Taylor Swift made history at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards when she won Top Female Artist for the third time. That made her the most awarded artist in the history of the category. She’s nominated again in 2019, so can she defend her title and extend her record? It might be an uphill battle this time around.
Only five women have ever won Top Female Artist multiple times. Adele, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Rihanna and Swift were all tied at two victories apiece until Swift got her third last year. She’s inarguably one of the most successful recording artists currently working, and these awards are based on Billboard chart metrics including record sales, online streaming performance and radio airplay.
However, Swift was in a stronger position last year because her album “Reputation” had been released during that eligibility period (and it won Top Selling Album). She’s in-between albums this year, and her only other nomination at these awards is Top Touring Artist.
In addition, Swift isn’t nominated for Top Artist this time around, and she’s up against two women who are: Cardi B and Ariana Grande. Overall, Cardi B has a field-leading 21 nominations while Grande has 9, so both of them might be difficult for Swift to surmount in this contest. She might have to wait for her next blockbuster album to win again here.
As of this writing Cardi B leads our predictions with odds of 11/2. She’s backed by 16 of our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Billboard Awards. Grande ranks second with odds of 6/1 and support from 8 of our Top 24 Users. Swift trails in third place with 7/1 odds. And rounding out the category are Halsey (7/1 odds) and Ella Mai (15/2 odds).
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