Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran lead Billboard Music Award nominations

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The nominees for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards have been revealed, and it's newly minted Pulitzer Prize victor Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars in the lead with 15 BBMA nominations apiece.

Post Malone received 13 nominations including Top Male Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, plus two nominations in the Top Streaming Song (Audio) category.

Beyonce has been left off the list for Top Female Artist, which will be contested by Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Halsey, Demi Lovato and Swift.

Swift's Reputation and Lamar's DAMN are nominated for Top Selling Album alongside Beautiful Trauma from Pink, Divide from Sheeran and From A Room: Volume 1 from Chris Stapleton. The band is up for the Top Rock Artist honor, as are Imagine Dragons, Linkin Park, Portugal. the Man and Twenty One Pilots.

As Russia warns against United States strike, Trump threatens missiles
So does North Korea's assassination past year of Kim Jong Un's half-brother, hit with VX nerve agent in a Malaysian airport. Russia's Defense Ministry said that none of the missiles entered zones guarded by Russia's missile defense system.

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21 Savage joins Camilla, Cardi, Kodak Black and Khalid, who announced the nominees alongside Bebe Rexha on Tuesday (17Apr18), in being up for Top New Artist. Tracks by Kane Brown, Sam Hunt, Dustin Lynch and Brett Young are also competing for the prize.

The nominees for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards have been released, with artists such as Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar leading the way. It will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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