Billboards has announced their finalists for the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

Unlike other awards shows, the nominations and winners are not based on artistic merit or fan votes, but on the Billboard charts for, in this case, April 11, 2015 through April 2, 2016. The top five ranking artists or recordings become the nominees and the winner being the number 1 for the period.

From 1989 to 2006, the awards were held in December of each year as a way to announce the year-end issues number 1's. Since being revived in 2011, the awards have been moved to the spring with the reporting period representing a different period from the year-end charts.

Among veteran artists, U2 and the Rolling Stones are both up for two awards, Top Duo/Group and Top Touring Artist. Madonna is also included in the latter category.

The top veteran overall is Juan Gabriel who has three nominations in two categories, Top Latin Artist and Top Latin Album for Los Duo and Mis Número 1…40 Aniversario.

Other veteran artists nominated include Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Dr. Dre, Chris Tomlin, Kirk Franklin and Enrique Iglesias.

Among modern artists, The Weeknd leads all with 19 nominations in 16 categories followed by Justin Bieber with 12 in 11 categories.

The awards will be held on May 22 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Top Artist

Adele
Justin Bieber
Drake
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

Top New Artist

Fetty Wap
OMI
Charlie Puth
​Silentó
Bryson Tiller

Top Male Artist

Justin Bieber
Drake
Fetty Wap
Ed Sheeran
The Weeknd

Top Female Artist

Adele
Selena Gomez
​Ariana Grande
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group

Maroon 5
One Direction
twenty one pilots
The Rolling Stones
U2

Top Billboard 200 Artist

Adele
Justin Bieber
Drake
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

Top Hot 100 Artist

Justin Bieber
Drake
Fetty Wap
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

Top Song Sales Artist

Adele
Justin Bieber
Drake
Fetty Wap
The Weeknd

Top Radio Songs Artist

Justin Bieber
Ellie Goulding
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

Top Streaming Songs Artist

Justin Bieber
Drake
Fetty Wap
​Silentó
The Weeknd

Top Social Media Artist

Justin Bieber
Selena Gomez
​Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Taylor Swift

Top Touring Artist

Madonna
One Direction
The Rolling Stones
Taylor Swift
U2

Top R&B Artist:

Chris Brown
​Jeremih
Rihanna
Bryson Tiller
The Weeknd

Top Rap Artist

Drake
Fetty Wap
Future
Wiz Khalifa
Silentó

Top Country Artist

Zac Brown Band
Luke Bryan
Sam Hunt
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood

Top Rock Artist

Fall Out Boy
Elle King
twenty one pilots
Walk the Moon
X Ambassadors

Top Latin Artist

Banda Sinaloense MS De Sergio Lizárraga
Juan Gabriel
Nicky Jam
Ariel Camacho y Los Pleces del Rancho
Romeo Santos

Top Dance/Electronic Artist

The Chainsmokers
DJ Snake
David Guetta
Major Lazer
​Zedd

Top Christian Artist

Casting Crowns
Lauren Daigle
​Hillsong United
MercyMe
Chris Tomlin

Top Gospel Artist

Anthony Brown and group therAPy
Tasha Cobbs
Kirk Franklin
Travis Greene
Marvin Sapp

Top Billboard 200 Album

Adele - 25
Justin Bieber - Purpose
Ed Sheeran - x
Taylor Swift - 1989
The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness

Top Soundtrack

Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1
Fifty Shades of Grey
Furious 7
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
Pitch Perfect 2

Top R&B Album

Chris Brown - Royalty
Rihanna - Anti
Bryson Tiller - T R A P S O U L
​Tyrese - Black Rose
The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness

Top Rap Album

Drake - If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Drake & Future - What A Time To Be Alive
Dr. Dre - Compton
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
Meek Mill - Dreams Worth More Than Money

Top Country Album

Chris Stapleton - Traveller
Luke Bryan - Kill The Lights
Sam Hunt - Montevallo
Zac Brown Band - Jekyll + Hyde
Carrie Underwood - Storyteller

Top Rock Album

Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
David Bowie - Blackstar
Coldplay - A Head Full Of Dreams
Mumford & Sons - Wilder Mind
twenty one pilots - Blurryface

Top Latin Album

Juan Gabriel - Los Dúo
Juan Gabriel - Mis Número 1…40 Aniversario
​Mana - Cama Incendiada
Gerardo Ortiz - Hoy Más Fuerte
Romeo Santos - Formula, Vol. 2

Top Dance/Electronic Album

David Guetta - Listen
Major Lazer - Peace Is The Mission
​ODESZA - In Return
​Skrillex & Diplo - Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü
​Zedd - True Colors

Top Christian Album

Lauren Daigle - How Can It Be
​Hillsong UNITED - Empires
Joey + Rory - Hymns That Are Important To Us
​TobyMac - This Is Not A Test
Chris Tomlin - Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship

Top Gospel Album

Anthony Brown & group therAPy - Everyday Jesus
Tasha Cobbs - One Place Live
Kirk Franklin - Losing My Religion
Jonathan McReynolds - Life Music: Stage Two
Marvin Sapp - You Shall Live

Top Hot 100 Song

Adele - Hello
Fetty Wap - Trap Queen
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth - See You Again
The Weeknd - Can’t Feel My Face
The Weeknd - The Hills

Top Selling Song

Adele - Hello
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth - See You Again
OMI - Cheerleader
Rachel Platten - Fight Song
The Weeknd - The Hills

Top Radio Song

Adele - Hello
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth - See You Again
Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk!
Walk the Moon - Shut Up And Dance
The Weeknd - Can’t Feel My Face

Top Streaming Song (Audio)

Justin Bieber - Sorry
Justin Bieber - What Do You Mean
​Fetty Wap - Trap Queen
The Weeknd - The Hills
Drake - Hotline Bling

Top Streaming Song (Video)

​Fetty Wap - Trap Queen
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth - See You Again
Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk!
​Silentó - Watch Me
The Weeknd - The Hills

Top R&B Song

Alessia Cara - Here
​Omarion Featuring Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko - Post To Be
The Weeknd - Can’t Feel My Face
The Weeknd - Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)
The Weeknd - The Hills

Top Rap Song

Drake - Hotline Bling
​Fetty Wap - Trap Queen
​Fetty Wap - 679 feat. Remy Boyz
​Silentó - Watch Me
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth - See You Again

Top Country Song

Sam Hunt - Break Up In A Small Town
Sam Hunt - Take Your Time
Little Big Town - Girl Crush
Thomas Rhett - Die A Happy Man
Chris Young - I’m Comin’ Over

Top Rock Song

Fall Out Boy - Uma Thurman
Elle King - Ex’s & Oh’s
twenty one pilots - Stressed Out
Walk the Moon - Shut Up And Dance
X Ambassadors - Renegades

Top Latin Song

J Balvin - Ginza
Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho - Te Metiste
Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias - El Perdon
​Maluma - Borro Cassette
Romeo Santos - Propuesta Indecente

Top Dance/Electronic Song

The Chainsmokers Featuring ROZES - Roses
DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge - You Know You Like It
David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack - Hey Mama
Major Lazer & DJ Snake Featuring MØ - Lean On
Skrillex & Diplo - Where Are Ü Now with Justin Bieber

Top Christian Song

​Hillsong UNITED - Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)
​Hillsong UNITED - Touch The Sky
​MercyMe - Flawless
NEEDTOBREATHE Featuring Gavin DeGraw - Brother
Chris Tomlin - Good Good Father

Top Gospel Song

Anthony Brown and group therAPy - Worth
Erica Campbell feat. Big Shizz - I Luh God
Kirk Franklin - Wanna Be Happy?
Travis Greene - Intentional
Brian Courtney Wilson - Worth Fighting For
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