Post Malone leads 2020 Billboard Music Awards nominations

Post Malone leads with 16 nominations

Dick Clark Productions and NBC have announced the nominees for the 2020 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs), which honor the year’s most successful artists in 55 categories across all genres of music. Rapper Post Malone leads the pack with 16 Billboard Music Award nods, followed by first-time nominees Lil Nas X with 13 and Billie Eilish with 12. BBMA winner Khalid ties Eilish with 12 nominations. Other nominees and possible record breakers include first-time nominee Lizzo (11), Kanye West (9), Taylor Swift (6), and Justin Bieber (4).

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards, hosted by Kelly Clarkson, will broadcast live from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, October 14th at 8 pm ET on NBC.

This year’s awards are based on the chart period of March 23, 2019 through March 14, 2020, set for the originally scheduled April 29, 2020 show, which was postponed due to the pandemic. The original eligibility period will remain intact to recognize and honor the chart-topping artists and musical successes achieved and to maintain consistent tracking periods for future shows.

Post Malone earned nominations in coveted categories including Top Artist, Top Male Artist and Top Billboard 200 Artist, notching a total of 16 nods and only narrowly missing his personal record of 17 nominations in 2019. He is also a double nominee in the Top Rap Song category. Lil Nas X received 13 nominations, with nods in many of the same categories, including Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Hot 100 Artist. Khalid and Billie Eilish are tied for third-most nominations this year with 12 each, marking Eilish’s BBMA nominations debut. Lizzo received a total of 11 nominations, including Top New Artist, and Kanye West follows with 9, including a quadruple nomination in the Top Gospel Song category.

Fan-voted categories this year include Billboard Chart Achievement Award, Top Social Artist and Top Collaboration. Voting opens on October 1, 2020 and will be available on TikTok, this year’s primary voting platform, reflecting its increasing impact on music and role as a staging ground for chart-topping hits.

Billboard Music Awards nominees and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including MRC Data/Nielsen Music. Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of artists, songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of success in music.

Top Artist:
  • Billie Eilish
  • Jonas Brothers
  • Khalid
  • Post Malone
  • Taylor Swift
Top New Artist:
  • DaBaby
  • Billie Eilish
  • Lil Nas X
  • Lizzo
  • Roddy Ricch
Billboard Chart Achievement Award (Fan Voted):
  • Mariah Carey
  • Luke Combs
  • Lil Nas X
  • Harry Styles
  • Taylor Swift
Top Male Artist:
  • DaBaby
  • Khalid
  • Lil Nas X
  • Post Malone
  • Ed Sheeran
Top Female Artist:
  • Billie Eilish
  • Ariana Grande
  • Halsey
  • Lizzo
  • Taylor Swift
Top Duo/Group:
  • BTS
  • Dan + Shay
  • Jonas Brothers
  • Maroon 5
  • Panic! At The Disco
Top Billboard 200 Artist:
  • Drake
  • Billie Eilish
  • Khalid
  • Post Malone
  • Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 Artist:
  • DaBaby
  • Billie Eilish
  • Khalid
  • Lil Nas X
  • Post Malone
Top Streaming Songs Artist:
  • DaBaby
  • Billie Eilish
  • Lil Nas X
  • Post Malone
  • Travis Scott
Top Song Sales Artist:
  • Billie Eilish
  • Lil Nas X
  • Lizzo
  • Post Malone
  • Taylor Swift
Top Radio Songs Artist:
  • Jonas Brothers
  • Khalid
  • Lizzo
  • Shawn Mendes
  • Post Malone
Top Social Artist (Fan Voted):
  • BTS
  • Billie Eilish
  • EXO
  • GOT7
  • Ariana Grande
Top Touring Artist:
  • Elton John
  • Metallica
  • P!nk
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Ed Sheeran
Top R&B Artist:
  • Chris Brown
  • Khalid
  • Lizzo
  • Summer Walker
  • The Weeknd
Top R&B Male Artist:
  • Chris Brown
  • Khalid
  • The Weeknd
Top R&B Female Artist:
  • Beyoncé
  • Lizzo
  • Summer Walker
Top R&B Tour:
  • B2K
  • Janet Jackson
  • Khalid
Top Rap Artist:
  • DaBaby
  • Juice WRLD
  • Lil Nas X
  • Post Malone
  • Roddy Ricch
Top Rap Male Artist:
  • DaBaby
  • Lil Nas X
  • Post Malone
Top Rap Female Artist:
  • Cardi B
  • City Girls
  • Megan Thee Stallion
Top Rap Tour:
  • Drake
  • Post Malone
  • Travis Scott
Top Country Artist:
  • Kane Brown
  • Luke Combs
  • Dan + Shay
  • Maren Morris
  • Thomas Rhett
Top Country Male Artist:
  • Kane Brown
  • Luke Combs
  • Thomas Rhett
Top Country Female Artist:
  • Maren Morris
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Carrie Underwood
Top Country Duo/Group:
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Old Dominion
Top Country Tour:
  • Eric Church
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • George Strait
Top Rock Artist:
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Panic! At The Disco
  • Tame Impala
  • Tool
  • twenty one pilots
Top Rock Tour:
  • Elton John
  • Metallica
  • The Rolling Stones
Top Latin Artist:
  • Anuel AA
  • Bad Bunny
  • J Balvin
  • Ozuna
  • Romeo Santos
Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
  • Avicii
  • The Chainsmokers
  • DJ Snake
  • Illenium
  • Marshmello
Top Christian Artist:
  • Lauren Daigle
  • Elevation Worship
  • for KING & COUNTRY
  • Hillsong UNITED
  • Kanye West
Top Gospel Artist:
  • Kirk Franklin
  • Koryn Hawthorne
  • Tasha Cobbs Leonard
  • Sunday Service Choir
  • Kanye West
Top Billboard 200 Album:
  • Billie Eilish “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”
  • Ariana Grande “thank u, next”
  • Khalid “Free Spirit”
  • Post Malone “Hollywood’s Bleeding”
  • Taylor Swift “Lover”
Top Soundtrack:
  • “Aladdin”
  • “Descendants 3”
  • “Frozen II”
  • “K-12” by Melanie Martinez
  • “The Dirt” by Mötley Crüe
Top R&B Album:
  • Beyoncé “Homecoming: The Live Album”
  • Justin Bieber “Changes”
  • Chris Brown “Indigo”
  • Khalid “Free Spirit”
  • Summer Walker “Over It”
Top Rap Album:
  • DaBaby “KIRK”
  • Juice WRLD “Death Race For Love”
  • Post Malone “Hollywood’s Bleeding”
  • Roddy Ricch “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial”
  • Young Thug “So Much Fun”
Top Country Album:
  • Kane Brown “Experiment”
  • Luke Combs “What You See Is What You Get”
  • Maren Morris “GIRL”
  • Thomas Rhett “Center Point Road”
  • Morgan Wallen “If I Know Me”
Top Rock Album:
  • The Lumineers “III”
  • Slipknot “We Are Not Your Kind”
  • Tame Impala “The Slow Rush”
  • Tool “Fear Inoculum”
  • Vampire Weekend “Father of the Bride”
Top Latin Album:
  • J Balvin & Bad Bunny “Oasis”
  • Farruko “Gangalee”
  • Maluma “11:11”
  • Romeo Santos “Utopía”
  • Sech “Sueños”
Top Dance/Electronic Album:
  • Avicii “TIM”
  • The Chainsmokers “World War Joy”
  • Illenium “Ascend”
  • Marshmello “Marshmello: Fortnite Extended Set”
  • Alan Walker “Different World”
Top Christian Album:
  • Bethel Music “Victory: Recorded Live”
  • Casting Crowns “Only Jesus”
  • Hillsong UNITED “People”
  • Skillet “Victorious”
  • Kanye West “Jesus is King”
Top Gospel AlbumL
  • Kirk Franklin “Long Live Love”
  • Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers “Goshen”
  • William McDowell “The Cry: A Live Worship Experience”
  • Sunday Service Choir “Jesus Is Born”
  • Kanye West “Jesus is King”
Top Hot 100 Song:
  • Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved”
  • Billie Eilish “bad guy”
  • Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
  • Lizzo “Truth Hurts”
  • Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Señorita”
Top Streaming Song:
  • Chris Brown ft. Drake “No Guidance”
  • Billie Eilish “bad guy”
  • Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
  • Lil Tecca “Ran$om”
  • Post Malone & Swae Lee “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”
Top Selling Song:
  • Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved”
  • Billie Eilish “bad guy”
  • Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
  • Lizzo “Truth Hurts”
  • Blake Shelton “God’s Country”
Top Radio Song:
  • Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved”
  • Jonas Brothers “Sucker”
  • Khalid “Talk”
  • Lizzo “Truth Hurts”
  • Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber “I Don’t Care”
Top Collaboration (Fan Voted):
  • Chris Brown ft. Drake “No Guidance”
  • Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
  • Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Señorita”
  • Post Malone & Swae Lee “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”
  • Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber “I Don’t Care”
Top R&B Song:
  • Chris Brown ft. Drake “No Guidance”
  • Doja Cat & Tyga “Juicy”
  • Khalid “Talk”
  • Lizzo “Good As Hell”
  • The Weeknd “Heartless”
Top Rap Song:
  • Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
  • Lil Tecca “Ran$om”
  • Lizzo “Truth Hurts”
  • Post Malone & Swae Lee “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”
  • Post Malone “Wow.”
Top Country Song:
  • Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber “10,000 Hours”
  • Maren Morris “The Bones”
  • Old Dominion “One Man Band”
  • Blake Shelton “God’s Country”
  • Morgan Wallen “Whiskey Glasses”
Top Rock Song:
  • Imagine Dragons “Bad Liar”
  • Machine Gun Kelly x YUNGBLUD x Travis Barker “I Think I’m Okay”
  • Panic! At The Disco “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”
  • twenty one pilots “Chlorine”
  • twenty one pilots “The Hype”
Top Latin Song:
  • Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Ozuna & J Balvin “China”
  • Bad Bunny & Tainy “Callaita”
  • Daddy Yankee ft. Snow “Con Calma”
  • Jhay Cortez, J Balvin, & Bad Bunny “No Me Conoce”
  • Sech ft. Darell, Nicky Jam, Ozuna, Anuel AA “Otro Trago”
Top Dance/Electronic Song:
  • Black Eyed Peas x J Balvin “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)”
  • Ellie Goulding x Diplo ft. Swae Lee “Close To Me”
  • Illenium & Jon Bellion “Good Things Fall Apart”
  • Kygo x Whitney Houston “Higher Love”
  • Marshmello ft. CHVRCHES “Here With Me”
Top Christian Song:
  • Bethel Music, Jonathan David Helser & Melissa Helser “Raise A Hallelujah”
  • Casting Crowns ft. Matthew West “Nobody”
  • Lauren Daigle “Rescue”
  • for KING & COUNTRY “God Only Knows”
  • Kanye West “Follow God”
Top Gospel Song:
  • Kirk Franklin “Love Theory”
  • Kanye West “Closed on Sunday”
  • Kanye West “Follow God”
  • Kanye West “On God”
  • Kanye West “Selah”

Author: Buddy Iahn

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