The finalists of the 2022 Billboard Music Awards have been announced and artists like Doja Cat, The Weeknd and Olivia Rodrigo are leading in most of the categories.
The Billboard Music Award (BBMA) is an event that gets to honour the year’s most successful artists in 62 categories across all genres of music. This time around, The Weeknd is among the leading finalists in 17 categories, the most of any artist this year.
The Weeknd, Doja Cat, and Rodrigo were all nominated for Top Artist, alongside Drake and Taylor Swift. Doja Cat and Rodrigo will also vie for Top Female Artist against Adele, Dua Lipa, and Swift, while the Weeknd will compete for Top Male Artist against Drake, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, and Lil Nas X.
The Weeknd was nominated in various categories including top artist, top male artist, and top 100 artist. His collaboration with Ariana Grande for the song “Save Your Tears (Remix)” is up for six awards. The leading female finalist is Doja Cat, with 14 categories including top artist, top female artist, and top hot 100 artist.
Looking at the numbers, The Weeknd has the most nominations (17) for this year’s Billboard Music Awards, while Doja Cat and Olivia Rodrigo followed close behind with 14 and 13 nominations, respectively.
In the Top New Artist category, Rodrigo who just won Best New Artist at the Grammys will compete against Giveon, Masked Wolf, Pooh Shiesty, and the Kid Laroi. Meanwhile, the Top Duo/Group category will feature BTS, Glass Animals, Imagine Dragons, Migos, and Silk Sonic.
The Weeknd, Doja Cat, Olivia Rodrigo dominate the Billboard Music Awards 2022 finalists
Drake, who holds the record with 29 BBMA wins, is up for 11 categories including top artist, top male artist, top Billboard 200 artist and top hot 100 artist. Taylor Swift, the most decorated female BBMA artist of all time, is a finalist in seven categories. She’s nominated for top artist and top female artist, as well as for two albums in the top country album category for “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” and “Red (Taylor’s Version).”
Five new categories were introduced this year, including top Billboard global 200 artist, Top Billboard global excl. U.S. artist, top Billboard global 200 song, and Top Billboard global excl U.S. song. Ed Sheeran is a finalist in all four new global categories.
To view the full list of nominees, check out the Billboard Music Awards website. The “2022 Billboard Music Awards” will broadcast live coast-to-coast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 15 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC and stream live on Peacock.