
Coldplay – 25/1
Bastille – 33/1

TOP COUNTRY ARTIST
Luke Bryan – 2/13
Jason Aldean – 14/1
Blake Shelton – 20/1
Florida Georgia Line – 25/1
Brantley Gilbert – 100/1

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ALBUM
“1989,” Taylor Swift – 2/13
“In the Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith – 9/1
“X,” Ed Sheeran – 20/1
“V,” Maroon 5 – 33/1
“That’s Christmas to Me,” Pentatonix – 100/1

TOP HOT 100 SONG
“All About that Bass,” Meghan Trainor – 4/1
“Shake it Off,” Taylor Swift – 9/2
“Stay with Me,” Sam Smith – 13/2
“All of Me,” John Legend – 20/1
“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX – 25/1

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