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Hip-Hop and Dance Music Artists Lead the BBMA Nominations

by Sydney Zenon | May 10, 2017 1:23 pm CDT

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The music scene is heating up with the start of this year’s music award shows. The nominees have been announced and it may be a close call for many of the past year’s top artists.

Topping the nominations list are Drake and The Chainsmokers with 22 each. Drake joins the likes of Adele, Beyoncé, and The Weeknd all competing for the Top Artist award. Up and coming artists with nominations include Lil Uzi Vert, Alessia Cara, Zayn, Desiigner and Lucas Graham up for Top New Artist award. Twenty One Pilots trail the two top runners with 17 nominations along with The Weeknd landing 13.

Get ready for an eclectic set of performers this year including Celine Dion, Fifth Harmony with Ty Dolla $ign, and Rihanna. The iconic Madonna will also take the stage as well as two ’90s favorites P!nk and Britney Spears. Joe Jonas will hit the stage as a member of DNCE fresh off recent wins.  More performers will be announced as the show date approaches.

Last year’s show garnered 9.8 million viewers and is set bring in even more with this year’s lineup. The Billboard Music Awards will air live on Sunday, May 21, at 8/7 p.m. central on ABC.