News Nuggets: Adele and LMFAO lead the Billboard Music Award nominations

Rihanna, Adele, and LMFAO top Billboard Music Award finalists: “Adele scored 18 nods — including Top Artist, Top Female Artist, and Top Billboard 200 Artist — off the mega-sales of her album ‘21‘ and its lead single ‘Rolling in the Deep.’ ‘Party Rockers’ LMFAO will be in the house behind thanks to 17 nods. Rihanna could win up to 13 trophies, and Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne could be walking home with a lot of hardware, after netting 10 nods apiece. Usual suspects like Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Nicki Minaj, and Bruno Mars are also among the pool of finalists.” EW.COM

What categories should the Tonys create or restore? “May is quickly approaching and theatre lovers everywhere are rejoicing for one reason-Tony nomination time is almost here! Stage and screen stars Kristin Chenoweth & Jim Parsons will announce this year’s nominees on May 1, 8:30am EST at New York Public Library … This brings us to this week’s poll. With nominations coming up, it’s too late for this year, but what new/restored Tony Awards categories would YOU most like to see!” BROADWAY WORLD

Will Joss Whedon‘s “The Avengers” follow in the superhero footsteps of “The Dark Knight”: “Joss Whedon can do no wrong this year. (His legion of fans will argue that he’s never done much wrong, ever.) ‘The Cabin in the Woods,’ which he produced 3 years ago, finally got released and promptly earned widespread praise at horror-twisting classic. Most reviews for ‘The Avengers’ are embargoed, but that hasn’t stopped people I trust from hinting that Whedon is holding another winning hand. Currently rated 95% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, two enthusiastic reviews from the trades confirm ‘The Avengers’ ‘pays off in extravagant fashion’ …” AWARDS DAILY

Tom Hooper‘s “Les Miserables” deglamorizes the classic musical: “It’s a piece about the destitute poor of 1830s Paris and everybody looks like hell, particularly rail-thin Anne Hathaway‘s Fantine and her tennis-ball haircut. Actually, there’s one Hollywood-type ‘up’ moment in this clip — i.e., a joyful smiling look between Hathaway and Hugh Jackman‘s Jean Valjean. But I can roll with it.” HOLLYWOOD ELSEWHERE

Jason Crabb wins big at the Dove Awards: “Christian singer Jason Crabb won two of the most prominent awards for male artists at the 43rd annual Dove Awards held for the second straight year in Atlanta. Crabb went home with artist and male vocalist of the year awards on Thursday night at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The show will air on April 24 on GMC, formerly the Gospel Music Channel. Natalie Grant dethroned Francesca Battistelli, taking home female artist of the year. Grant previously won the award four straight years before Battistelli.” WASHINGTON POST

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