U2 and the Rollings Stones Up For Two Billboard Music Awards

Billboards has announced their finalists for the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

Unlike other awards shows, the nominations and winners are not based on artistic merit or fan votes, but on the Billboard charts for, in this case, April 11, 2015 through April 2, 2016. The top five ranking artists or recordings become the nominees and the winner being the number 1 for the period.

From 1989 to 2006, the awards were held in December of each year as a way to announce the year-end issues number 1's. Since being revived in 2011, the awards have been moved to the spring with the reporting period representing a different period from the year-end charts.

Among veteran artists, U2 and the Rolling Stones are both up for two awards, Top Duo/Group and Top Touring Artist. Madonna is also included in the latter category.

The top veteran overall is Juan Gabriel who has three nominations in two categories, Top Latin Artist and Top Latin Album for Los Duo and Mis Número 1…40 Aniversario.

Other veteran artists nominated include Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Dr. Dre, Chris Tomlin, Kirk Franklin and Enrique Iglesias.

Among modern artists, The Weeknd leads all with 19 nominations in 16 categories followed by Justin Bieber with 12 in 11 categories.

The awards will be held on May 22 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The nominations with veteran artists in bold:

Top Artist
  • Adele
  • Justin Bieber
  • Drake
  • Taylor Swift
  • The Weeknd
Top New Artist
  • Fetty Wap
  • OMI
  • Charlie Puth
  • ​Silentó
  • Bryson Tiller
Top Male Artist
  • Justin Bieber
  • Drake
  • Fetty Wap
  • Ed Sheeran
  • The Weeknd
Top Female Artist
  • Adele
  • Selena Gomez
  • ​Ariana Grande
  • Rihanna
  • Taylor Swift
Top Duo/Group
  • Maroon 5
  • One Direction
  • twenty one pilots
  • The Rolling Stones
  • U2
Top Billboard 200 Artist
  • Adele
  • Justin Bieber
  • Drake
  • Taylor Swift
  • The Weeknd
Top Hot 100 Artist
  • Justin Bieber
  • Drake
  • Fetty Wap
  • Taylor Swift
  • The Weeknd
Top Song Sales Artist
  • Adele
  • Justin Bieber
  • Drake
  • Fetty Wap
  • The Weeknd
Top Radio Songs Artist
  • Justin Bieber
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Taylor Swift
  • The Weeknd
Top Streaming Songs Artist
  • Justin Bieber
  • Drake
  • Fetty Wap
  • ​Silentó
  • The Weeknd
Top Social Media Artist
  • Justin Bieber
  • Selena Gomez
  • ​Ariana Grande
  • Demi Lovato
  • Taylor Swift
Top Touring Artist
  • Madonna
  • One Direction
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Taylor Swift
  • U2
Top R&B Artist:
  • Chris Brown
  • ​Jeremih
  • Rihanna
  • Bryson Tiller
  • The Weeknd
Top Rap Artist
  • Drake
  • Fetty Wap
  • Future
  • Wiz Khalifa
  • Silentó
Top Country Artist
  • Zac Brown Band
  • Luke Bryan
  • Sam Hunt
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Carrie Underwood
Top Rock Artist
  • Fall Out Boy
  • Elle King
  • twenty one pilots
  • Walk the Moon
  • X Ambassadors
Top Latin Artist
  • Banda Sinaloense MS De Sergio Lizárraga
  • Juan Gabriel
  • Nicky Jam
  • Ariel Camacho y Los Pleces del Rancho
  • Romeo Santos
Top Dance/Electronic Artist
  • The Chainsmokers
  • DJ Snake
  • David Guetta
  • Major Lazer
  • ​Zedd
Top Christian Artist
  • Casting Crowns
  • Lauren Daigle
  • ​Hillsong United
  • MercyMe
  • Chris Tomlin
Top Gospel Artist
  • Anthony Brown and group therAPy
  • Tasha Cobbs
  • Kirk Franklin
  • Travis Greene
  • Marvin Sapp
Top Billboard 200 Album
  • Adele - 25
  • Justin Bieber - Purpose
  • Ed Sheeran - x
  • Taylor Swift - 1989
  • The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness
Top Soundtrack
  • Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Furious 7
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
  • Pitch Perfect 2
Top R&B Album
  • Chris Brown - Royalty
  • Rihanna - Anti
  • Bryson Tiller - T R A P S O U L
  • ​Tyrese - Black Rose
  • The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness
Top Rap Album
  • Drake - If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  • Drake & Future - What A Time To Be Alive
  • Dr. Dre - Compton
  • Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
  • Meek Mill - Dreams Worth More Than Money
Top Country Album
  • Chris Stapleton - Traveller
  • Luke Bryan - Kill The Lights
  • Sam Hunt - Montevallo
  • Zac Brown Band - Jekyll + Hyde
  • Carrie Underwood - Storyteller
Top Rock Album
  • Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
  • David Bowie - Blackstar
  • Coldplay - A Head Full Of Dreams
  • Mumford & Sons - Wilder Mind
  • twenty one pilots - Blurryface
Top Latin Album
  • Juan Gabriel - Los Dúo
  • Juan Gabriel - Mis Número 1…40 Aniversario
  • Mana Cama Incendiada
  • Gerardo Ortiz - Hoy Más Fuerte
  • Romeo Santos - Formula, Vol. 2
Top Dance/Electronic Album
  • David Guetta - Listen
  • Major Lazer - Peace Is The Mission
  • ​ODESZA - In Return
  • ​Skrillex & Diplo - Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü
  • ​Zedd - True Colors
Top Christian Album
  • Lauren Daigle - How Can It Be
  • ​Hillsong UNITED -  Empires
  • Joey + Rory - Hymns That Are Important To Us
  • TobyMac - This Is Not A Test
  • Chris Tomlin - Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship
Top Gospel Album
  • Anthony Brown & group therAPy - Everyday Jesus
  • Tasha Cobbs - One Place Live
  • Kirk Franklin - Losing My Religion
  • Jonathan McReynolds - Life Music: Stage Two
  • Marvin Sapp - You Shall Live
Top Hot 100 Song
  • Adele - Hello
  • Fetty Wap - Trap Queen
  • Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth - See You Again
  • The Weeknd - Can’t Feel My Face
  • The Weeknd - The Hills
Top Selling Song
  • Adele - Hello
  • Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth - See You Again
  • OMI - Cheerleader
  • Rachel Platten - Fight Song
  • The Weeknd - The Hills
Top Radio Song
  • Adele - Hello
  • Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth - See You Again
  • Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk!
  • Walk the Moon - Shut Up And Dance
  • The Weeknd - Can’t Feel My Face
Top Streaming Song (Audio)
  • Justin Bieber - Sorry
  • Justin Bieber - What Do You Mean
  • ​Fetty Wap - Trap Queen
  • The Weeknd - The Hills
  • Drake - Hotline Bling
Top Streaming Song (Video)
  • ​Fetty Wap - Trap Queen
  • Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth - See You Again
  • Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk!
  • ​Silentó - Watch Me
  • The Weeknd - The Hills
Top R&B Song
  • Alessia Cara - Here
  • ​Omarion Featuring Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko - Post To Be
  • The Weeknd - Can’t Feel My Face
  • The Weeknd - Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)
  • The Weeknd - The Hills
Top Rap Song
  • Drake - Hotline Bling
  • ​Fetty Wap - Trap Queen
  • ​Fetty Wap - 679 feat. Remy Boyz
  • ​Silentó - Watch Me
  • Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth - See You Again
Top Country Song
  • Sam Hunt - Break Up In A Small Town
  • Sam Hunt - Take Your Time
  • Little Big Town - Girl Crush
  • Thomas Rhett - Die A Happy Man
  • Chris Young - I’m Comin’ Over
Top Rock Song
  • Fall Out Boy - Uma Thurman
  • Elle King - Ex’s & Oh’s
  • twenty one pilots - Stressed Out
  • Walk the Moon - Shut Up And Dance
  • X Ambassadors - Renegades
Top Latin Song
  • J Balvin - Ginza
  • Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho - Te Metiste
  • Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias - El Perdon
  • ​Maluma - Borro Cassette
  • Romeo Santos - Propuesta Indecente
Top Dance/Electronic Song
  • The Chainsmokers Featuring ROZES - Roses
  • DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge - You Know You Like It
  • David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack - Hey Mama
  • Major Lazer & DJ Snake Featuring MØ - Lean On
  • Skrillex & Diplo - Where Are Ü Now with Justin Bieber
Top Christian Song
  • ​Hillsong UNITED - Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)
  • ​Hillsong UNITED - Touch The Sky
  • ​MercyMe - Flawless
  • NEEDTOBREATHE Featuring Gavin DeGraw - Brother
  • Chris Tomlin - Good Good Father
Top Gospel Song
  • Anthony Brown and group therAPy - Worth
  • Erica Campbell feat. Big Shizz - I Luh God
  • Kirk Franklin - Wanna Be Happy?
  • Travis Greene - Intentional
  • Brian Courtney Wilson - Worth Fighting For

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