Last month, we were given word that some of pop music’s biggest stars would be gracing the stage at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the annual Billboard Awards.
Today, the people behind the show have announced the nominees for the categories and in what might be a first; there’s a three-way tie for who has the most nominations for this year’s awards. Maroon 5, fun. and Taylor Swift have each become finalists in 11 of the categories.
Right behind them are Rihanna with 10, Carly Rae Jepsen with nine and One Direction with eight (cue all the One Directioners tears). But the fun doesn’t stop there; Swift, Maroon 5, Rihanna, One Direction and Justin Bieber have become finalists for the top artist award.
As for album of the year, it looks like another tough race with Adele’s “21” being in the running alongside Mumford and Sons’ “Babel,” Swift’s “Red” and what might not be fair, but totally predictable, One Direction have two albums in this category, “Up All Night” and “Take Me Home.”
The Billboard Awards will air live on May 19th with performances by Bruno Mars, Miguel, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Prince.