The nominees for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards have officially been revealed. On Monday (April 10), Fall Out Boy guitarist Pete Wentz and singer/songwriter Julia Michaels appeared on ABC's Good Morning America to unveil the five of the 52 categories from the annual music awards show. After discussing their music, Wentz and Michaels moved on to unveiling the nominees for "Top Female Artist," "Top Male Artists," "Top Hot 100 Song," "Top Billboard 200 Album," and "Top Artists." Shortly after the morning talk show wrapped, the rest of the categories and nominees were posted online.
Chart toppers and radio airplay heavy hitters like The Weeknd, Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots, and more were confirmed for a slew of nominations. Coming in with a total of 22 nominations each are Canadian rapper Drake and EDM duo The Chainsmokers. Drake is nominated for categories such as "Top Rap Artists," "Top Rap Tour," and "Top Streaming Artists" while the Chainsmokers are nominated for "Top Dance/Electronic Artist," "Top Selling Song," and "Top Radio Song."
Falling behind the "Hotline Bling" rapper and "Closer" master-minds are the guys from Twenty One Pilots. The Ohio-based duo who have had a massive year have a total of 17 nominations. The duo are nominated for categories such as "Top Streaming Song (Video)," "Top Rock Song" which they have three songs in, and the "Billboard Chart Achievement Award." Rihanna follows all three with a total of 14 nominations which includes "Top R&B Artist," "Top Female Artist," and "Top Artist."
According to a press release from Billboard, the nominees are chosen based on "key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement." The time frame to qualify for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards began on March 18, 2016 and concluded on March 16, 2017.
The 2017 Billboard Music Awards will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 21 and air live on ABC beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Tickets for the show are currently available here while the complete, lengthy list of nominees can be found on Billboard's website here.