Billboard Music Awards: Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran Lead Nominees

7:45 AM 4/17/2018

by Billboard Staff

The artists are finalists in 15 categories apiece; the awards will be handed out May 20 in a ceremony airing live on NBC.

From left: Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran
From left: Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran
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The nominees for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards have been revealed, and it's newly minted Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars in the lead with 15 BBMA nominations apiece. All three are up for top artist, competing against Drake (nine noms total) and Taylor Swift (five noms total) in that field.

It's also a good day for Post Malone, who is up for 12 BBMAs, and Imagine Dragons, who snagged 10 nods. Justin Bieber and Cardi B are tied with eight nominations apiece, and the boys behind "Despacito," Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, have seven apiece. Cardi is up for top new artist, facing off against 21 Savage, Camila Cabello, Khalid and Kodak Black.

The 2018 BBMAs will be live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC. The show is produced by Dick Clark Productions, with Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman and Robert Deaton serving as executive producers.

A full list of nominees follows.

  • Top Artist

    Ed Sheeran
    Ed Sheeran
    Amanda Edwards/WireImage

    Ed Sheeran (WINNER)

    Drake

    Kendrick Lamar

    Bruno Mars

    Taylor Swift

  • Top New Artist

    Khalid
    Khalid
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    Khalid (WINNER)

    21 Savage

    Camila Cabello

    Cardi B

    Kodak Black

  • Billboard Chart Achievement Award

    Camila Cabello
    Camila Cabello
    Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic/Getty Images

    Camila Cabello (WINNER)

    Cardi B

    Drake

    Sam Hunt

    Ed Sheeran

  • Top Male Artist

    Ed Sheeran
    Ed Sheeran
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    Ed Sheeran (WINNER)

    Drake

    Kendrick Lamar

    Bruno Mars

    Post Malone

  • Top Female Artist

    Taylor Swift
    Taylor Swift
    Kevin Winter/Getty Images for TAS

    Taylor Swift (WINNER)

    Camila Cabello

    Cardi B

    Halsey

    Demi Lovato

  • Top Duo/Group

    Imagine Dragons
    Imagine Dragons
    Donald Traill/Invision/AP

    Imagine Dragons (WINNER)

    The Chainsmokers

    Coldplay

    Migos

    U2

  • Top Billboard 200 Artist

    Drake
    Drake
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    Drake (WINNER)

    Kendrick Lamar

    Ed Sheeran

    Chris Stapleton

    Taylor Swift

  • Top Hot 100 Artist

    Ed Sheeran
    Ed Sheeran
    Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

    Ed Sheeran (WINNER)

    Imagine Dragons

    Kendrick Lamar

    Bruno Mars

    Post Malone

  • Top Streaming Songs Artist

    Kendrick Lamar
    Kendrick Lamar
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    Kendrick Lamar (WINNER)

    Cardi B

    Drake

    Post Malone

    Ed Sheeran

     

  • Top Song Sales Artist

    Ed Sheeran
    Ed Sheeran
    Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage

    Ed Sheeran (WINNER)

    Imagine Dragons

    Kendrick Lamar

    Bruno Mars

    Post Malone

  • Top Radio Songs Artist

    Ed Sheeran
    Ed Sheeran
    Amanda Edwards/WireImage

    Ed Sheeran (WINNER)

    Halsey

    Imagine Dragons

    Bruno Mars

    Charlie Puth

  • Top Social Artist

    BTS
    BTS
    Getty

    BTS (WINNER)

    Justin Bieber

    Ariana Grande

    Demi Lovato

    Shawn Mendes

  • Top Touring Artist

    U2
    U2
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    U2 (WINNER)

    Coldplay

    Guns N’ Roses

    Bruno Mars

    Ed Sheeran

  • Top R&B Artist

    Bruno Mars
    Bruno Mars
    Dave Hogan/MTV 2016

    Bruno Mars (WINNER)

    Chris Brown

    Khalid

    SZA

    The Weeknd

  • Top R&B Male Artist

    Bruno Mars
    Bruno Mars
    David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

    Bruno Mars (WINNER)

    Khalid

    The Weeknd

  • Top R&B Female Artist

    SZA
    SZA
    Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Mastercard

    SZA (WINNER)

    Beyonce

    Rihanna

  • Top R&B Tour

    Bruno Mars
    Bruno Mars
    Matthew Eisman/WireImage

    Bruno Mars (WINNER)

    Lionel Richie

    The Weeknd

  • Top Rap Artist

    Kendrick Lamar
    Kendrick Lamar
    Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

    Kendrick Lamar (WINNER)

    Drake

    Lil Uzi Vert

    Migos

    Post Malone

  • Top Rap Male Artist

    Kendrick Lamar
    Kendrick Lamar
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    Kendrick Lamar (WINNER)

    Drake

    Post Malone

  • Top Rap Female Artist

    Cardi B
    Cardi B
    Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella

    Cardi B (WINNER)

    Bhad Bhabie

    Nicki Minaj

  • Top Rap Tour

    Jay-Z
    Jay-Z
    Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

    Jay-Z (WINNER)

    J. Cole

    Kendrick Lamar

  • Top Country Artist

    Chris Stapleton
    Chris Stapleton
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    Chris Stapleton (WINNER)

    Kane Brown

    Luke Combs

    Sam Hunt

    Thomas Rhett

  • Top Country Male Artist

    Chris Stapleton
    Chris Stapleton
    AP Images

    Chris Stapleton (WINNER)

    Sam Hunt

    Thomas Rhett

  • Top Country Female Artist

    Maren Morris
    Maren Morris
    Monica Schipper/WireImage

    Maren Morris (WINNER)

    Kelsea Ballerini

    Miranda Lambert

  • Top Country Duo/Group Artist

    Florida Georgia Line
    Florida Georgia Line
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    Florida Georgia Line (WINNER)

    Old Dominion

    Zac Brown Band

  • Top Country Tour

    Luke Bryan
    Luke Bryan

    Luke Bryan (WINNER)

    Florida Georgia Line

    Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

  • Top Rock Artist

    Imagine Dragons
    Imagine Dragons
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    Imagine Dragons (WINNER)

    Linkin Park

    Portugal. The Man

    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

    twenty one pilots

  • Top Rock Tour

    U2
    U2
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    U2 (WINNER)

    Coldplay

    Guns N’ Roses

  • Top Latin Artist

    Ozuna
    Ozuna
    Getty Images

    Ozuna (WINNER)

    Romeo Santos

    J Balvin

    Daddy Yankee

    Luis Fonsi

    Romeo Santos

  • Top Dance/Electronic Artist

    Chainsmokers
    Chainsmokers
    Brad Barket/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

    The Chainsmokers (WINNER)

    Calvin Harris

    Kygo

    Marshmello

    ODESZA

  • Top Christian Artist

    MercyMe
    MercyMe
    Getty Images

    MercyMe (WINNER)

    Elevation Worship

    Hillsong UNITED

    Hillsong Worship

    Zach Williams

  • Top Gospel Artist

    Tasha Cobbs Leonard
    Tasha Cobbs Leonard
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    Tasha Cobbs Leonard (WINNER)

    Anthony Brown & group therAPy

    Travis Greene

    J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise

    Tamela Mann

  • Top Billboard 200 Album

    Kendrick Lamar
    Kendrick Lamar
    Dave Benett/Getty Images

    Kendrick Lamar “DAMN.” (WINNER)

    Drake “More Life”

    Post Malone “Stoney”

    Ed Sheeran “÷ (Divide)”

    Taylor Swift “reputation”

  • Top Selling Album

    Taylor Swift
    Taylor Swift
    Mike Windle/Getty Images

    Taylor Swift “reputation” (WINNER)

    Kendrick Lamar “DAMN.”

    P!nk “Beautiful Trauma”

    Ed Sheeran “÷ (Divide)”

    Chris Stapleton “From A Room: Volume 1"

  • Top Soundtrack

    'Moana'
    'Moana'
    Courtesy of Disney

    “Moana” (WINNER)

    “Black Panther”

    “The Fate of the Furious: The Album”

    “The Greatest Showman”

    “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2”

  • Top R&B Album

    Bruno Mars
    Bruno Mars
    Getty Images

    Bruno Mars “24K Magic” (WINNER)

    Khalid “American Teen”

    SZA “CTRL”

    The Weeknd “Starboy”

    XXXTENTATION “17”

  • Top Rap Album

    Kendrick Lamar
    Kendrick Lamar
    Kevin Winter/Getty Images

    Kendrick Lamar “DAMN.” (WINNER)

    Drake “More Life”

    Lil Uzi Vert “Luv Is Rage 2”

    Migos “Culture”

    Post Malone “Stoney”

  • Top Country Album

    Chris Stapleton
    Chris Stapleton
    Kevin Winter/Getty Images

    Chris Stapleton “From A Room: Volume 1” (WINNER)

    Kane Brown “Kane Brown”

    Luke Combs “This One’s For You”

    Thomas Rhett “Life Changes”

    Brett Young “Brett Young”

  • Top Rock Album

    Imagine Dragons
    Imagine Dragons
    Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

    Imagine Dragons “Evolve” (WINNER)

    Linkin Park “One More Light”

    Panic! At The Disco “Death of a Bachelor”

    Portugal. The Man “Woodstock”

    U2 “Songs of Experience”

  • Top Latin Album

    Ozuna
    Ozuna
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    Ozuna “Odisea” (WINNER)

    Nicky Jam “Fenix”

    Christian Nodal “Me Deje Llevar”

    Romeo Santos “Golden”

    Shakira “El Dorado”

  • Top Dance/Electronic Album

    Chainsmokers
    Chainsmokers
    Steve Granitz/Getty Images

    The Chainsmokers “Memories…Do Not Open” (WINNER)

    Avicii “AVĨCI (01)”

    Calvin Harris “Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1”

    Kygo “Stargazing”

    ODESZA “A Moment Apart”

  • Top Christian Album

    Alan Jackson
    Alan Jackson
    AP Images

    Alan Jackson “Precious Memories Collection” (WINNER)

    Elevation Worship “There Is A Cloud”

    Hillsong UNITED “Wonder”

    Hillsong Worship “Let There Be Light”

    MercyMe “Lifer”

  • Top Gospel Album

    Tasha Cobbs Leonard
    Tasha Cobbs Leonard
    Getty Images

    Tasha Cobbs Leonard “Heart. Passion. Pursuit” (WINNER)

    Anthony Brown & group therAPy “A Long Way From Sunday”

    Travis Greene “Crossover: Live From Music City”

    J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise “You Deserve It”

    Marvin Sapp “Close”

  • Top Hot 100 Song

    "Despacito"
    "Despacito"

    Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito” (WINNER)

    Kendrick Lamar “Humble.”

    Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like”

    Post Malone ft. 21 Savage “Rockstar”

    Ed Sheeran “Shape Of You”

  • Top Streaming Song (Audio)

    Kendrick Lamar
    Kendrick Lamar
    Getty Images

    Kendrick Lamar “Humble.” (WINNER)

    Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito”

    Lil Uzi Vert “XO Tour LLIF3”

    Post Malone ft. 21 Savage “Rockstar”

    Post Malone ft. Quavo “Congratulations”

  • Top Streaming Song (Video)

    "Despacito"
    "Despacito"

    Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito” (WINNER)

    Cardi B “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”

    Lil Pump “Gucci Gang”

    Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like”

    Ed Sheeran” Shape of You”

  • Top Selling Song

    Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee
    Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee
    Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

    Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito” (WINNER)

    Sam Hunt “Body Like A Back Road”

    Imagine Dragons “Believer”

    Imagine Dragons “Thunder”

    Ed Sheeran “Perfect”

  • Top Radio Song

    Ed Sheeran
    Ed Sheeran
    Getty Images

    Ed Sheeran ”Shape of You” (WINNER)

    The Chainsmokers & Coldplay “Something Just Like This”

    Imagine Dragons “Believer”

    Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like”

    Charlie Puth “Attention”

  • Top Collaboration

    Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee
    Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee
    Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

    Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee v Justin Bieber “Despacito” (WINNER)

    Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug “Havana”

    The Chainsmokers & Coldplay “Something Just Like This”

    French Montana ft. Swae Lee “Unforgettable”

    Post Malone ft. 21 Savage “Rockstar”

  • Top R&B Song

    Bruno Mars
    Bruno Mars
    Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS

    Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like” (WINNER)

    Childish Gambino “Redbone”

    DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller “Wild Thoughts”

    Khalid “Young Dumb & Broke”

    Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B “Finesse”

  • Top Rap Song

    Post Malone
    Post Malone
    Getty Images

    Post Malone ft. 21 Savage “Rockstar” (WINNER)

    Cardi B “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”

    DJ Khaled ft.Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne “I’m The One

    French Montana ft. Swae Lee “Unforgettable”

    Kendrick Lamar “Humble.”

  • Top Country Song

    Sam Hunt
    Sam Hunt
    Getty Images

    Sam Hunt “Body Like A Back Road” (WINNER)

    Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina “What Ifs”

    Dustin Lynch “Small Town Boy”

    Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant To Be”

    Brett Young “In Case You Didn’t Know”

     

  • Top Rock Song

    Imagine Dragons
    Imagine Dragons
    Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABC

    Imagine Dragons “Believer” (WINNER)

    Imagine Dragons “Thunder”

    Linkin Park ft. Kiiara “Heavy”

    Portugal. The Man “Feel It Still”

    The Revivalists “Wish I Knew You”

  • Top Latin Song

    Luis Fonsi
    Luis Fonsi
    Getty

    Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito” (WINNER)

    J Balvin & Willy William Ft. Beyonce “Mi Gente”

    Becky G ft. Bad Bunny ”Mayores”

    Maluma “Felices Los 4”

    Wisin ft. Ozuna “Escapate Conmigo”

  • Top Dance/Electronic Song

    Chainsmokers
    Chainsmokers
    Brad Barket/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

    The Chainsmokers & Coldplay “Something Just Like This” (WINNER)

    Cheat Codes ft. Demi Lovato “No Promises”

    Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul & Ann-Marie “Rockabye”

    Kygo & Selena Gomez “It Ain’t Me”

    Zedd & Alessia Cara “Stay”

  • Top Christian Song

    Hillsong Worship
    Hillsong Worship
    Getty Images

    Hillsong Worship “What A Beautiful Name” (WINNER)

    Elevation Worship “O Come To The Altar”

    Lecrae ft. Tori Kelly “I’ll Find You”

    MercyMe “Even If”

    Zach Williams “Old Church Choir”

     

  • Top Gospel Song

    J.J. Hairston
    J.J. Hairston
    Getty Images

    J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise “You Deserve It” (WINNER)

    Anthony Brown & group therAPy “Trust In You”

    Travis Greene “You Waited”

    Tamela Mann “Change Me”

    Charlie Wilson “I’m Blessed”

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