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Billboard Music Awards Nominees: Rihanna, Eminem, Lady GaGa on the Lead

April 14, 2011 (1:47 am) GMT
The Bajan singer leads the pack with 18 nominations, while the Slim Shady and the Monster ringleader follow her with 16 and 15 nods respectively.

Nominees for 2011 Billboard Music Awards have been announced during a press conference at the Paris Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada. Taking the most nods are the likes of , and who frequently occupied the Billboard charts during the period of February 28, 2010 through March 1, 2011.

RiRi gets 18 nominations with "Love the Way You Lie", her joint track with the Slim Shady, appearing in six "song categories." She gets other nods for Top R&B Album (""), Top R&B Song ("What's My Name?"), and 10 nods in key categories including Top Artist and Top Female Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, and Top R&B Artist.

Eminem follows behind her with 16 nods. Beside sharing nominations in the six song categories with RiRi for their duet in "Love the Way You Lie", the rapper is also vying for coveted prizes in two album categories and eight key fields. The "" MC bumps into the Bajan songstress in at least five main categories.

GaGa trails behind the Slim Shady with 15 nominations. The Mother Monster gets eight in the main fields, four in the album categories, and three in the song lists. She has her three CDs, "", "" and "", listed in Top Dance/Electronic Albums, and her singles, "Bad Romance" and "Telephone", in Top Dance Song.

The other artists who receive multiple nominations include and . The former faces off Rihanna, Lady GaGa, and in Top Female Artist, while the latter goes head to head against Eminem, , and in Top Male Artist. The two young singers then bump into each other in Top Artist along with RiRi, GaGa and Eminem.

The awards show is going to air live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 22 on ABC. and Rihanna have been booked as the performers along with , , and . Nominees for the key categories are as follows, while the full list can be found at Billboard.com.

Top Artist:

Top New Artist: Top Male Artist: Top Female Artist: Top Duo/Group: Top Billboard 200 Artist: Top Hot 100 Artist: Top Digital Song Artist: Top Radio Songs Artist: Top Touring Artist: Top Social Artist: Top Streaming Artist: Top Digital Media Artist: Top Pop Artist: Top R&B Artist: Top Rap Artist: Top Country Artist: Top Rock Artist: Top Alternative Artist: Top Latin Artist: Top Dance Artist: Top Christian Artist:

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