Drake, Twenty One Pilots and Rihanna dominate the nominations in four categories for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards announced exclusively by Billboard on Monday morning (Apr. 10). Check out this first look at the list of nominees for Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top R&B Song and Top Rock Song.
The Top Billboard 200 Artist list has all the heavy hitters you would expect, led by Beyoncé and Drake, as well as late rock icon Prince, Twenty One Pilots and The Weeknd. Many of those same names are also in the running for the Top Hot 100 Artist race, including breakout EDM duo The Chainsmokers, Rihanna as well as Drake, Twenty One Pilots and The Weeknd.
The Top R&B Song category is a tight one, with Rihanna doubling down thanks to "Needed Me" and her collabo with Drake on "Work." Drizzy is also on the board with his WizKid & Kyla smash "One Dance," while Bruno Mars checks in with "24K Magic" and The Weeknd's hook up with Daft Punk, "Starboy," rounds out the category.
The Top Rock Song list is dominated by Columbus, Ohio, duo Twenty One Pilots, who have a trifecta of nods for "Heathens," "Ride" and "Stressed Out," which is joined by X Ambassadors' "Unsteady" and the superstar collabo "Sucker for Pain" featuring Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons, along with X Ambassadors, Logic and Ty Dolla $ign.
Earlier in the day, Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz and singer/songwriter Julia Michaels dropped by Good Morning America to reveal an initial list of nominees in five categories. Wentz read the list for Top Female Artist noms, which included: Adele, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Rihanna and Sia. Michaels handled the list for Top Male Artist: Justin Bieber, Drake, Future, Shawn Mendes and The Weeknd.
The Top Hot 100 Song competition promises to be one of the most anticipated races, with the following hits vying for the award: The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, "Closer,"; The Chainsmokers feat. Daya, "Don't Let Me Down"; Drake feat. WizKid & Kyla, "One Dance"; Justin Timberlake, "Can't Stop the Feeling!" and Twenty One Pilots, "Heathens."
The Top Billboard 200 Album category is also a hard one to call: Beyoncé, Lemonade; Drake, Views; Rihanna, Anti; Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface and The Weeknd, Starboy. The nominees for Top Artist include: Adele, Beyoncé, Bieber, The Chainsmokers, Drake, Grande, Mendes, Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots and The Weeknd.
The 2017 Billboard Music awards will air on ABC live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.