2018 Billboard Music Awards Nominees Announced
The nominees in the 2018 Billboard Music Awards have been announced, and country singers are among the names in some of the most prominent categories.
Chris Stapleton and country-turned-pop superstar Taylor Swift are both up for Top Selling Album in the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. Stapleton is nominated for his From A Room: Volume 1, which took home Album of the Year at the 2018 ACM Awards on Sunday (April 15). Swift is nominated for her most recent pop offering, Reputation.
Stapleton is nominated in several other mainstream and country categories as well, along with Sam Hunt, whose "Body Like a Back Road" scored multiple nods.
Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina, Sam Hunt, Dustin Lynch, Florida Georgia Line and 2017 Taste of Country RISER Brett Young are among the country artists nominated in prominent country categories in the 2018 Billboard Music. Thomas Rhett, Sam Hunt, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris and more are also representing country music in the nominations.
The annual awards show, which recognizes the top-selling artists of each year, announced the 2018 nominees on Thursday (April 17). Twelve-time Billboard Music Awards winner and 17-time nominee Kelly Clarkson will host the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, which will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 20. The broadcast will air live on NBC for the first time in 2018.
2018 Billboard Music Awards Nominees (Country Nods):
Top Selling Album
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN
Pink, Beautiful Trauma
Ed Sheeran, Divide
Chris Stapleton, From a Room: Volume 1
Taylor Swift, Reputation
Top Country Song
"What Ifs," Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina
"Body Like a Backroad," Sam Hunt
"Small Town Boy," Dustin Lynch
"Meant to Be," Bebe Rexha + Florida Georgia Line
"In Case You Didn't Know," Brett Young
Top Billboard 200 Artist
Billboard Chart Achievement Award
Top Country Artist
Top Country Male Artist
Top Country Female Artist
Top Country Duo/Group
Florida Georgia Line
Zac Brown Band
Top Country Tour
Florida Georgia Line
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Top Country Album
Kane Brown, Kane Brown
Luke Combs, This One's for You
Thomas Rhett, Life Changes
Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1
Brett Young, Brett Young
Top Christian Album
Elevation Worship, There Is a Cloud
Hillsong United, Wonder
Hillsong Worship, Let There Be Light
Alan Jackson, Precious Memories Collection
Mercy Me, Lifer
Top Selling Song
Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, "Despacito"
Sam Hunt, "Body Like a Back Road"
Imagine Dragons, "Believer"
Imagine Dragons, "Thunder"
Ed Sheeran, "Perfect"
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