Drake, Twenty One Pilots and Rihanna dominate the nominations in four categories for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards announced exclusively by Billboard on Monday morning (Apr. 10).
The Top Billboard 200 Artist list has all the heavy hitters you would expect, led by Beyoncé and Drake, as well as late rock icon Prince, Twenty One Pilots and The Weeknd. Many of those same names are also in the running for the Top Hot 100 Artist race, including breakout EDM duo The Chainsmokers, Rihanna as well as Drake, Twenty One Pilots and The Weeknd.
The Top Rock Song list is dominated by Columbus, Ohio, duo Twenty One Pilots, who have a trifecta of nods for “Heathens,” “Ride” and “Stressed Out,” which is joined by X Ambassadors‘ “Unsteady” and the superstar collabo “Sucker for Pain” featuring Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons, along with X Ambassadors, Logic and Ty Dolla $ign.
The Top Female Artist nominations include Adele, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Rihanna and Sia while the nominees for the Top Male Artist are Justin Bieber, Drake, Future, Shawn Mendes and The Weeknd.
The Top Hot 100 Song competition promises to be one of the most anticipated races, with the following hits vying for the award: The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, “Closer,”; The Chainsmokers feat. Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down“; Drake feat. WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance“; Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” and Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens.”
The Top Billboard 200 Album category is also a hard one to call with Beyoncé’s “Lemonade”, Drake’s “Views” Rihanna’s “Anti” Twenty One Pilots “Blurryface” and The Weeknd’s “Starboy” making up the nominations. The nominees for Top Artist include: Adele, Beyoncé, Bieber, The Chainsmokers, Drake, Grande, Shawn Mendes, Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots and The Weeknd.
The 2017 Billboard Music awards will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 21, 2017.