Cardi B leads all nominees at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. The I Like It rapper is nominated 21 times in 18 categories, just missing the record for most nominations set by Drake and The Chainsmokers, who each had 22 in 2017. Cardi will compete against herself in three categories -- top Hot 100 song, top selling song, and top collaboration.
Following Cardi B, Drake and Post Malone each have 17 nominations. Travis Scott is up for 12 awards, and XXXTentacion is up for 10.
Among the other nominees are Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper who are up for the chart achievement award, top soundtrack for A Star Is Born, and top selling song for Shallow. Gaga is up separately for top song sales artist.
For this year's ceremony, there are two fan-voted categories -- Top Social Artist, and Chart Achievement.
2019 Nominations Fast Facts
Cardi B leads with 21 nominations, the most of any artist this year
In addition to receiving the most nominations (21), Cardi B is also nominated in more categories than any other artist this year (18). She is nominated twice in three of the 18 categories: Top Hot 100 Song, Top Selling Song and Top Collaboration.
If Cardi B wins in all her categories, she will tie with Garth Brooks for 19 total wins and surpass Adele and Usher who have 18
2018 Billboard Music Award winner for Top Rap Female Artist, Cardi B, could tie with Garth Brooks for total wins of all time (19) if she wins in all her categories this year. Taylor Swift still holds the record for most wins of all time (23), followed by Justin Bieber (20).
Taylor Swift could break her own record for most wins by any artist of all time
Taylor Swift is nominated for Top Female Artist and Top Touring Artist this year. If she wins in these categories, she could break her own record for most wins by any artist of all time (23).
Ariana Grande could win her first ever Billboard Music Award this year
Ariana Grande, who scored 9 nominations this year including Top Artist, Top Female Artist and for the second year in a row, Top Social Artist, could receive her first ever Billboard Music Award at this year’s show.
Drake could break his own record for most wins in a single night
Cardi B leads for the most nominations this year (21), followed by Drake (17) and Post Malone (17). All three artists have the chance to surpass Drake’s record (13) for the artist with the most wins in a single night.
The 2019 Billboard Awards will be aired on Vh1 India on 2nd May, 2019