News Nuggets: Taylor Swift leads with 14 Billboard Music Awards nominations

Taylor Swift leads all nominees for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. She and her album “1989” pick up 14 nominations, just ahead of Sam Smith (13), Iggy Azalea (12), and Meghan Trainor (9). In addition to Swift and Smith, nominees for Artist of the Year are Ariana Grande, One Direction, and Katy Perry. Final nominees are based on a combination of album sales, digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring, and social media interactions. The ABC ceremony will be hosted by Ludacris on May 17. Billboard

Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel are among the top nominees for the 19th annual Webby Awards. Other notables up for awards this year are Kevin Bacon, Zach Galifianakis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kevin Hart, Key and Peele, Nick Offerman, John Oliver, and Jerry Seinfeld. Winners will be announced in New York on May 18. The Wrap

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In an annual tradition, you can now vote in the “Save Our Shows” poll. Are the following programs really on the chopping block: “Agent Carter,” “Bones,” “Backstrom,” “Galavant,” “Nashville,” “Person of Interest,” “Revenge,” “The Mindy Project,” and “The Odd Couple“? USA Today

Executive producer Brian Grazer confirms in a new interview that more “Arrested Development” is on the way. In a video chat with Bill Simmons, he says that 17 more episodes will be produced for Netflix. Company officials have not commented, but CCO Ted Sarandos had previously indicated they would like for a fifth season to happen. Huffington Post

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Billy Crystal is out promoting his new FX series “The Comedians,” which debuts this Thursday night. He says, “Some of the great treasures in your life, you find when you’re not looking for something.” Crystal stars as himself, a veteran comic forced to pair with a younger comedian (Josh Gad), on a variety series. Variety

The Paul Weitz comedy “Grandma” will be the opening night film at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival. The movie had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and was quickly purchased by Sony Pictures Classics. An awards push is expected for past Oscar nominee Lily Tomlin, and other cast members include Marcia Gay Harden, Julia Garner, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, and Sam Elliott. The festival takes place in early June. Deadline

Actor James Best dies in North Carolina on Tuesday at age 88. He was best known as the bumbling sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on the long-running CBS show “The Dukes of Hazzard.” He made many guest appearances on TV, including “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Bonanza,” “Gunsmoke,” and “The Twilight Zone.” CNN

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