Billboard announced today the highly anticipated 2013 Billboard Music Awards finalists, following the year-long tracking period of March 12, 2012 to March 10, 2013, including such names as Taylor Swift, fun., Maroon 5 and One Direction. Winners will be revealed on the Billboard Music Awards show airing live from Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena SUNDAY, MAY 19 (8:00–11:00 pm, ET). The star-studded broadcast will be hosted by actor/comedian Tracy Morgan.
Taylor Swift, fun. and Maroon 5 tie for the lead with nods in 11 award categories, followed by Rihanna and Carly Rae Jepsen as finalists in 10 and nine categories, respectively. One Direction is the finalist with the next-highest count, with spots in an impressive eight categories.
Rihanna is a strong contender as a finalist in 10 categories including Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Streaming Artist, Top R&B Artist, Album and Song as well as Top Dance Song. Carly Rae Jepsen’s breakout hit “Call Me Maybe” earned her a finalist position in six separate song categories including Top Hot 100 Song, Top Digital Song, Top Radio Song, Top Streaming Song (Video) and Top Pop Song.
Debuting for the first time this year, the Billboard Music Awards will also feature new EDM categories due to the overwhelming popularity of this genre, which will spotlight top electronic dance music artists, albums and songs.