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4.10.2017

Drake Leads Billboard Music Awards Nominations

There are more trophies in Drake’s future. The More Life rapper leads the nominees for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.

The 6 God, along with The Chainsmokers, racks up 22 nominations ahead of this year’s May 21 event. Drake is nominated in categories including Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, and Top Songs Sales Artist, among others.

He faces off against J. Cole, Desiigner, Future, and Rae Sremmurd for Top Rap Artist. Meanwhile, Views will battle J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only, Kevin Gates’ Isla, DJ Khaled’s Major Key, and A Tribe Called Quest’s We Got It From Here…Thank You For Your Service in the Top Rap Album category.

Drizzy also leads the way in some R&B categories. His WizKid and Kyla-assisted “One Dance” is up against his RiRi collaboration “Work” for Top R&B Song. Both tracks will duke it out with Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic,” Rihanna’s “Needed Me,” and The Weeknd’s Daft Punk-assisted “Starboy” for that title.

Behind Drake’s 22 nods are Rihanna with 14, The Weeknd with 13, and Beyoncé with 8 nominations. All of these artists are up against one another in the Top Artist category, which also includes Adele, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, and Twenty One Pilots.

The 2017 Billboard Music Awards are set to air May 21 on ABC.

2017 Billboard Music Awards Nominees

Top Artist
Adele
Beyoncé
Justin Bieber
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd

Top New Artist
Alessia Cara
Desiigner
Lil Uzi Vert
Lukas Graham
Zayn

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Luke Bryan
Nicki Minaj
The Chainsmokers
The Weeknd
Twenty One Pilots

Top Male Artist
Justin Bieber
Drake
Future
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd

Top Female Artist
Adele
Beyoncé
Ariana Grande
Rihanna
Sia

Top Billboard 200 Artist
Beyoncé
Drake
Prince
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd

Top Hot 100 Artist
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots
The Weeknd

Top Song Sales Artist
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Prince
Justin Timberlake
Twenty One Pilots

Top Radio Songs Artist
Justin Bieber
The Chainsmokers
Drake
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots

Top Streaming Songs Artist
The Chainsmokers
Desiigner
Drake
Rihanna
Twenty One Pilots

Top Touring Artist
Justin Bieber

Beyoncé

Coldplay

Guns N’ Roses

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band



Top R&B Artist

Beyoncé

Bruno Mars

Frank Ocean

Rihanna

The Weeknd



Top R&B Tour

Beyoncé

Lionel Richie

Rihanna



Top Rap Artist

J. Cole

Desiigner

Drake

Future

Rae Sremmurd



Top Rap Tour

Drake

Future

Kanye West

Top Gospel Artist
Jekalyn Carr
Kirk Franklin
Travis Greene
Tamela Mann
Hezekiah Walker

Top Billboard 200 Album
Beyoncé, Lemonade
Drake, Views
Rihanna, ANTI
Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface
The Weeknd, Starboy

Top Soundtrack/Cast Album
Hamilton: An American Musical
Moana
Purple Rain
Suicide Squad: The Album
Trolls

Top R&B Album
Beyoncé, Lemonade
Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
Frank Ocean, Blonde
Rihanna, ANTI
The Weeknd, Starboy

Top Rap Album
J. Cole, 4 Your Eyez Only
Drake, Views
Kevin Gates, Isla
DJ Khaled, Major Key
A Tribe Called Quest, We Got It From Here…Thank You For Your Service

Top R&B Song
Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance”
Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”
Rihanna, “Needed Me”
Rihanna Featuring Drake, “Work”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk, “Starboy”

Top R&B Collaboration
Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance”
PARTYNEXTDOOR Featuring Drake, “Come and See Me”
Rihanna Featuring Drake, “Work”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk, “I Feel It Coming”
The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk, “Starboy”

Top Rap Song
Desiigner, “Panda”
Drake, “Fake Love”
D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty, “Broccoli”
Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad and Boujee”
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”

Top Rap Collaboration
D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty, “Broccoli”
Zay Hilfigerr & Zayion McCall, “JuJu On That Beat (TZ Anthem)”
Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello, “Bad Things”
Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad and Boujee”
Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”

Top Gospel Song
Jekalyn Carr, “You’re Bigger”
Tasha Cobbs, Featuring Kierra Sheard “Put A Praise On It”
Kirk Franklin, “Wanna Be Happy??”
Travis Greene, “Made A Way”
Hezekiah Walker, “Better”