One Direction, the biggest-selling global act to emerge from "The X Factor," is nominated for three prizes at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, which will be presented on May 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. ABC will have the U.S. telecast of the show. One Direction is nominated for Top Duo/Group, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Social Artist. Billboard announced the nominations on April 9, 2014.
In addition, there is a Billboard Music Awards contest in which the winner will get to present the Chevrolet Milestone Award on stage with Kelly Rowland at the 2014 ceremony. Rowland is a former member of Destiny's Child. She was a judge on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2011, and a judge on "The X Factor" U.S. in 2013.
Fans can vote for their favorite Milestone artist online at Billboard.com/milestone and can enter a contest for a chance to win an opportunity to present the award live at this year’s event alongside Rowland. The six finalists will be narrowed down to three finalists, who will be announced on the Billboard Music Awards website on April 21, 2014. Voting will then continue through the first two hours of the live 2014 Billboard Music Awards broadcast, culminating with the announcement of the award winner during the last hour of the show.
Rowland commented in a press release: "I'm really looking forward to presenting the Chevrolet Milestone Award at this year's Billboard Music Awards. I love being able to recognize fellow artists for their accomplishments and having the opportunity to present with a fan will make the evening that much more exciting!"
It has not yet been announced which other artists will be at the ceremony and who is hosting the show.
According to Billboard: "Billboard Music Awards finalists are 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 are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 11, 2013 through March 9, 2014."
In 2013, One Direction won the Billboard Music Awards for Top Pop Artist, Top New Artist and Top Duo/Group. Of these three categories, only Top New Artist was shown during the telecast.
One Direction was unable to attend the 2013 Billboard Music Awards because the group was on tour in Italy. One Direction had 10 nominations in eight categories at the awards show.
One Direction came in third place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2010 and has since had No. 1 hits and sold-out tours in several countries.
Here are the nominees for 2014 Billboard Music Awards categories in which One Direction is nominated:
Florida Georgia Line
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Top Billboard 200 Artist
Top Social Artist
May 18, 2014 update: Shaneen Quarles, a weather anchor who has worked in local TV news, was the winner of the Billboard Music Awards contest to present the Milestone Award with Rowland. Carrie Underwood won the award.
In another category, Cher Lloyd (who came in fourth place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2010) presented the Top Streaming Artist award with Austin Mahone. The award went to Miley Cyrus. Lloyd also performed on the Billboard Music Awards pre-show.
Meanwhile, One Direction did not attend the ceremony and did not win any awards. The winners in the following categories were:
Top Duo/Group: Imagine Dragons
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Justin Timberlake
Top Social Artist: Justin Bieber