Thu. Dec 12th, 2019

The 2019 Billboard Music Awards: here is what you need to know

Cardi BRapper Cardi B leads The 2019 Billboard Music Awards with 21 nominations ahead of artists such as Drake, Post Malone and Travis Scott.

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Let’s hear it for Cardi B. The female rapper and new mom leads this year’s Billboard Music Awards nominations with 21 and amongst them, is a nod to Top Artist.

She is followed by Drake and Post Malone with 17 nominations, Travis Scott with 12, and XXXTentacion with 10.

The Billboard Music Awards looks to the charts to see which artists are worthy of a nomination. This is based on album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring, and social engagement. This is opposed to The Grammy’s which rely on the Recording Academy to select award recipients.

The Grammy’s is seen as more subjective whilst The Billboards are more objective.

When?

The show takes place on Wednesday, May 1 at 8 p.m. ET live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Who is hosting?

Kelly Clarkson will host. No stranger to the Billboard Charts, having several number ones during her career, the host of last years event will be back again in 2019.

I had so much fun hosting the ‘Billboard Music Awards’ last year that I’m back for more. We’re turning it up a notch this year and I can’t wait to celebrate all of my fellow amazing artists for another unforgettable night of live music.

Kelly Clarkson

Who are the Nominees?

Here are some of the major categories – full list here

Top Artists

  • Cardi B
  • Drake
  • Ariana Grande
  • Post Malone
  • Travis Scott

Top New Artist

  • Bazzi
  • Juice Wrld
  • Lil Baby
  • Dua Lipa
  • Ella Mai

Billboard Chart Achievement Award

  • Dan + Shay
  • Drake
  • Ariana Grande
  • Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
  • Dua Lipa

Top Male Artist

  • Drake
  • Post Malone
  • Travis Scott
  • Ed Sheeran
  • XXXTentacion

Top Female Artist

  • Cardi B
  • Ariana Grande
  • Halsey
  • Ella Mai
  • Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group

  • BTS
  • Dan + Shay
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Maroon 5
  • Panic! At The Disco

Top Billboard 200 Artist

  • Drake
  • Ariana Grande
  • Post Malone
  • Travis Scott
  • XXXTentacion

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