Rihanna landed a jaw-dropping 18 nominations for the Billboard Music Awards, including including top artist, top female artist, top Hot 100 artist, top R&B artist and top dance/electronic artist. Her duet with Eminem, "Love the Way You Lie," reaped a half dozen bids. That boosted Eminem's total to 16 nominations, including top artist, top male artist, top Billboard 200 artist and top rap artist.
Another chart-topper, Lady Gaga, racked up a dozen nominations, including three for top dance/electronic album ("The Fame," "The Fame Monster" and her remix EP). Both Katy Perry and Shakira scored a triple play in the pop and latin song races respectively.
Two of the new artist nominees -- Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars -- each earned 11 nominations. Ke$ha, Nicki Minaj and Taio Cruz are also in contention for the best rookie prize.
While the Grammy Awards honor the best musical numbers, the Billboard Awards salute music with the best-selling numbers. Billboard is the preeminent publication covering the music business, charting sales across a variety of genres. Covering the year ending March 1, these kudos across 46 categories will be awarded based on the overall impact of performers. Among the criteria for determining the winners will be: chart standings, radio airplay, streaming, social media, and tour grosses.
These awards aired on Fox from 1989 to 2006. Relaunching this year on ABC, the May 22 Las Vegas ceremony has lined up Rihanna, the Black Eyed Peas, Taio Cruz, Lady Antebellum, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban to perform.The alphabet net now has three marquee music awardscasts airing in the all-important sweep months. The Country Music Association Awards and American Music Awards are each held in November and have proven to be ratings powerhouses. This year's edition of the Grammys on CBS garnered their best viewing figures in a decade.
To date, Janet Jackson is the biggest BMA winner, with 33 awards across a variety of categories while her brother Michael Jackson reigns as the male champ with 29 wins. In addition, the kudos also bestowed a lifetime achievement prize -- dubbed the Centennial Award - on a variety of musical acts, beginning with George Harrison in 1992 and ending with Tony Bennett in their final year on Fox.