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.