Billboard Award Nominees Announced

Published On April 18, 2018 | By Cheryl Johnstone | Country Music News

The nominees in the 2018 Billboard Music Awards were announced yesterday and country music was well represented. On the list of nominees, Chris Stapleton with 5 nominations, one of which is for Country Male Artist of the Year, competing against Thomas Rhett and Sam Hunt.

Dustin Lynch is up for his very first Billboard Award for Top Country Song.

And in the Top Country Female Artist category, it’s Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, and Maren Morris. In all, country artists showed up in 12 different categories.

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The May 20th show will be hosted by 12-time Billboard Music Awards winner Kelly Clarkson.

The Billboard Music Awards takes place in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on NBC.

2018 Billboard Music Awards Nominees (Country Nominations)

Top Selling Album

Kendrick Lamar, DAMN
Pink, Beautiful Trauma
Ed Sheeran, Divide
Chris Stapleton, From a Room: Volume 1
Taylor Swift, Reputation

Top Country Song

“What Ifs,” Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina
“Body Like a Backroad,” Sam Hunt
“Small Town Boy,” Dustin Lynch
“Meant to Be,” Bebe Rexha + Florida Georgia Line
“In Case You Didn’t Know,” Brett Young

Top Billboard 200 Artist

Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran
Chris Stapleton
Taylor Swift

Billboard Chart Achievement Award

Camilla Cabella
Cardi B
Sam Hunt
Ed Sheeran

Top Country Artist

Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

Top Country Male Artist

Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

Top Country Female Artist

Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris

Top Country Duo/Group

Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

Top Country Tour

Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

Top Country Album

Kane Brown, Kane Brown
Luke Combs, This One’s for You
Thomas Rhett, Life Changes
Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1
Brett Young, Brett Young

Top Christian Album

Elevation Worship, There Is a Cloud
Hillsong United, Wonder
Hillsong Worship, Let There Be Light
Alan Jackson, Precious Memories Collection
Mercy Me, Lifer

Top Selling Song

Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road”
Imagine Dragons, “Believer”
Imagine Dragons, “Thunder”
Ed Sheeran, “Perfect”

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