The 2014 Billboard Music Awards finalists have been announced (finalists, as opposed to nominees, because this is all based on cold, hard sales figures and popularity, as opposed to all these other esoteric awards shows that claim to reward “art” and “vision” and whatnot), with Lorde and Imagine Dragons leading the field with nods in 12 of the 40 categories. Among the categories they’re both up for include Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Hot 100 Song and Top Digital Song.
Also at the top of the pack is Justin Timberlake, who’s named in 11 categories, Katy Perry with 10 and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with 8. Rather improbably, if JT brings home some hardware, it’ll be his first Billboard Music Awards win as a solo artist. For the night’s biggest award, Top Artist, he’ll be facing off against Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, Perry and Imagine Dragons.
Head here to see the full list of finalists and categories.
The BBMAs will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on May 18 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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