Billboard Music Awards: Cardi B, Drake, Post Malone Lead Nominees

6:30 AM 4/4/2019

by Annie Howard

Cardi B scored 21 nominations, while Drake and Post Malone picked up 17 each.

Cardi B
Cardi B
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Cardi B is the most-nominated artist for the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, earning a total of 21 nominations in categories such as top artist, top female artist, top rap artist and top rap album to name a few.

The "I Like It" singer, who made history this year as the only solo female rapper to win the best rap album Grammy, will compete for the top artist prize against Drake, Ariana Grande, Post Malone and Travis Scott.

Drake and Post Malone earned the second-highest number of nominations, with each artist gaining 17. Travis Scott earned 12 nominations, followed by the late XXXTentacion with 10, and Ariana Grande with nine.

Kelly Clarkson is set to return as host for the 2019 telecast, which airs live on NBC, Wednesday, May 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The Billboard Music Awards is produced by Dick Clark productions — a division of Valence Media, the parent company of the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group.

A full list of nominees follows.

  • Top Artist

    Kevin Winter/Getty

    Drake (WINNER)
    Cardi B
    Ariana Grande
    Post Malone
    Travis Scott

  • Top New Artist

    Juice WRLD
    Juice WRLD
    Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Spotify

    Juice WRLD (WINNER)
    Bazzi
    Lil Baby
    Dua Lipa
    Ella Mai

  • Billboard Chart Achievement Award

    Ariana Grande
    Ariana Grande
    Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AG

    Ariana Grande (WINNER)
    Dan + Shay
    Drake
    Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
    Dua Lipa

  • Top Male Artist

    Drake
    Drake
    Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

    Drake (WINNER)
    Post Malone
    Travis Scott
    Ed Sheeran
    XXXTENTACION

  • Top Female Artist

    Ariana Grande
    Ariana Grande
    Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AG

    Ariana Grande (WINNER)
    Cardi B
    Halsey
    Ella Mai
    Taylor Swift

  • Top Duo/Group

    BTS
    BTS

    BTS (WINNER)
    Dan + Shay
    Imagine Dragons
    Maroon 5
    Panic! At The Disco

  • Top Billboard 200 Artist

    Drake
    Drake
    Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

    Drake (WINNER)
    Ariana Grande
    Post Malone
    Travis Scott
    XXXTENTACION

  • Top Hot 100 Artist

    Drake
    Drake
    Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

    Drake (WINNER)
    Cardi B
    Ariana Grande
    Juice WRLD
    Post Malone

  • Top Streaming Songs Artist

    Drake
    Drake
    Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

    Drake (WINNER)
    Cardi B
    Ariana Grande
    Post Malone
    XXXTENTACION

  • Top Song Sales Artist

    Drake
    Drake
    Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

    Drake (WINNER)
    Ariana Grande
    Imagine Dragons
    Lady Gaga
    Post Malone

  • Top Radio Songs Artist

    Cardi B
    Drake
    Ariana Grande
    Maroon 5
    Post Malone

  • Top Social Artist

    BTS
    BTS

    BTS (WINNER)
    EXO
    GOT7
    Ariana Grande
    Louis Tomlinson

  • Top Touring Artist

    Ed Sheeran
    Ed Sheeran
    Amanda Edwards/WireImage

    Ed Sheeran (WINNER)
    Beyonce & Jay-Z
    Bruno Mars
    Taylor Swift
    Justin Timberlake

  • Top R&B Artist

    Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

    Ella Mai (WINNER)
    H.E.R.
    Khalid
    The Weeknd
    XXXTENTACION

  • Top R&B Male Artist

    The Weeknd
    The Weeknd
    Kevin Mazur/WireImage

    The Weeknd (WINNER)
    Khalid
    XXXTENTACION

  • Top R&B Female Artist

    Ella Mai
    Ella Mai
    Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

    Ella Mai (WINNER)
    H.E.R.
    Queen Naija

  • Top R&B Tour

    Beyonce and Jay-Z
    Beyonce and Jay-Z
    Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For Parkwood Entertainment

    Beyonce & Jay-Z (WINNER)
    Childish Gambino
    Bruno Mars

  • Top Rap Artist

    Drake
    Drake
    Getty Images

    Drake (WINNER)
    Cardi B
    Juice WRLD
    Post Malone
    Travis Scott

  • Top Rap Male Artist

    Drake
    Drake
    Getty Images

    Drake (WINNER)
    Post Malone
    Travis Scott

  • Top Rap Female Artist

    Cardi B
    Cardi B
    Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

    Cardi B (WINNER)
    City Girls
    Nicki Minaj

  • Top Rap Tour

    Beyonce and Jay-Z
    Beyonce and Jay-Z
    Courtesy of Parkwood Entertainment

    Beyonce & Jay-Z (WINNER)
    Drake
    Travis Scott

  • Top Country Artist

    Luke Combs
    Luke Combs
    Terry Wyatt/FilmMagic

    Luke Combs (WINNER)
    Jason Aldean
    Kane Brown
    Dan + Shay
    Florida Georgia Line

  • Top Country Male Artist

    Luke Combs
    Luke Combs
    Terry Wyatt/FilmMagic

    Luke Combs (WINNER)
    Jason Aldean
    Kane Brown

  • Top Country Female Artist

    Carrie Underwood
    Carrie Underwood
    Getty Images

    Carrie Underwood (WINNER)
    Maren Morris
    Kacey Musgraves

  • Top Country Duo/Group Artist

    Dan + Shay (WINNER)
    Florida Georgia Line
    Old Dominion

  • Top Country Tour

    Kenny Chesney
    Kenny Chesney
    Allister Ann

    Kenny Chesney (WINNER)
    Luke Bryan
    Shania Twain

  • Top Rock Artist

    Imagine Dragons
    Imagine Dragons
    Getty Images

    Imagine Dragons (WINNER)
    lovelytheband
    Panic! At The Disco
    Queen
    twenty one pilots

  • Top Rock Tour

    Elton John
    Elton John
    Venturelli/Getty Images for Bulgari

    Elton John (WINNER)
    The Rolling Stones
    U2

  • Top Latin Artist

    Ozuna
    Ozuna
    Getty Images

    Ozuna (WINNER)
    Anuel AA
    Bad Bunny
    J Balvin
    Romeo Santos

  • Top Dance/Electronic Artist

    The Chainsmokers
    The Chainsmokers

    The Chainsmokers (WINNER)
    Calvin Harris
    Kygo
    Marshmello
    ODESZA

  • Top Christian Artist

    Lauren Daigle
    Lauren Daigle
    Kevin Winter/Getty Images for dcp

    Lauren Daigle (WINNER)
    Cory Asbury
    for KING & COUNTRY
    Hillsong Worship
    MercyMe

  • Top Gospel Artist

    Tasha Cobbs Leonard
    Tasha Cobbs Leonard
    Getty Images

    Tasha Cobbs Leonard (WINNER)
    Kirk Franklin
    Koryn Hawthorne
    Tori Kelly
    Marvin Sapp

  • Top Billboard 200 Album

    Drake
    Drake
    Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

    Drake, Scorpion (WINNER)
    Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy
    Post Malone, beerbongs & bentleys
    Travis Scott, ASTROWORLD
    XXXTENTACION, ?

  • Top Soundtrack

    'The Greatest Showman'
    'The Greatest Showman'
    Niko Tavernise/Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

    The Greatest Showman (WINNER)
    13 Reasons Why: Season 2
    A Star is Born
    Bohemian Rhapsody
    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

  • Top R&B Album

    XXXTentacion
    XXXTentacion
    Getty Images

    XXXTENTACION, 17 (WINNER)
    Ella Mai, Ella Mai
    H.E.R., H.E.R.
    Khalid, American Teen
    The Weeknd, My Dear Melancholy

  • Top Rap Album

    Drake
    Drake
    Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

    Drake, Scorpion (WINNER)
    Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy
    Post Malone, beerbongs & bentleys
    Travis Scott, ASTROWORLD
    XXXTENTACION, ?

  • Top Country Album

    Luke Combs
    Luke Combs
    Terry Wyatt/FilmMagic

    Luke Combs, This One's For You (WINNER)
    Jason Aldean, Rearview Town
    Kane Brown, Kane Brown
    Dan + Shay, Dan + Shay
    Carrie Underwood, Cry Pretty

  • Top Rock Album

    Panic! at the Disco
    Panic! at the Disco
    Kevin Winter/Getty Images for dcp

    Panic! At The Disco, Pray For The Wicked (WINNER)
    Dave Matthews Band, Come Tomorrow
    Imagine Dragons, Origins
    Mumford & Sons, Delta
    twenty one pilots, Trench

  • Top Latin Album

    Ozuna
    Ozuna
    Getty Images

    Ozuna, Aura (WINNER)
    Anuel AA, Real Hasta la Muerte
    Bad Bunny, X 100PRE
    J Balvin, Vibras
    Maluma, F.A.M.E.

  • Top Dance/Electronic Album

    The Chainsmokers
    The Chainsmokers
    Steve Granitz/Getty Images

    The Chainsmokers, Sick Boy (WINNER)
    Clean Bandit, What Is Love?
    David Guetta, 7
    Kygo, Kids in Love
    Major Lazer, Major Lazer Essentials

  • Top Christian Album

    Lauren Daigle
    Lauren Daigle
    Getty Images

    Lauren Daigle, Look Up Child (WINNER)
    Cory Asbury, Reckless Love
    for KING & COUNTRY, Burn The Ships
    Hillsong Worship, There Is More
    Zach Williams, Chain Breaker

  • Top Gospel Album

    Tori Kelly
    Tori Kelly
    Getty Images

    Tori Kelly, Hiding Place (WINNER)
    Snoop Dogg & Various Artists, Snoop Dogg Presents Bible of Love
    Aretha Franklin, Gospel Greats
    Koryn Hawthorne, Unstoppable
    Jonathan McReynolds, Make Room

  • Top Hot 100 Song

    Kevin Winter/Getty Images

    Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B. "Girls Like You" (WINNER) 
    Juice WRLD, "Lucid Dreams"
    Post Malone, "Better Now"
    Travis Scot, "SICKO MODE"
    XXXTENTACION, "SAD!"

  • Top Streaming Song (Audio)

    Travis Scott
    Travis Scott
    Bob Levey/gettyimages

    Travis Scott, "SICKO MODE" (WINNER)
    Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, "I Like It"
    Juice WRLD, "Lucid Dreams"
    Post Malone, "Better Now"
    XXTENTACION, "SAD!"

  • Top Streaming Song (Video)

    Drake
    Drake
    Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

    Drake, "In My Feelings" (WINNER)
    Juice WRLD, "Lucid Dreams"
    Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B, "Girls Like You"
    Travis Scott, "SICKO MODE"
    XXXTENTACION, "SAD!"

  • Top Selling Song

    Maroon 5
    Maroon 5
    Getty Images

    Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B, "Girls Like You" (WINNER)
    Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, "I Like It"
    Drake, "In My Feelings"
    Halsey, "Without Me"
    Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, "Shallow"

  • Top Radio Song

    Maroon 5
    Maroon 5
    AP Images/Invision

    Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B, "Girls Like You" (WINNER)
    Khalid & Normani, "Love Lies"
    Post Malone, "Better Now"
    Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, "Meant to Be"
    Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, "The Middle"

  • Top Collaboration

    Maroon 5
    Maroon 5
    Associated Press

    Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B, "Girls Like You" (WINNER)
    Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, "I Like It"
    Khalid & Normani, "Love Lies"
    Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign, "Psycho"
    Marshmello & Bastille, "Happier"

  • Top R&B Song

    Ella Mai, "Boo'd Up" (WINNER)
    DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper & Quavo, "No Brainer"
    Ella Mai, "Trip"
    Khalid, "Better"
    Lil Dicky ft. Chris Brown, "Freaky Friday"

  • Top Rap Song

    Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

    Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, "I Like It" (WINNER) 
    Drake, "In My Feelings"
    Juice WRLD, "Lucid Dreams"
    Post Malone, "Better Now"
    Travis Scott, "SICKO MODE"

  • Top Country Song

    Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line
    Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line
    Rebecca Sapp/WireImage

    Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, "Meant to Be" (WINNER)
    Kane Brown, "Heaven"
    Luke Combs, "She Got the Best of Me"
    Dan + Shay, "Speechless"
    Dan + Shay, "Tequila"

     

  • Top Rock Song

    Kevin Winter/Getty Images for dcp

    Panic! At The Disco, "High Hopes" (WINNER)
    Foster The People, "Sit Next to Me"
    Imagine Dragons, "Natural"
    Imagine Dragons, "Whatever It Takes"
    lovelytheband, "broken"
     

  • Top Latin Song

    Nicky Jam
    Nicky Jam
    Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images

    Casper Magico, Nio Garcia, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny & Ozuna, "Te Bote"
    Bad Bunny ft. Drake, "Mia"
    Daddy Yankee, "Dura"
    DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B, "Taki Taki"
    Nicky Jam & J Balvin, "X"

  • Top Dance/Electronic Song

    Zedd
    Zedd

    Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, "The Middle" (WINNER)
    DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B, "Taki Taki"
    Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa, "One Kiss"
    Marshmello & Bastille, "Happier"
    Tiesto & Dzeko ft. Preme & Post Malone, "Jackie Chan"

  • Top Christian Song

    Lauren Daigle
    Lauren Daigle
    Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images

    Lauren Daigle, "You Say" (WINNER)
    Cory Asbury, "Reckless Love"
    for KING & COUNTRY, "joy."
    Hillsong Worship, "Who You Say I Am"
    Tauren Wells, "Known"

  • Top Gospel Song

    Koryn Hawthorne, "Won't He Do It" (WINNER)
    Todd Dulaney, "Your Great Name"
    Tori Kelly ft. Kirk Franklin, "Never Alone"
    Jason Nelson, "Forever"
    Brian Courtney Wilson, "A Great Work"