Rapper duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis was not far behind with
nods in eight categories, and will vie with Imagine Dragons,
Florida Georgia Line, One Direction and OneRepublic for the top
R&B singer Jason Derulo announced the finalists in five of the
40 finalist categories — top artist, top male artist, top female
artist, top R&B artist and top country artist — on ABC's early
news show "Good Morning America."
The awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden
Arena in Las Vegas on ABC on May 18.
Imagine Dragons, whose album "Night Visions" is up for top rock
album, will be competing for its first Billboard Music Award,
including the top artist prize. Other artists nominated in the
category include Perry, Timberlake, pop star Miley Cyrus and
singer Bruno Mars.
Lorde, whose hit single "Royals" and debut album "Pure Heroine"
propelled her into the finals, will compete against Beyonce,
Cyrus, Perry and Rihanna for top female artist.
Timberlake, Mars, rapper Eminem, pop country singer Luke Bryan
and rapper Drake will battle it out for the top male artist
Billboard, a magazine that covers the music industry, said the
finalists were based on fan interactions with music, including
album and digital sales, touring, radio airplay, streaming and
social interactions on websites such as Facebook, Twitter,
YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other online sites for music.
ABC is a unit of the Walt Disney Co.
(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; editing by Tom Brown)
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