Sam Smith Leads Billboard Music Awards With 4 Nods

Sam Smith Leads Billboard Music Awards With 4 Nods

Plus, Ariana Grande, Pharrell and John Legend score nominations.

Published April 7, 2015

This morning, Ludacris, the host of this year's Billboard Music Awards, announced nominees in five categories alongside rock star Pete Wentz.


Leading the pack with four nominations a piece are crooner Sam Smith and pop sweetheart Taylor Swift. Ariana Grande has racked up two nominations so far for Top Female Artist and Top Artist.

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Despite the fact that Justin Timberlake has not released an album since 2013, he managed to snag a nod for Top Male Artist alongside Ed Sheeran, Pharrell, Drake and Sam Smith.

The rest of the categories and nominees will be announced later today by Luda's co-host, Chrissy Teigen, and Empire's breakout star Jussie Smollett.

The awards will air May 17 on ABC. 


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Written by Taj Rani

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