Rihanna, Eminem, Lady Gaga lead 2011 Billboard Awards nominees

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Rihanna is having a pretty good year, between the handful of smash singles spawned by her fifth album, Loud (including the current hit “S&M,” which just got a remix featuring none other than Britney Spears), and her attendant tour this summer.

Now, she can add a whopping 18 nominations for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards to her ever-growing resumé.

The full list of nominees dropped today, and the Barbadian singer leads all artists with nods in most of the major categories, including Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top 100 Artist and Top R&B Artist. Former collaborator Eminem is just behind her with 16 noms, including half a dozen for their chart-topping tag-team effort “Love the Way You Lie.”

Lady Gaga will also have the chance to score up to twelve statuettes when the 2011 BMAs are handed out on Sunday, May 22 (8 P.M. EST on ABC). Other finalists include Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Drake and Ke$ha.

The full list of artist award nominations is after the jump, and for a complete list of all noms, head over to the awards’ official site.

2011 Billboard Music Awards

Top Artist
Justin Bieber
Eminem
Lady Gaga
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top New Artist
Justin Bieber
Taio Cruz
Ke$ha
Bruno Mars
Nicki Minaj

Top Male Artist
Justin Bieber
Drake
Eminem
Bruno Mars
Usher

Top Female Artist
Ke$ha
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group
The Black Eyed Peas
Bon Jovi
Lady Antebellum
Linkin Park
U2

Top Billboard 200 Artist
Justin Bieber
Susan Boyle
Eminem
Lady Antebellum
Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist
Ke$ha
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
Rihanna
Usher

Top Digital Songs Artist
Eminem
Ke$ha
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Top Radio Songs Artist
Drake
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
Rihanna
Usher

Top Touring Artist
Bon Jovi
Michael Buble
Lady Gaga
U2
Roger Waters

Top Social Artist
Akon
Justin Bieber
Eminem
Lady Gaga
Rihanna

Top Streaming Artist
Justin Bieber
Eminem
Lady Gaga
Rihanna
Shakira

Top Digital Media Artist
Akon
Justin Bieber
Eminem
Lady Gaga
Rihanna

Top Pop Artist
Justin Bieber
The Black Eyed Peas
Ke$ha
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry

Top R&B Artist
Alicia Keys
Monica
Rihanna
Trey Songz
Usher

Top Rap Artist
Drake
Eminem
Lil Wayne
Ludacris
Nicki Minaj

Top Country Artist
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Lady Antebellum
Taylor Swift
Zac Brown Band

Top Rock Artist
Kings of Leon
Linkin Park
Mumford & Sons
Muse
Train

Top Alternative Artist
The Black Keys
Kings of Leon
Linkin Park
Mumford & Sons
Muse

Top Latin Artist
Enrique Iglesias
Pitbull
Prince Royce
Shakira
Wisin & Yandel

Top Dance Artist
The Black Eyed Peas
David Guetta
Lady Gaga
La Roux
Rihanna

Top Christian Artist
Casting Crowns
MercyMe
Skillet
tobyMac
Chris Tomlin

More on EW.com:
Rihanna teams up with Britney Spears for ‘S&M’ remix: Hear it here
Eminem, Arcade Fire, Lil Wayne, The Black Keys and more confirmed to rock Bonnaroo’s 2011 festival
‘Glee’ will perform Lady Gaga in super-sized episode April 26 — but it’s not a tribute

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  • Chichi

    List is invalid due to lack of Robyn in all categories.

    • Allie

      This

  • Victor Eloy

    Rihanna was biggest artist from last year, she notched 4 hot100 number ones in a row..something no one since UIsher back in 2004 has achieved.
    I think she deserved to be named top artist of the year 2010.
    I dont know why Lady gaga got so many nominations when she didnt have a number one single or album in the whole year.
    Billboard music awards are about sellings.

  • blackbird

    @Victor Eloy

    because her album the fame is since 2008 in the charts and still sell pretty good, gaga albums are masterpieces and longseller

    • Stephen

      Gaga’s Fame has hits galore on it..Wait until Gaga’s new CD drops. We haven’t seen anything yet.

      • Julie

        So far her new material sucks.

  • Rana Meyer

    And Kris Allen was nominated for Best Christian Song for Live Like We’re Dying. GO KRIS!

  • zack1234

    THE FAME MONSTER BEST ALBUM IN THE WORLD OF 2009 2010 AND STILL 2011 MORE THAN 80 MILLIONS OF SINGLES SOLD WITH JUST BORN THIS WAY THE FASTER SELLING SINGLE 6 WEEKS ON 1 ONE NUMBER NUBER 1 IN THE WORLD NUMBER 1 ON THE 24 ITUNES THE BEST SELLING REMIXES IN JUST 2 MONTHS MY LADY GAGA HAS DONE ALL THIS AMAZING THINGS AND THE 10000 NUMBER 1 THE LEADER OF THE NEXT 999 SONGS IN 52 YEARS AND MY LADY GAGA DONT NEED DUETS TO GET A NUMBER 1 FOR 6 WEEKS STRAIGHT and those cheap if we can say artist if the could they will do a duet even with a dog but the dogs cant sing oh wait juts like them

  • Music Stan

    Rihanna DID NOT get 4 #1s on the Hot 100 in a row. After “Rude Boy” (her only #1 from Rated R) she released “Rockstar 101″ and it flopped at #64. Katy Perry is the most recent artist to get 4 consecutive #1s on the Hot 100 (all her singles from her latest album hit #1).

  • Music Stan

    And since you’re quick to mention that Gaga doesn’t have a #1 album, Rihanna doesn’t have a #1 album at all either.

  • carol

    JUSTIN BIEBER….
    JUST…
    love

  • lah

    The majority of these artists are boring. Every song they put out sounds basically the same. I tired of Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Eminmen, Taylor Swift, and Katy Perry.

  • MT

    No nomination for Chris Brown in the R&B field? LOL. ‘Deuces’ was #1 on Billboard R&B chart for 10 weeks!!!
    What is the R&B track Rihanna has released last year exactly? Or the year before?
    Oh well, I’m not even mad. This is plain ridiculous.

    • MT

      And plus, Rihanna has 18 nods but she’s not nominated as a Top ‘POP’ artist. Isn’t she a pop singer? And no nominations for Kanye either. Wow.

      • lisa

        No, apparently she is considered R&B. (see female r&b noms) But she sure sounds pop to me!

    • rien

      I have to agree, I find it really hard to believe that Chris Brown was not nomimated for Deuces and also would agree that Rihanna is more Pop than she is R&B

    • ashley

      u r so right

  • A2

    Hope Taio wins best new artist. All his songs are great pop tunes, even if pop isnt the greatest music type

  • Sajee

    hopefully eminem doesnt get robbed at these awards!! he deserves all that hes nominated for!!!

  • sean

    Oh cmon, rihanna runs billboard we all know this, she had four #1′s last year, Rude boy, LTWYL, Only girl and What’s My Name, now S&M is going to be her 10th #1 next week….she is the top artist of 2010

  • me

    zack1234@ yeah gaga has dog face

  • BR.Eminem

    EMINEM E FODA BY BRASIL ME CHUPA AMERICANOS DE BOSTA :D !

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