2011 Billboard Awards Nominees

The finalists of the 2011 Billboard Music Awards have recently been announced. Of the star-studded line-up of finalists, a few artists stand out from the crowd, artists such as Rihanna. When the finalists were announced, Rihanna’s name came up no less than eighteen times, including the Top Hot 100 list, Top R&B Artists and Top Female Artist, making her a front runner for the Billboard Music Awards. Close on her heals are Eminem, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars.

Lady Gaga, Eminem and Rihanna have proved their ability to draw audiences and gain a faithful gathering of fans through their music over the years, and it comes as no surprise that they are the top three nominations for the Billboard Music Awards. Eminem finds himself in second position with sixteen nominations, of which Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Rap Artist and Top Male Artist are included in the categories he is nominated for. Lady Gaga has received twelve nominations, while both Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber have each been nominated in eleven categories. The latest sensation, Nicki Minaj, has had a very successful year, and has a few nominations, but will find herself up against artists such as Taio Cruz and Ke$sha.

The gala event, revealing the winners of the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, of which there are forty-six categories, will take place on 22 May 2011 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. The finalists for the leading categories are as follows. In the Top Billboard 200 Artists category is Lady Antebellum, Justin Bieber, Eminem, Taylor Swift and Susan Boyle. Katy Perry, Usher, Ke$sha, Rihanna and Bruno Mars are finalists in the Top Hot 100 Artist category; while the line up for Top Artist includes Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Eminem. Top New Artist finalists consist of Bruno Mars, Ke$sha, Nicki Minaj, Taio Cruz and Justin Bieber; and in the Top Touring Artist category are legendary names such as Roger Waters, Bon Jovi, U2, Lady Gaga and Michael Bublé. An entertaining program of performing artists for the evening has been confirmed and includes Keith Urban, Rihanna, Lady Antebellum and Black Eyed Peas, to name a few. The 2011 Billboard Music Awards is gearing up to be an evening filled with musical wonder and surprise.