Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars lead US Billboard Award nominations

Written by on 18th April 2018

Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars lead the way in the nominations for the 2018 US Billboard Music Awards, with each receiving 15 nods.

All three are up for Best Artist and will compete with Drake, who has nine overall nominations, and Taylor Swift, who has five.

Sheeran, who’s flying the British flag, has also been nominated for Top Male Artist, Top Touring Artist and Top Hot 100 Artist.

He faces stiff competition for all of these awards from Bruno Mars, who won in all six of his categories at the Grammy Awards in January.

Bruno seemed pretty pleased with his nominations with a simple but effective Tweet last night.

Meanwhile, fresh from becoming the first rapper to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his album DAMN, Kendrick Lamar’s fourth studio album is in the running for Top Selling Album, Top Rap Album and Top Billboard 200 Album.

Beyonce has been left off the list for Top Female Artist, which will be contested by Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Halsey, Demi Lovato and Swift.

However, Beyonce, fresh from headlining US music festival Coachella, does face a showdown with SZA and Rihanna for Top R&B Artist.

Elsewhere, Irish rock band U2’s live performances were rewarded with nods for Top Touring Artist and Top Rock Tour.

They must overcome Guns N’ Roses, who have wowed crowds around the world with a reunited line-up of singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan.

Hard rock band Linkin Park received a nomination for Best Rock Artist following the death of singer Chester Bennington last July.

Meanwhile, 68-year-old singer Lionel Richie proved his staying power with a nomination in the category for Top R&B Tour.

The ceremony for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday May 20th.

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