The 2018 Billboard Music Awards nominations have officially been announced

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    The 2018 Billboard Music Awards nominations are officially in, with the ceremony set to take place this year on Sunday 20th May, with singer Kelly Clarkson set to host the Los Angeles show.

    ‘To prepare for hosting the Billboard Music Awards, I already have 20 costume changes planned,’ 35-year-old Kelly announced in a press release, confirming the gig. ‘I will be flying in like my girl P!nk, and calling Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman for jokes. Well, or I’m just gonna show up and celebrate my favourite artists and get to know a few more. Yeah, maybe I’ll go with that plan.’

    The nominations for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards were also announced this week, with Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars emerging as the front-runners with 15 BBMA nominations apiece.

    Here are the 2018 Billboard music awards nominations…

    2018 Billboard music awards: Top Artist

    Drake

    Kendrick Lamar

    Bruno Mars

    Ed Sheeran

    Taylor Swift

    2018 Billboard music awards: Top Female Artist

    Camila Cabello

    Cardi B

    Halsey

    Demi Lovato

    Taylor Swift

    2018 Billboard music awards: Top Male Artist

    Drake

    Kendrick Lamar

    Bruno Mars

    Post Malone

    Ed Sheeran

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    2018 Billboard music awards: Top Selling Album

    Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

    Pink, Beautiful Trauma

    Ed Sheeran, Divide

    Ed Stapleton, From a Room: Volume 1

    Taylor Swift, Reputation

    2018 Billboard music awards: Top Hot 100 Song

    Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, “Despacito (feat. Justin Bieber)”

    Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”

    Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”

    Post Malone, “Rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)”

    Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”

    2018 Billboard music awards: Top New Artist

    21 Savage

    Camila Cabello

    Cardi B

    Khalid

    Kodak Black

    Taylor Swift

    Rex

    2018 Billboard music awards: Top Country Song

    Kane Brown, “What Ifs (feat. Lauren Alaina)”

    Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road”

    Dustin Lynch, “Small Town Boy”

    Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be”

    Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know”

    2018 Billboard music awards: Top Duo/Group

    The Chainsmokers

    Coldplay

    Imagine Dragons

    Migos

    U2

    2018 Billboard music awards: Top Billboard 200 Artist

    Drake

    Kendrick Lamar

    Ed Sheeran

    Chris Stapleton

    Taylor Swift

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    Rex

    2018 Billboard music awards: Top Hot 100 Artist

    Imagine Dragons

    Kendrick Lamar

    Bruno Mars

    Post Malone

    Ed Sheeran

    2018 Billboard music awards: Top Streaming Songs Artist

    Cardi B

    Drake

    Kendrick Lamar

    Post Malone

    Ed Sheeran

    2018 Billboard music awards: Top Song Sales Artist

    Imagine Dragons

    Kendrick Lamar

    Bruno Mars

    Post Malone

    Ed Sheeran

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    2018 Billboard music awards: Top Radio Songs Artist

    Halsey

    Imagine Dragons

    Bruno Mars

    Charlie Puth

    Ed Sheeran

    2018 Billboard music awards: Top Social Artist

    Justin Bieber

    BTS

    Ariana Grande

    Demi Lovato

    Shawn Mendes

    2018 Billboard music awards: Billboard Chart Achievement Award

    Camila Cabello

    Cardi B

    Drake

    Sam Hunt

    Ed Sheeran

    Tune in to the awards on 20th May on NBC.

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