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The Billboard Music Awards is an award show based off of musicians’ popularity and sales charts. The first Billboard Music Awards show was in 1990. The awards are presented every May. Each year there are 50 different awards that cover all genres of music. Billboard wrote Billboard Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 18, 2016 through March 16, 2017.

Top Artist:

Adele

Beyoncé

Justin Bieber

The Chainsmokers

Drake

Ariana Grande

Shawn Mendes

Rihanna

Twenty One Pilots

The Weeknd

Adele (Creative Commons)

Predicted Winner: Adele

After her four year break, Adele finally came back with her record breaking album, “25.” Her song, “Hello,” is currently the most viewed music video on youtube and her album sold over a million copies in a week. Adele was also the winner for the 2016 “Top Artist.”

 

Top New Artist:

Alessia Cara

Desiigner

Lil Uzi Vert

Lukas Graham

Zayn (Creative Commons)

Zayn

Predicted Winner: Zayn

After leaving his band, One Direction, Zayn’s first solo album, “Mind of Mine,” topped the Billboard charts, unlike the other nominees. His song, “PILLOWTALK” reached the top of Billboard’s charts and is the most successful song out of his debut album.

 

Top Male Artist:

Justin Bieber

Drake

Future

Shawn Mendes

The Weeknd

Justin Bieber (Creative Commons)

Predicted Winner: Justin Bieber

After a few years out of the studio, Justin Bieber returned with “Purpose”. Four of Bieber’s songs, “What Do You Mean?,” “Sorry,” “Love Yourself,” and “Where Are Ü Now,” have been played on the radio constantly since the album’s release. This is Bieber’s sixth number one album since his debut. Bieber also took the prize as “Top Male Artist” in 2016.

Top Female Artist:

Adele

Beyoncé

Ariana Grande

Rihanna

Sia

Adele (Creative Commons)

Predicted Winner: Adele

Adele, who is predicted to be the top overall artist, will most likely take home the prize for “Top Female Artist” as well due to her sales on her record, “25.” Adele’s sales won her the title of “Top Female Artist” in 2016.

 

Top Duo/Group:

The Chainsmokers

Coldplay

Florida Georgia Line

Guns N’ Roses

Twenty One Pilots

Predicted Winner: The Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers (Creative Commons)

The Chainsmokers became infamous in 2014 for their song #SELFIE. The duo changed drastically from having their song being called “garbage” into a duo that created hit songs all year. They collaborated with big name artists, including Halsey, Daya, and Coldplay, and made chart topping songs, like “Closer,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” and “Roses”. Twenty One Pilots may have a chance to take the title from The Chainsmokers, but unlike Twenty One Pilots, The Chainsmokers were able to reach #1 on Billboard.

 

Top Radio Songs Artist:

Justin Bieber

The Chainsmokers

Drake

Rihanna

Twenty One Pilots

Predicted Winner: The Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers (Creative Commons)

The Chainsmokers will most likely take home the award for “Top Radio Songs Artist,” too. Their songs, “Don’t Let Me Down,” “Closer,” “Roses,” “Paris,” and “Something Just Like This,” all were able to peak at or above number 6 on the Billboard charts.

 

Top R&B Artist:

Beyoncé

Bruno Mars

Frank Ocean

Rihanna

The Weeknd

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Predicted Winner: Beyoncé

Beyonce, who’s last album was released in 2008, came in strong with her new album, “Lemonade,” which was the highest selling album in 2016. The only thing that may end up hurting Beyonce from winning this award is the lack of radio play the album has received, unlike Bruno Mars.

 

Top Country Artist:

Florida Georgia Line

Blake Shelton

Keith Urban

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Chris Stapleton

Jason Al

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Predicted Winner: Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton has been topping the country charts since he began his career as a coach on “The Voice.” His albums and songs are not only the most played on country radio, but Shelton also has the most sold albums this year. Shelton’s song “If I’m Honest” is ranked third on the Billboard 200, behind Drake and Ariana Grande.

 

Top Rock Artist:

Coldplay

The Lumineers

Metallica

Twenty One Pilots

X Ambassadors

Predicted Winner: Twenty One Pilots

Twenty One Pilots (Creative Commons)

Twenty One Pilots debuted their album, “Blurryface,” and they have sold over one million copies since the release. Twenty One Pilots were able to reach number three on the charts, higher than their other competitors.

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:

The Chainsmokers

Calvin Harris

Major Lazer

DJ Snake

The Chainsmokers (Creative Commons)

Lindsey Stirling

Predicted Winner: The Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers will most likely take home this award, too based on their overall sales since 2016.

 

Top R&B Album:

Beyoncé, “Lemonade”

Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”

Frank Ocean, “Blonde”

Rihanna, “Anti”

Beyoncé (Creative Commons)

The Weeknd, “Starboy”

Predicted Winner: Beyoncé

Although Bruno Mars’s “24K Magic” is the most played on the radio, Beyonce’s “Lemonade” is the most bought album of last year.

 

Top Rap Album:

Cole, 4 Your Eyez Only

Drake, Views

Kevin Gates, Isla

DJ Khaled, Major Key

A Tribe Called Quest, We Got It From Here…Thank You For Your Service

Predicted Winner: Drake

Drake (Creative Commons)

Drake released his eleventh album, “Views,” in 2016. The album was charted at number one for a total of thirteen weeks, more than any other nominated album. Billboard stated “ ‘Views’ has the longest run at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since the Frozen soundtrack [which] also spent 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 in 2014 (Jan. 18-May 17).”

 

Top Rock Album:

The Lumineers, “Cleopatra”

Metallica, “Hardwired…To Self Destruct”

Radiohead, “A Moon Shaped Pool”

Red Hot Chili Peppers, “The Getaway”

Twenty One Pilots (Creative Commons)

Twenty One Pilots, “Blurryface”

Predicted Winner: Twenty One Pilots

Unlike the other nominees, “Blurryface” by Twenty One Pilots, has gone triple platinum in the United States, making it the most sold out of the other albums.

 

Top Dance/Electronic Album:

The Chainsmokers, “Bouquet”

The Chainsmokers, “Collage”

Flume, “Skin”

Kygo, “Cloud Nine”

Lindsey Stirling, “Brave Enough”

Predicted Winner: The Chainsmokers, “Collage”

The Chainsmokers (Creative Commons)

With two albums nominated, The Chainsmokers will most likely win the award for “Top Dance/Electronic Album.” Their album, “Collage” will likely defeat “Bouquet” due to the album containing “Closer” and “Don’t Let Me Down,” their two most popular songs.

 

Top Hot 100 Song & Top Selling Song:

The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”

The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”

Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance”

Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”

The Chainsmokers & Halsey (Disney | ABC Television Group/Flickr)

Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens”

Predicted Winner: The Chainsmokers & Halsey

The “Top Hot 100 Song” and “Top Selling Song” contain the same list of nominees. “Closer” will most likely win both of these awards, once again. The song broke records by charting for over six months in the Top 10 and twelve weeks as number one.

Top Collaboration:

The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”*

The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”

Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance”

The Chainsmokers & Halsey (Disney | ABC Television GroupFlickr)

Sia Featuring Sean Paul, “Cheap Thrills”

The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk, “Starboy”

Predicted Winner: The Chainsmokers & Halsey

*Read every other category “Closer” is in.

 

Top R&B Song:

Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla, “One Dance”

Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”

Rihanna, “Needed Me”

Rihanna Featuring Drake, “Work”

The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk, “Starboy”

Predicted Winner: Drake, WizKid, & Kyla

Drake (Creative Commons)

Drake’s song, “One Dance,” was able to top the charts for over ten weeks. The song is the first song to be viewed over one billion times on Spotify. “One Dance” is also Drake’s “longest-leading” song and surpassed the other R&B songs nominated on the charts. 

 

Top Rap Song:

Desiigner, “Panda”

Drake, “Fake Love”

D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty, “Broccoli”

Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad And Boujee”

Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane, “Black Beatles”

Rae Sremmurd (Kmeron/Flickr

Predicted Winner: Rae Sremmurd and Gucci Mane

Rae Sremmurd and Gucci Mane’s “Black Beatles” will most like take this award. The song grew popularity when it became the theme for the “Mannequin Challenge.” The song also lead the digital sales chart for the most downloads.

 

Top Country Song:

Kenny Chesney Featuring Pink, “Setting The World On Fire”

Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.”

Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw, “May We All”

Florida Georgia Line (Creative Commons)

Little Big Town, “Better Man”

Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Predicted Winner: Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line’s “H.O.L.Y.” ended 2016 as the number one country song in Billboard. The song topped country charts and country radio stations in the past year and has a good chance at becoming the top country song.

 

Top Rock Song:

Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic & Ty Dolla $ign Featuring X Ambassadors, “Sucker For Pain”

Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens”

Twenty One Pilots, “Ride”

Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out”

X Ambassadors, “Unsteady”

Predicted Winner: Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out”

Twenty One Pilots (Creative Commons)

With their record, “Blurryface,” Twenty One Pilots will most likely take home the best rock song. Their songs “Heathens” and “Stressed Out” both peaked at number two on Billboard, their highest ranked songs. Due to the success of “Stressed Out”’s music video and earlier recognition, it will most likely win the category for Twenty One Pilots.

 

Top Dance/Electronic Song:

The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, “Closer”*

The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”

Calvin Harris Featuring Rihanna, “This Is What You Came For”

Major Lazer Featuring Justin Bieber & MO, “Cold Water”

The Chainsmokers & Halsey (Disney | ABC Television GroupFlickr)

DJ Snake Featuring Justin Bieber, “Let Me Love You”

Predicted Winner: The Chainsmokers and Halsey 

*Same as Top Collaboration
The 2017 Billboard Music Awards take place on Sunday, May 21, at 8:00pm-10:59pm. Tune in to see who wins and watch guest performances, including Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello, Celine Dion, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Florida Georgia Line, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Lorde, Nicki Minaj, and more!

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