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2015 Billboard Music Award Finalists are Announced

Billboard Music Awards 2015The Billboard Music Awards finalists were revealed on 7th April 2015, starting with the first five categories announced by returning BBMA host Ludacris and Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz on ABC’s Good Morning America. Then Luda’s first-time co-host Chrissy Teigen and Empire star Jussie Smollett unveiled the remaining finalists during a Twitter press conference and Q&A.

Five of the 41 categories were revealed: top artist, top male artist, top female artist, top Billboard 200 album and top Hot 100 song. The rest of the categories will be announced during a press conference hosted by Teigen and Empire star and recording artist Jussie Smollett later Tuesday, which will include a Twitter Q&A with the pair.

Following Swift – who racked up 14 entries in 13 categories – is Sam Smith (13), Iggy Azalea (12) and Meghan Trainor (nine). Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social-media interactions – measurements that are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound.

In addition to this year’s 40 chart-specific categories, fans will choose who gets the Billboard chart achievement award by voting on Billboard.com, BillboardMusicAwards.com and on Twitter; Swift, Azalea and Trainor are up for the only fan-voted prize.

The Billboard Music Awards produced by Dick Clark Productions and will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on 17th May 2015, from 8-11 p.m. ET on ABC.

See the full list of Billboard Music Award finalists below:

Billboard Music Awards 2015

Category Nomination
TOP ARTIST Ariana Grande
One Direction
Katy Perry
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift
TOP NEW ARTIST 5 Seconds of Summer
Iggy Azalea
Hozier
Sam Smith
Meghan Trainor
TOP MALE ARTIST Drake
Pharrell Williams
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Justin Timberlake
TOP FEMALE ARTIST Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande
Katy Perry
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor
TOP DUO/GROUP 5 Seconds of Summer
Florida Georgia Line
MAGIC!
Maroon 5
One Direction
TOP BILLBOARD 200 ARTIST One Direction
Pentatonix
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift
TOP HOT 100 ARTIST Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor
TOP DIGITAL SONGS ARTIST Iggy Azalea
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor
TOP RADIO SONGS ARTIST John Legend
Maroon 5
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift
TOP TOURING ARTIST Lady Gaga
One Direction
Katy Perry
The Rolling Stones
Justin Timberlake
TOP SOCIAL ARTIST Justin Bieber
Miley Cyrus
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Taylor Swift
TOP STREAMING ARTIST Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande
Nicki Minaj
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor
TOP R&B ARTIST Beyoncé
Chris Brown
John Legend
Trey Songz
Pharrell Williams
TOP RAP ARTIST Iggy Azalea
J. Cole
Drake
Nicki Minaj
Rae Sremmurd
TOP COUNTRY ARTIST Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Brantley Gilbert
Blake Shelton
TOP ROCK ARTIST Bastille
Coldplay
Fall Out Boy
Hozier
Lorde
TOP LATIN ARTIST J Balvin
Juan Gabriel
Enrique Iglesias
Prince Royce
Romeo Santos
TOP DANCE /ELECTRONIC ARTIST Avicii
Clean Bandit
Disclosure
Calvin Harris
Lindsey Stirling
TOP CHRISTIAN ARTIST Casting Crowns
Hillsong United
Lecrae
MercyMe
Newsboys
TOP BILLBOARD 200 ALBUM Maroon 5, V
Pentatonix, That’s Christmas to Me
Ed Sheeran, x
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
Taylor Swift, 1989
TOP SOUNDTRACK The Fault in Our Stars
Fifty Shades of Grey
Frozen
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix: Vol. 1
Into the Woods
TOP R&B ALBUM Beyonce, Beyoncé
Chris Brown, X
Michael Jackson, Xscape
John Legend, Love in the Future
Pharrell Williams, G I R L
TOP RAP ALBUM J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint
Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2
TOP COUNTRY ALBUM Jason Aldean, Old Boots, New Dirt
Garth Brooks, Man Against Machine
Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am
Miranda Lambert, Platinum
TOP ROCK ALBUM AC/DC, Rock or Bust
The Black Keys, Turn Blue
Coldplay, Ghost Stories
Hozier, Hozier
Lorde, Pure Heroine
TOP LATIN ALBUM Juan Gabriel, Los Dúo
Enrique Iglesias, Sex and Love
Romeo Santos, Formula: Vol. 2
Santana, Corazon
Marc Anthony, 3.0
TOP DANCE/ ELECTRONIC ALBUM Avicii, True
Disclosure, Settle
Calvin Harris, Motion
Skrillex, Recess
Lindsey Stirling, Shatter Me
TOP CHRISTIAN ALBUM Lecrae, Anomaly
Casting Crowns, Thrive
MercyMe, Welcome to the New
NEEDTOBREATHE, Rivers in the Wasteland
Chris Tomlin, Love Ran Red
TOP HOT 100 SONG Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
John Legend, “All of Me”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”
TOP DIGITAL SONG Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy
TOP RADIO SONG John Legend, “All of Me”
MAGIC!, “Rude”
Nico & Vinz, “Am I Wrong”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy
TOP STREAMING SONG (AUDIO) Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Hozier, “Take Me to Church”
John Legend, “All of Me”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Tove Lo, “Habits (Stay High)”
TOP STREAMING SONG (VIDEO) Idina Menzel, “Let It Go”
Bobby Shmurda, “Hot Boy”
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”
TOP R&B SONG Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne, French Montana, Too $hort & Tyga, “Loyal”
Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz, “Talk Dirty”
Jeremih feat. YG, “Don’t Tell ‘Em”
John Legend, “All of Me”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
TOP RAP SONG Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora, “Black Widow”
Big Sean feat. E-40, “I Don’t F— With You”
Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda”
Bobby Shmurda, “Hot Boy”
TOP COUNTRY SONG Jason Aldean, “Burnin’ It Down”
Luke Bryan, “Play It Again”
Sam Hunt, “Leave the Night On”
Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan, “This Is How We Roll”
Florida Georgia Line, “Dirt”
TOP ROCK SONG Bastille, “Pompeii”
Coldplay, “A Sky Full of Stars”
Fall Out Boy, “Centuries”
Hozier, “Take Me to Church”
Paramore, “Ain’t It Fun”
TOP LATIN SONG J Balvin feat. Farruko, “6 AM”
Enrique Iglesias feat. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona, “Bailando”
Romeo Santos, “Eres Mía”
Romeo Santos feat. Drake, “Odio”
Romeo Santos, “Propuesta Indecente”
TOP DANCE/ ELECTRONIC SONG Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne, “Rather Be”
Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, “Latch”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
Ariana Grande feat. Zedd, “Break Free”
Calvin Harris, “Summer”
TOP CHRISTIAN SONG Francesca Battistelli, “He Knows My Name”
Hillsong United, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”
MercyMe, “Greater”
Newsboys, “We Believe”
Carrie Underwood, “Something in the Water”
BILLBOARD CHART ACHIEVEMENT AWARD PRESENTED BY SAMSUNG GALAXY (FAN-VOTED) Iggy Azalea
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor

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