Rihanna and Lil Wayne
4.19.2012

Rihanna, Lil Wayne Among Top Billboard Music Awards Finalists

Adele, LMFAO, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Lil Wayne lead the finalists for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, it was announced today.

Adele keeps rolling in the accolades. The British powerhouse is a finalist in 18 categories including Top Artist, Top Female Artist, and Top Billboard 200 Artist, while electro-pop duo LMFAO follows in 17 award categories.

Last year’s leader Rihanna scores recognition in 13 categories this year, while Lil Wayne and Lady Gaga tie with 10 categories.

Adele, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, and Katy Perry will compete for Top Artist, while the Top New Artist category welcomes Wiz Khalifa, Bad Meets Evil, Big Sean, Foster the People, and Scotty McCreery.

The show will air live from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on May 20 with performances from Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, LMFAO, and The Wanted. More performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

2012 Billboard Music Awards Finalists

Top Artist
Adele
Lady Gaga
Lil Wayne
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Top Hot 100 Song
“Rolling in the Deep” – Adele
“Party Rock Anthem” – LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett and GoonRock
“Moves Like Jagger” – Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
“E.T.” – Katy Perry feat. Kanye West
“Give Me Everything” – Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer

Top Billboard 200 Album
21 – Adele
Christmas – Michael Bublé
Take Care – Drake
Born This Way – Lady Gaga
Tha Carter IV – Lil Wayne

Top New Artist
Bad Meets Evil
Big Sean
Foster the People
Scotty McCreery
Wiz Khalifa

Top Male Artist
Justin Bieber
Chris Brown
Drake
Lil Wayne
Bruno Mars

Top Female Artist
Adele
Lady Gaga
Nicki Minaj
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Top Hot 100 Artist
Adele
LMFAO
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Top Billboard 200 Artist
Adele
Justin Bieber
Michael Bublé
Lady Gaga
Lil Wayne

Top Digital Songs Artist
Adele
LMFAO
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Top Radio Songs Artist
Adele
Katy Perry
Bruno Mars
Rihanna
Nicki Minaj

Top R&B Artist
Beyoncé
Chris Brown
Cee Lo Green
Miguel
Rihanna

Top Rap Artist
Drake
Lil Wayne
LMFAO
Wiz Khalifa
Nicki Minaj

See the full list of finalists here.