Billboard Music Awards Finalists Announced

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• April 22, 2013

BillboardLogo250Taylor Swift joins fun. and Maroon 5 as a lead finalist for the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, which will air live on May 19 beginning at 7 p.m. CT on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Swift is nominated in the categories of Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Female Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Digital Songs Artist, Top Social Artist, Top Country Artist, Top Country Album, Top Streaming Song (Video) and Top Country Song.

Top Country Artist Category nominees include Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes and Carrie Underwood.

Jason Aldean is the only country artist nominated in the Top Male Artist category.

The Top Country Album nominees are Carrie Underwood (Blown Away), Jason Aldean (Night Train), Luke Bryan (Tailgates & Tanlines), Swift (Red) and Lionel Richie (Tuskegee).

Top Country Song nominees include Luke Bryan‘s “Drunk On You,” Eric Church‘s “Springsteen,” Florida Georgia Line‘s “Cruise,” Hunter Hayes‘ “Wanted” and Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”

Casting Crowns, MercyMe, Matt Redman, tobyMac and Chris Tomlin are nominated in the Top Christian Artist category.

In the Top Christian Album category, Casting CrownsCome To The Well, Lecrae‘s Gravity, MercyMe‘s The Hurt & The Healer, tobyMac‘s Eye On It and Various Artists’ Wow Hits 2013: 30 of Today’s Top Christian Artists & Hits are nominated.

Top Christian Song nominees include Big Daddy Weave‘s “Redeemed,” Building 429‘s “Where I Belong” Newsboys‘ “God’s Not Dead (Like A Lion),” Matt Redman‘s “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” and tobyMac‘s “Me Without You.”

Billboard Music Awards finalists were 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 were tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound.

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Jessica Nicholson is a staff writer with MusicRow Enterprises. Her previous music journalism experience includes work with Country Weekly magazine, TasteofCountry.com and Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) magazine. She holds a BBA degree in Music Business and Marketing from Belmont University. She welcomes your feedback at jnicholson@musicrow.com.

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