Billboard Music Awards 2015: Taylor Swift, Sam Smith Lead First Five Categories

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Stay tuned for the full list of finalists today.

When the first five categories for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards were unveiled Tuesday morning (April 7) on ABC's Good Morning America, Taylor Swift and Sam Smith were the clear leaders — landing in four categories each.

Ludacris — returning as BBMA host, this time with supermodel Chrissy Teigen — announced the first batch of finalists on GMA alongside Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz. Five of the 41 categories were revealed: top artist, top male artist, top female artist, top Billboard 200 album and top Hot 100 song.

The rest of the categories will be announced during a press conference hosted by Teigen and Empire star and recording artist Jussie Smollett later Tuesday, which will include a Twitter Q&A with the pair.

The Billboard Music Awards — produced by Dick Clark Productions — will air live from Las Vegas on Sunday, May 17, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.

Check out the first five categories below, and stay tuned for the rest of the finalists here on THR.com.

TOP ARTIST
Ariana Grande
One Direction
Katy Perry
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift

TOP MALE ARTIST
Drake
Pharrell Williams
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Justin Timberlake

TOP FEMALE ARTIST
Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande
Katy Perry
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ALBUM
Maroon 5, V
Pentatonix, That's Christmas to Me
Ed Sheeran, x
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
Taylor Swift, 1989

TOP HOT 100 SONG
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, "Fancy"
John Legend, "All of Me"
Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"
Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass"

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