Billboard Music Awards nominations

Drake, Chainsmokers lead with 22 nods each for Billboard Music Awards

Rapper Drake and Andrew Taggart (far left) and Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers are in the running for Top Artist.
Rapper Drake and Andrew Taggart (far left) and Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers are in the running for Top Artist.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Rapper Drake (above) and Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers are in the running for Top Artist.
Rapper Drake (above) and Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers are in the running for Top Artist.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES • Canadian rapper Drake and American electronic dance music (EDM) pop duo The Chainsmokers each bagged a record 22 nominations at this year's Billboard Music Awards.

Drake will vie for Top Artist, Top Male Artist and Top Billboard 200 Artist, among other honours.

The Chainsmokers will be among the challengers in Drake's way for Top Artist.

The American EDM pop duo are also in the running for the Top Duo/Group and Top 100 Artist honours.

The list of nominees was announced on Monday in the United States.

Twenty One Pilots are flying high with 17 nominations, including for Top Artist and Top Duo/Group.

The band also earned three Top Rock Song nods.

Rihanna is in the awards mix with 14 nominations, while The Weeknd has clinched 13 and Beyonce eight.

Other contenders for Top Artist are Adele, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Rihanna and The Weeknd.

Coldplay and Guns N' Roses - both of whom recently performed in Singapore - are among the contenders for Top Duo/Group.

They are also up for the Top Rock Tour accolade, along with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.

Fans of Metallica - which also played in Singapore this year - will hope that the band can Seek & Destroy other competitors for Top Rock Artist.

Also up for that prize are Coldplay, The Lumineers, Twenty One Pilots and X Ambassadors.

The Billboard Music Awards will air on May 21 in the US.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 12, 2017, with the headline 'Drake, Chainsmokers lead with 22 nods each'. Print Edition | Subscribe