Billboard Music Awards: The Weeknd, Justin Bieber Top Finalists

1:15 PM 4/11/2016

by Billboard Staff

Ludacris and Ciara will host the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 22.

The Weeknd
The Weeknd
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The Weeknd could have a big weekend at the Billboard Music Awards.

The Canadian hit maker is a finalist 19 times in 16 categories. Justin Bieber follows The Weeknd; he's a finalist 12 times, in 11 categories. Drake and Fetty Wap are both finalists 11 times, in 10 categories. Taylor Swift and Adele are both finalists for eight awards.

Ludacris and Ciara will host the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 22.

Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of tracking dates March 23, 2015, through March 17, 2016, and Billboard chart dates April 11, 2015 through April 2, 2016. Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of a musician’s success.

See the full list of finalists below.

  • Top Artist

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    Adele (WINNER)
    Justin Bieber
    Drake
    Taylor Swift
    The Weeknd

  • Top New Artist

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    Fetty Wap (WINNER)
    OMI
    Charlie Puth
    ​Silentó
    Bryson Tiller

  • Top Male Artist

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    Justin Bieber (WINNER)
    Drake
    Fetty Wap
    Ed Sheeran
    The Weeknd

  • Top Female Artist

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    Adele (WINNER)
    Selena Gomez
    ​Ariana Grande
    Rihanna
    Taylor Swift

  • Top Duo/Group

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    One Direction (WINNER)
    Maroon 5
    twenty one pilots
    The Rolling Stones
    U2

  • Top Billboard 200 Artist

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    Adele (WINNER)
    Justin Bieber
    Drake
    Taylor Swift
    The Weeknd

  • Top Hot 100 Artist

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    The Weeknd (WINNER)
    Justin Bieber
    Drake
    Fetty Wap
    Taylor Swift

  • Top Song Sales Artist

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    The Weeknd (WINNER)
    Adele
    Justin Bieber
    Drake
    Fetty Wap
     

  • Top Radio Songs Artist

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    The Weeknd (WINNER)
    Justin Bieber
    Ellie Goulding
    Ed Sheeran
    Taylor Swift
     

  • Top Streaming Songs Artist

    The Weeknd (WINNER)
    Justin Bieber
    Drake
    Fetty Wap
    ​Silentó
     

  • Top Social Media Artist

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    Justin Bieber (WINNER)
    Selena Gomez
    ​Ariana Grande
    Demi Lovato
    Taylor Swift

  • Top Touring Artist

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    Taylor Swift (WINNER)
    Madonna
    One Direction
    The Rolling Stones
    U2

  • Top R&B Artist

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    The Weeknd (WINNER)
    Chris Brown
    ​Jeremih
    Rihanna
    Bryson Tiller
     

  • Top Rap Artist

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    Drake (WINNER)
    Fetty Wap
    Future
    Wiz Khalifa
    Silentó

  • Top Country Artist

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    Luke Bryan (WINNER)
    Zac
    Brown Band
    Sam Hunt
    Chris Stapleton
    Carrie Underwood

  • Top Rock Artist

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    twenty one pilots (WINNER)
    Fall Out Boy
    Elle King
    Walk the Moon
    X Ambassadors

  • Top Latin Artist

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    Romeo Santos (WINNER)
    Banda Sinaloense MS De Sergio Lizárraga
    Juan Gabriel
    Nicky Jam
    Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho
     

  • Top Dance/Electronic Artist

    Rick Guest

    David Guetta (WINNER)
    The Chainsmokers
    DJ Snake
    Major Lazer
    ​Zedd

  • Top Christian Artist

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    Hillsong United (WINNER)
    Casting Crowns
    Lauren Daigle
    MercyMe
    Chris Tomlin

  • Top Gospel Artist

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    Kirk Franklin (WINNER)
    Anthony Brown and group therAPy
    Tasha Cobbs
    Travis Greene
    Marvin Sapp

  • Top Billboard 200 Album

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    Adele, 25 (WINNER)
    Justin Bieber, Purpose
    Ed Sheeran, x
    Taylor Swift, 1989
    The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness

  • Top Soundtrack

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    Pitch Perfect 2 (WINNER)
    Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1
    Fifty Shades of Grey
    Furious 7
    Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
     

  • Top R&B Album

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    The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness (WINNER)
    Chris Brown, Royalty
    Rihanna, Anti
    Bryson Tiller, T R A P S O U L
    ​Tyrese, Black Rose
     

  • Top Rap Album

    Meek Mill, Dreams Worth More Than Money (WINNER)
    Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
    Drake & Future, What A Time To Be Alive
    Dr. Dre, Compton
    Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly
     

  • Top Country Album

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    Chris Stapleton, Traveller (WINNER)
    Luke Bryan, Kill The Lights
    Sam Hunt, Montevallo
    Zac Brown Band, Jekyll + Hyde
    Carrie Underwood, Storyteller

  • Top Rock Album

    Lindsey Byrnes

    twenty one pilots, Blurryface (WINNER)
    Alabama Shakes “Sound & Color”
    David Bowie “Blackstar”
    Coldplay “A Head Full Of Dreams”
    Mumford & Sons “Wilder Mind”
     

  • Top Latin Album

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    Juan Gabriel, Los Dúo (WINNER)
    Juan Gabriel, Mis Número 1…40 Aniversario
    ​Mana, Cama Incendiada
    Gerardo Ortiz, Hoy Más Fuerte
    Romeo Santos, Formula, Vol. 2

  • Top Dance/Electronic Album

    ​Zedd, True Colors (WINNER)
    David Guetta, Listen
    Major Lazer, Peace Is The Mission
    ​ODESZA, In Return
    ​Skrillex & Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü
     

  • Top Christian Album

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    Lauren Daigle “How Can It Be” (WINNER)
    ​Hillsong UNITED “Empires”
    Joey + Rory “Hymns That Are Important To Us”
    ​TobyMac “This Is Not A Test”
    Chris Tomlin “Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship”

  • Top Gospel Album

    Kirk Franklin
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    Kirk Franklin, Losing My Religion (WINNER)
    Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Everyday Jesus
    Tasha Cobbs, One Place Live
    Jonathan McReynolds, Life Music: Stage Two
    Marvin Sapp, You Shall Live

  • Top Hot 100 Song

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    Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again” (WINNER)
    Adele, “Hello”
    Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
    The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face”
    The Weeknd, “The Hills”

  • Top Selling Song

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    Adele, “Hello” (WINNER)
    Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
    OMI, “Cheerleader”
    Rachel Platten, “Fight Song”
    The Weeknd, “The Hills”

  • Top Radio Song

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    Walk the Moon, “Shut Up And Dance” (WINNER)
    Adele, “Hello”
    Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
    Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!”
    The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face”

  • Top Streaming Song (Audio)

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    The Weeknd, “The Hills” (WINNER)
    Justin Bieber, “Sorry”
    Justin Bieber, “What Do You Mean”
    ​Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
    Drake, “Hotline Bling”

  • Top Streaming Song (Video) ​

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    Silentó, “Watch Me” (WINNER)
    Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
    Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
    Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!”
    ​The Weeknd, “The Hills”

  • Top R&B Song

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    The Weeknd, “The Hills” (WINNER)
    Alessia Cara, “Here”
    ​Omarion Featuring Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko, “Post To Be”
    The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face”
    The Weeknd, “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)”

  • Top Rap Song

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    Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again” (WINNER)
    Drake, “Hotline Bling”
    ​Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
    ​Fetty Wap, “679” feat. Remy Boyz
    ​Silentó, “Watch Me”
     

  • Top Country Song

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    Thomas Rhett, “Die A Happy Man” (WINNER)
    Sam Hunt, “Break Up In A Small Town”
    Sam Hunt, “Take Your Time”
    Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
    Chris Young, “I’m Comin’ Over”

  • Top Rock Song

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    Walk the Moon, “Shut Up And Dance” (WINNER)
    Fall Out Boy, “Uma Thurman”
    Elle King, “Ex’s & Oh’s”
    twenty one pilots, “Stressed Out”
    X Ambassadors, “Renegades”

  • Top Latin Song

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    Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias, “El Perdon” (WINNER)
    J Balvin “Ginza”
    Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho, “Te Metiste”
    Maluma, “Borro Cassette”
    Romeo Santos, “Propuesta Indecente”

  • Top Dance/Electronic Song

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    Major Lazer & DJ Snake Featuring MØ, “Lean On” (WINNER)
    The Chainsmokers Featuring ROZES, “Roses”
    DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge, “You Know You Like It”
    David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack, “Hey Mama”
    Skrillex & Diplo, “Where Are Ü Now” with Justin Bieber

  • Top Christian Song

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    ​Hillsong UNITED, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” (WINNER)
    ​Hillsong UNITED, “Touch The Sky”
    ​MercyMe, “Flawless”
    NEEDTOBREATHE Featuring Gavin DeGraw, “Brother”
    Chris Tomlin, “Good Good Father”

  • Top Gospel Song

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    Kirk Franklin, “Wanna Be Happy?” (WINNER)
    Anthony Brown and group therAPy, “Worth”
    Erica Campbell feat. Big Shizz, “I Luh God”
    Travis Greene, “Intentional”
    Brian Courtney Wilson, “Worth Fighting For”

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