dick clark productions has announced the nominees for the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, which honours the year’s most successful artists in 56 categories across all genres of music. Host Kelly Clarkson and chart-topping duo Dan + Shay, revealed the nominations with last year’s Top Rap Female Artist winner, Cardi B, leading the pack with 21 nods.
She was followed by Drake and Post Malone, each with 17. Other nominees and possible record-breakers include Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Travis Scott and XXXTENTACION.
Narrowly missing Drake and The Chainsmokers’ record of most nominations ever in a single year (both musicians received 22 nominations in 2017), Cardi B is also a double-nominee in three categories (Top Selling Song, Top Collaboration and Top Hot 100 Song).
Drake and Post Malone tie for second-most nominations this year with 17 each, both nominated in many of the same categories, including Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Hot 100 Artist. Travis Scott received 12 nominations, followed by the late XXXTENTACION with 10 and Ariana Grande with nine.
Nominated for two awards this year, Taylor Swift still leads the pack for most wins of all time with 23, a record she could break again with a win this year. Voting for the fan voted categories, Billboard Chart Achievement Award and Top Social Artist, will open in the coming weeks and additional details will be available soon.
Hosted by Kelly Clarkson, the 2019 Billboard Music Awards airs Thursday, 2 May at 8:00am on Blue Ant Entertainment (Unifi TV Ch 473)