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Sweet 16: Post Malone Leads Billboard Awards Nominations

ByReiss Bowler

Sep 22, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) – Post Malone is the sunflower of the 2020 Billboard Music Awards.

The multi-platinum 25-year-old star scored 16 nominations, Dick Clark productions and NBC announced Tuesday. Malone’s nominations include top artist, top male artist, top rap artist, and top artist streaming songs.

His 2019 album ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’ – with the hits’ Circles’, ‘Wow’ and ‘Goodbyes’ – is in the pipeline for the top Billboard 200 album while’ Sunflower ‘, his collaboration with Swae Lee of the Oscar-winning animation’ Spider- Man: Into the Spider-Verse ”, has been nominated for the best rap songs, the best collaboration and the best streaming songs.

Lil Nas X follows Malone with 13 nominations, while Billie Eilish and Khalid each scored 12 nods. Malone, Eilish and Khalid will compete for the show’s biggest prize, the top performer, along with Taylor Swift and Jonas Brothers.

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards will be broadcast live on October 14 from The Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, although Dick Clark or NBC did not provide details on how the show would be handled during the pandemic. The 2020 awards ceremony was originally scheduled to take place in April, but was postponed due to the corona virus.

It’s why some of the nominees in the 55 categories may feel dated. This year’s Billboard Awards reflect the chart period from March 23, 2019 through March 14, 2020, and for example, all five nominees for the top prize, the best Hot 100 song, were nominated for Grammys earlier this year in January. Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” – which won the Grammy for Album of the Year – should not compete with Malone’s record for best Billboard 200 album, where other nominees are Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next”, released in October 2018, and Swift’s “Lover” her recent release “Folklore.”

In fact, some of the nominees were big contenders for the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards – held over a year ago – including Lil Nas X’s record hit “Old Town Road” and Lizzo’s anthemic “Truth Hurts”.

Lizzo, who earned 11 nominations, is a first Billboard nominee such as Eilish and Lil Nas X. Kanye West, who released two gospel albums this year that took the Billboard gospel charts, has earned nine awards, including bids for best gospel artist and top christian artist. Four of the five songs nominated for the best gospel song come from the West.

Rapper Juice WRLD, who died in December and is currently dominating the charts and streaming services with his first posthumous album “Legends Never Die”, received nominations for best rap artist and best rap album for his 2019 release “Death Race for Love”.

Other late nominees include EDM superstar Avicii, who has been nominated for best dance / electronic artist and best dance / electronic album for “Tim,” the album he started working on before he died in 2018 and was later completed by are producers and family.

And Whitney Houston, who passed away in 2012, was nominated for best dance / electronic song for ‘Higher Love’, her platinum collaboration with Norwegian DJ producer Kygo. Houston originally released a cover of Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love” as a bonus track for Japan only on her 1990 album “I’m Your Baby Tonight”, but Kygo’s dance remix of the song became an international hit after it went down last year. released.

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