The Nominees For The 2019 Billboard Music Awards: Cardi B Leads With 21 Nominations

We are less than one month away from the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, and we are delighted to announce the nominees for this year! The nominees and winners of the Billboard Music Awards are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement. As the world’s largest voice in music, Billboard charts serve as a reputable guide of trending artists and songs, and are often looked as the ultimate measure of success in music. Cardi B leads this year’s nominations with 21, followed by Drake and Post Malone, each with 17. This year's awards show will be hosted by music legend, Kelly Clarkson herself.

The nominations for the 2019 Billboard Music Awards are: 

Artist Awards

Top Artist

  • Cardi B
  • Drake
  • Ariana Grande
  • Post Malone
  • Travis Scott

Top New Artist

  • Bazzi
  • Juice WRLD
  • Lil Baby
  • Dua Lipa
  • Elle Mai

Billboard Chart Achievement Award

  • Dan + Shay
  • Drake
  • Ariana Grande
  • Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
  • Dua Lipa

Top Male Artist

  • Drake
  • Post Malone
  • Travis Scott
  • Ed Sheeran​
  • XXXTENTACION

Top Female Artist

  • Cardi B​
  • Ariana Grande
  • Halsey
  • Ella Mai
  • Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group

  • BTS
  • Dan + Shay
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Maroon 5
  • Panic! At The Disco

Top Billboard 200 Artist

  • Drake
  • Ariana Grande
  • Post Malone
  • Travis Scott​
  • XXXTENTACION

Top Hot 100 Artist

  • Cardi B
  • Drake​
  • Ariana Grande
  • Juice WRLD​
  • Post Malone

Top Streaming Songs Artist

  • Cardi B
  • Drake​
  • Ariana Grande
  • Post Malone​
  • XXXTENTACION

Top Song Sales Artist

  • Drake​
  • Ariana Grande
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Lady Gaga
  • Post Malone

Top Radio Songs Artist

  • Cardi B
  • Drake​
  • Ariana Grande
  • Maroon 5
  • Post Malone

Top Social Artist

  • BTS
  • EXO​
  • GOT7​
  • Ariana Grande
  • Louis Tomlinson

Top Touring Artist

  • Beyoncé & JAY-Z
  • Bruno Mars
  • Ed Sheeran​
  • Taylor Swift
  • Justin Timberlake

Top R&B Artist

  • H.E.R.
  • Khalid
  • Ella Mai
  • The Weeknd​
  • XXXTENTACION

Top R&B Male Artist

  • Khalid
  • The Weeknd​
  • XXXTENTACION

Top R&B Female Artist

  • H.E.R.
  • Ella Mai
  • Queen Naija

Top R&B Tour

  • Beyoncé & JAY-Z
  • Childish Gambino​
  • Bruno Mars

Top Rap Artist

  • Cardi B
  • Drake
  • Juice WRLD​
  • Post Malone
  • Travis Scott

Top Rap Male Artist

  • Drake
  • Post Malone
  • Travis Scott

Top Rap Female Artist

  • Cardi B
  • City Girls
  • Nicki Minaj

Top Rap Tour

  • Beyoncé & JAY-Z
  • Drake
  • Travis Scott

Top Country Artist

  • Jason Aldean​
  • Kane Brown
  • Luke Combs
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line

Top Country Male Artist

  • Jason Aldean​
  • Kane Brown
  • Luke Combs

Top Country Female Artist

  • Maren Morris​

  • Kacey Musgraves​
  • Carrie Underwood

Top Country Duo/Group

  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Old Dominion

Top Country Tour

  • Luke Bryan
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Shania Twain

Top Rock Artist

  • Imagine Dragons​
  • lovelytheband​
  • Panic! At The Disco
  • Queen
  • twenty one pilots

Top Rock Tour

  • Elton John
  • The Rolling Stones
  • U2

Top Latin Artist

  • Anuel AA
  • Bad Bunny
  • J Balvin​
  • Ozuna
  • Romeo Santos

Top Dance/Electronic Artist

  • Calvin Harris​
  • Kygo​
  • Marshmello​
  • ODESZA​
  • The Chainsmokers

Top Christian Artist

  • Cory Asbury
  • Lauren Daigle​
  • for KING & COUNTRY​
  • Hillsong Worship​
  • MercyMe

Top Gospel Artist

  • Kirk Franklin​
  • Koryn Hawthorne
  • Tori Kelly
  • Tasha Cobbs Leonard
  • Marvin Sapp

ALBUM AWARDS

Top Billboard 200 Album

  • Cardi B “Invasion of Privacy”
  • Drake “Scorpion”
  • Post Malone “beerbongs & bentleys"
  • Travis Scott “ASTROWORLD”​
  • XXXTENTACION “?”

Top Soundtrack

  • “13 Reasons Why: Season 2”
  • “A Star is Born” by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
  • “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
  • “The Greatest Showman”

Top R&B Album

  • Ella Mai “Ella Mai”
  • H.E.R. “H.E.R.”
  • Khalid “American Teen”
  • The Weeknd “My Dear Melancholy,”​
  • XXXTENTACION “17”

Top Rap Album

  • Cardi B “Invasion of Privacy”
  • Drake “Scorpion”
  • Post Malone “beerbongs & bentleys"
  • Travis Scott “ASTROWORLD”​
  • XXXTENTACION “?”

Top Country Album

  • Jason Aldean “Rearview Town”
  • Kane Brown “Kane Brown”
  • Luke Combs “This One’s For You”
  • Dan + Shay “Dan + Shay”
  • Carrie Underwood “Cry Pretty”

Top Rock Album

  • Dave Matthews Band “Come Tomorrow”
  • Imagine Dragons “Origins”
  • Mumford & Sons “Delta”
  • Panic! At This Disco “Pray For The Wicked”
  • twenty one pilots “Trench”

Top Latin Album

  • Anuel AA “Real Hasta la Muerte”
  • Bad Bunny “X 100PRE”
  • J Balvin “Vibras”​
  • Maluma “F.A.M.E.”​
  • Ozuna “Aura”

Top Dance/Electronic Album

  • Clean Bandit “What Is Love?”
  • David Guetta “7”
  • Kygo “Kids in Love”
  • Major Lazer “Major Lazer Essentials”
  • The Chainsmokers “Sick Boy”

Top Christian Album

  • Cory Asbury “Reckless Love”
  • Lauren Daigle “Look Up Child”
  • for KING & COUNTRY “Burn The Ships”​
  • Hillsong Worship “There Is More”
  • Zach Williams “Chain Breaker”

Top Gospel Album

  • Snoop Dogg & Various Artists “Snoop Dogg Presents Bible of Love”​
  • Aretha Franklin “Gospel Greats”​
  • Koryn Hawthorne “Unstoppable”
  • Tori Kelly “Hiding Place”
  • Jonathan McReynolds “Make Room”

SONG AWARDS

Top Hot 100 Song

  • Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It”
  • Juice WRLD “Lucid Dreams”
  • Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”
  • Post Malone “Better Now”
  • Travis Scott “SICKO MODE”

Top Streaming Song (Audio)

  • Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It”
  • Juice WRLD “Lucid Dreams”
  • Post Malone “Better Now”
  • Travis Scott “SICKO MODE”​
  • XXXTENTACION “SAD!”

Top Streaming Song (Video)

  • Drake “In My Feelings”
  • Juice WRLD “Lucid Dreams”
  • Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”
  • Travis Scott “SICKO MODE”​
  • XXXTENTACION “SAD!”

Top Selling Song

  • Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It”
  • Drake “In My Feelings”
  • Halsey “Without Me”
  • Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper “Shallow”
  • Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”

Top Radio Song

  • Khalid & Normani “Love Lies”
  • Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”
  • Post Malone “Better Now”​
  • Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant to Be”​
  • Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey “The Middle”

Top Collaboration

  • Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It”
  • Khalid & Normani “Love Lies”
  • Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”​
  • Marshmello & Bastille “Happier”
  • Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign “Psycho”

Top R&B Song

  • DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper & Quavo “No Brainer”
  • Ella Mai “Boo’d Up”
  • Ella Mai “Trip”
  • Khalid “Better”
  • Lil Dicky ft. Chris Brown “Freaky Friday”

Top Rap Song

  • Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It”
  • Drake “In My Feelings”
  • Juice WRLD “Lucid Dreams”
  • Post Malone “Better Now”
  • Travis Scott “SICKO MODE”

Top Country Song

  • Kane Brown “Heaven”
  • Luke Combs “She Got the Best of Me”
  • Dan + Shay “Speechless”
  • Dan + Shay “Tequila”​
  • Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant to Be”

Top Rock Song

  • Foster The People “Sit Next to Me”
  • Imagine Dragons “Natural”
  • Imagine Dragons “Whatever It Takes”​
  • lovelytheband “broken”
  • Panic! At The Disco “High Hopes”

Top Latin Song

  • Bad Bunny ft. Drake “Mia”
  • Daddy Yankee “Dura”
  • DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B “Taki Taki”
  • Nicky Jam & J Balvin “X”
  • Casper Magico, Nio Garcia, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny & Ozuna “Te Bote”

Top Dance/Electronic Song

  • DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B “Taki Taki”
  • Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa “One Kiss”​
  • Marshmello & Bastille “Happier”​
  • Tiësto & Dzeko ft. Preme & Post Malone “Jackie Chan”​
  • Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey “The Middle”

Top Christian Song

  • Cory Asbury “Reckless Love”
  • Lauren Daigle “You Say”
  • for KING & COUNTRY “joy.”​
  • Hillsong Worship “Who You Say I Am”​
  • Tauren Wells “Known”

Top Gospel Song

  • Todd Dulaney “Your Great Name”​
  • Koryn Hawthorne “Won’t He Do It”
  • Tori Kelly ft. Kirk Franklin “Never Alone”
  • Jason Nelson “Forever”
  • Brian Courtney Wilson “A Great Work”

The 2019 Billboard Music Awards will broadcast on Wednesday, May 1 at 8 p.m. ET / PT on NBC. Make sure to stay updated by following Billboard on Instagram and Twitter! And check out the nominations launch video here!