By: Julia Singer//

Nominees for the Billboard Music Awards were just announced, and the show will take place on May 21st. This is not your typical “fan-voted” award show, and they don’t just choose the most famous person in the room to give the award to. Rather, nominees are chosen based off of “key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard.” This makes the BBMAs a unique award show, honoring artists not by popularity, but by overall success. Now, let’s take a closer look at the nominees…

the-chainsmokers-bbmas-1491858351Two of the biggest names in music this year, Drake and The Chainsmokers, hold the most nominations with a combined total of 22 noms. This makes a ton of sense, as the two acts have had wildly successful years and continue to push out new content regularly. Seriously, it cannot go without saying that The Chainsmokers completely dominated the charts and spent a record breaking 26 weeks in the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Some other acts that were able to claim a fair amount of nominations were Twenty One Pilots, Rihanna, The Weeknd and Beyoncé. It’s no question that they are all top contenders for their categories, and we’re sure that the BBMAs will keep everyone on their toes come May 21st!

The Billboard Music Awards are also unique because of the categories and the diversity within them. It seems as though there’s a category for everyone, featuring just about all genres of music, live music, radio, and even offering awards based on music streaming! Certain categories, like ‘Top Artist,’ hold up to 10 nominees, whereas touring categories only hold 3 nominees. Since the nominations are based off of the charts, it’s very interesting to see artists such as Prince and Twenty One Pilots being pitted against each other.

UnknownBesides the awards, the ceremony would not be complete without those amazing live performances. Nothing has been announced in terms of performances for this year’s show as of yet, but knowing the BBMAs, they’ll be more than stellar. We can’t wait for the BBMAs, but until then we’ll keep speculating about the show and eagerly await to see the outcome late next month! Click HERE to see the full list of nominees!

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