Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Top Billboard Music Awards Finalists Announced

Taylor Swift, fun. and Maroon 5 lead the finalists for the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, which will air live on Sunday, May 19 beginning at 8/7c on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

While all three artists are finalists in a whopping 11 categories this year, Swift and Maroon 5 will also compete for the coveted Top Artist prize at this year's ceremony. Swift is coming off of another blockbuster year in which her album "Red" notched the biggest debut sales week of any album in 2013, while Maroon 5 added more hits to its arsenal with songs like "Payphone," "One More Night" and "Daylight." fun., which scored its first No. 1 single with the anthem "We Are Young," will contend in the Top Hot 100 Artist and Top Duo/Group categories, among others.


After scoring 18 category appearances in 2011 and 13 more in 2012, "Diamonds" superstar Rihanna once again lands double-digit finalist slots by competing in 10 categories this year, including Top Artist. Meanwhile, Carly Rae Jepsen's breakout year -- marked by the song of last summer, "Call Me Maybe" -- landed the Canadian pop singer showing in nine categories this year, including Top Hot 100 Song, Top Pop Song, Top Digital Song and Top Radio Song.

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