Billboard Nominations 2018: Full List Of BBMA Nominees

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards take place May 20, 2018 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2018 ceremony will be hosted by Kelly Clarkson. This year, the BBMA will air on NBC for the first time ever. On Tuesday, April 18, the nominations for the top awards were announced on NBC’s Today and Facebook.

Nominees for the Billboard Music Awards are selected based on album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring, social engagement, and other factors tracked by Billboard over a yearly period.

This year’s award for Top Artist is between Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, and Taylor Swift. Swift is also up for Top Female Artist, along with Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Halsey, and Demi Lovato. The Top Male Artist will go to either Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Post Malone, or Ed Sheeran.

The full list of nominations can be seen below.


Billboard Music Awards 2018 Nominations

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Top Artist

  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Bruno Mars
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Taylor Swift

Top Female Artist

  • Camila Cabello
  • Cardi B
  • Halsey
  • Demi Lovato
  • Taylor Swift

Top Male Artist

  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Bruno Mars
  • Post Malone
  • Ed Sheeran

Top Selling Album

  • Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  • Pink, Beautiful Trauma
  • Ed Sheeran, Divide
  • Chris Stapleton, From a Room: Volume 1
  • Taylor Swift, Reputation

Top Hot 100 Song

  • Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, “Despacito (feat. Justin Bieber)”
  • Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”
  • Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
  • Post Malone, “Rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)”
  • Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”

Top New Artist

  • 21 Savage
  • Camila Cabello
  • Cardi B
  • Khalid
  • Kodak Black

Top Country Song

  • Kane Brown, “What Ifs (feat. Lauren Alaina)”
  • Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road”
  • Dustin Lynch, “Small Town Boy”
  • Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be”
  • Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know”
Top Duo/Group
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Coldplay
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Migos
  • U2

Top Billboard 200 Artist

  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist

  • Imagine Dragons
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Bruno Mars
  • Post Malone
  • Ed Sheeran

Top Streaming Songs Artist

  • Cardi B
  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Post Malone
  • Ed Sheeran

Top Song Sales Artist

  • Imagine Dragons
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Bruno Mars
  • Post Malone
  • Ed Sheeran

Top Radio Songs Artist

  • Halsey
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Bruno Mars
  • Charlie Puth
  • Ed Sheeran

Top Social Artist

  • Justin Bieber
  • BTS
  • Ariana Grande
  • Demi Lovato
  • Shawn Mendes

Billboard Chart Achievement Award

  • Camila Cabello
  • Cardi B
  • Drake
  • Sam Hunt
  • Ed Sheeran
Top R&B Artist

  • Chris Brown
  • Khalid
  • Bruno Mars
  • SZA
  • The Weeknd

Top R&B Male Artist

  • Khalid
  • Bruno Mars
  • The Weeknd

Top R&B Female Artist

  • Beyoncé
  • Rihanna
  • SZA

Top R&B Tour

  • Bruno Mars
  • Lionel Richie
  • The Weeknd

Top Rap Artist

  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Lil Uzi Vert
  • Migos
  • Post Malone

Top Rap Male Artist

  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Post Malone

Top Rap Female Artist

  • Cardi B
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Bhad Bhabie

Top Rap Tour 

  • J. Cole
  • Jay-Z
  • Kendrick Lamar

Top Country Artist

  • Kane Brown
  • Luke Combs
  • Sam Hunt
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton

Top Country Male Artist

  • Sam Hunt
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton

Top Country Female Artist

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Maren Morris

Top Country Duo/Group Artist

  • Old Dominion
  • Zac Brown Band
  • Florida Georgia Line

Top Country Tour

  • Luke Bryan
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Top Rock Artist

  • Imagine Dragons
  • Linkin Park
  • Portugal. the Man
  • Tom Petty
  • Twenty One Pilots

Top Rock Tour

  • Coldplay
  • Guns N’ Roses
  • U2

Top Latin Artist

  • J Balvin
  • Daddy Yankee
  • Luis Fonsi
  • Ozuna
  • Romeo Santos
Top Dance/Electronic Artist

  • The Chainsmokers
  • Calvin Harris
  • Kygo
  • Marshmello
  • Odesza

Top Christian Artist

  • Elevation Worship
  • Hillsong United
  • Hillsong Worship
  • MercyMe
  • Zach Williams

Top Gospel Artist

  • Anthony Brown & Group Therapy
  • Travis Greene
  • J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise
  • Tasha Cobbs Leonard
  • Tamela Mann

Top Billboard 200 Album

  • Drake, More Life
  • Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  • Post Malone, Stoney
  • Ed Sheeran, Divide
  • Taylor Swift, Reputation

Top R&B Album

  • Khalid, American Teen
  • Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  • SZA, Ctrl
  • The Weeknd, Starboy
  • Xxxtentacion17

Top Rap Album

  • Drake, More Life
  • Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
  • Lil Uzi Vert, Luv Is Rage 2
  • Migos, Culture
  • Post Malone, Stoney

Top Country Album

  • Kane Brown, Kane Brown
  • Luke Combs, This One’s For You
  • Thomas Rhett, Life Changes
  • Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1
  • Brett Young, Brett Young
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