With help from pop R&B singer Jason Derulo live this morning on “Good Morning America,” Billboard, the ultimate authority in music and home of the iconic Billboard charts defining success in music, today announced the finalists for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, honoring the year’s most successful artists in 40 categories. The 2014 Billboard Music Awards will broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18th, on ABC from 8:00 PM–11:00 PM ET, with performances from music’s biggest stars.
Derulo appeared in the 8:00 AM ET hour of “Good Morning America” today, to announce his participation as a performer in this year’s Billboard Music Awards. Derulo also announced five of the 40 finalist categories, including: Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Female Artist, Top R&B Artist, and Top Country Artist.
Luke Bryan leads all country acts with seven entries in six categories, including an appearance as a finalist in the overall Top Male Artist grouping taking on Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars.
The country nominees are:
TOP BILLBOARD 200 ALBUM: Luke Bryan Crash My Party
TOP DUO/GROUP: Florida Georgia Line
TOP MALE ARTIST: Luke Bryan
TOP BILLBOARD 200 ARTIST: Luke Bryan
TOP SOCIAL ARTIST: Taylor Swift
TOP COUNTRY ARTIST:
Florida Georgia Line
TOP COUNTRY ALBUM:
Garth Brooks: Blame it All On My Roots
Luke Bryan: Crash My Party
Florida Georgia Line: Here’s to the Good Times
The Robertsons: Duck the Halls
Blake Shelton: Based on a True Story
TOP CHRISTIAN ALBUM: Alan Jackson Precious Memories Volume II
TOP COUNTRY SONG:
Luke Bryan ” Crash My Party”
Luke Bryan “That’s My Kind of Night”
Darius Rucker “Wagon Wheel”
Florida Georgia Line feat. Nelly “Cruise”
Blake Shelton feat. Pistol Annies “Boys Round Here”
Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 11, 2013 through March 9, 2014. Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of a musician’s success.
As previously announced, the 2014 Milestone Award presented by Chevrolet, will be given to an innovative artist who has achieved a notable chart milestone over the past year. The six finalists for this special editorial award were announced earlier last week on Billboard.com – they are: Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Luke Bryan, OneRepublic, Ellie Goulding and Carrie Underwood. Fans can vote for their favorite Milestone artist online at Billboard.com/milestone and can enter a contest for a chance to win an opportunity to present the award live at this year’s event alongside global music superstar and Billboard Music Award winner Kelly Rowland.
“I’m really looking forward to presenting the Chevrolet Milestone Award at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. I love being able to recognize fellow artists for their accomplishments and having the opportunity to present with a fan will make the evening that much more exciting!” said Kelly Rowland.
The six finalists will be narrowed down to three finalists, who will be announced on the website on April 21st. Voting will then continue through the first two hours of the live 2014 Billboard Music Awards broadcast, culminating with the announcement of the award winner during the last hour of the show.
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