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It's no fairytale; Imagine Dragons tie with Lorde for 12 Billboard nominations

First time Billboard nominess Imagine Dragons tied with Lorde for the lead with 12 nominations each
First time Billboard nominess Imagine Dragons tied with Lorde for the lead with 12 nominations each
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The Billboard Music Awards, set to air May 18 on ABC, broke the names of the 2014 nominated artists just a few hours ago today. Imagine Dragons and Lorde lead the pack with a whopping 12 nominations each.

Top Artist

  • Miley Cyrus
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Bruno Mars
  • Katy Perry
  • Justin Timberlake

Another newer, less traditional category which many artists covet is the social media category, indicating how well the performer is reaching out to and interacting with the masses. Almost better than just straight stats and numbers, this category shows to what extent an artist has become ingrained in the minds of listeners as a relevant part of their personal and social lives.

Top Social Artist

  • Justin Bieber
  • Miley Cyrus
  • One Direction
  • Rihanna
  • Taylor Swift

Another sign of the changing times is that it’s not just about the amount of albums or CDs sold, but more and more artists are vying for having their music streamed the most. It is a sure sign of your popularity when fans constantly crave your music and want it streaming through every techie device in their homes and cars.

Top Streaming Song (Audio)

  • Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams – “Get Lucky”
  • Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive”
  • Lorde – “Royals”
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton - “Can’t Hold Us”
  • Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams – “Blurred Lines”

Here’s a fun treat to hold you over until the big show. Take a quick trip down the musical memory lane and compare the big winners of Billboard Music Awards 2013 with today’s list of nominees. The big winners and who’s not even nominated this year may just surprise you.