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Imagine Dragons, Lorde lead 2014 Billboard Music Award nominations

Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Miley Cyrus lead the nominations for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.

Leading the pack of nominees, which were unveiled Wednesday morning, are Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons and 17-year-old New Zealand pop prodigy Lorde, who both scored 12 nods.

Imagine Dragons and Lorde dominated radio last year with inescapable hits. The quintet’s Grammy-winning smash “Radioactive” made Billboard history in February after spending a record-breaking 77 weeks on the trade publication's Hot 100 chart and Lorde’s biting, yet ubiquitous, hit “Royals” nabbed her the honor of being the youngest artist to win song of the year at the Grammys. The two will square off in nine categories, including Hot 100 artist, digital song, radio songs artist, top rock artist and rock album. 

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Lorde is also up for new artist against Capital Cities, Ariana Grande and Passenger.

Timberlake scored 11 nods, including top artist and Billboard 200 album for his comeback opus, “The 20/20 Experience” (the two-part album even competes with itself in the R&B album category).

Perry is up for 10, including top artist, top female and Hot 100 artist, and breakout Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are in the running for eight trophies.

Cyrus, whose transition from Disney princess to urban pop provocateur has yet to pay off with any actual awards could see her luck reversed on the Billboard stage. The headline-grabber is up for nine, including top artist, top female, Hot 100 artist and top streaming artist. 

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Finalists for Billboard’s Milestone award, which was launched last year to honor musical ingenuity and innovation (Justin Bieber won the inaugural fan-voted award to mostly jeers) are Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Luke Bryan, OneRepublic, Ellie Goulding and Carrie Underwood. The six finalists will be whittled down to three and fans logging their votes online can also enter a contest to present the honor alongside Kelly Rowland during the telecast.

Other notable nominees include Beyoncé, whose surprise album is up for a slew of honors, Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, Luke Bryan and Eminem.

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards will air live (except on the West Coast) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 18 at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.

Full list of nominations below:

Top Artist:
Miley Cyrus
Imagine Dragons
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
Justin Timberlake

Top New Artist:
Bastille
Capital Cities
Ariana Grande
Lorde
Passenger

Top Male Artist:
Luke Bryan
Drake
Eminem
Bruno Mars
Justin Timberlake

Top Female Artist:
Beyoncé
Miley Cyrus
Lorde
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Top Duo/Group:
Florida Georgia Line
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
One Direction
OneRepublic

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Beyoncé
Luke Bryan
Eminem
One Direction
Justin Timberlake

Top Hot 100 Artist:
Miley Cyrus
Imagine Dragons
Lorde
Katy Perry
Justin Timberlake

Top Digital Songs Artist:
Miley Cyrus
Imagine Dragons
Lorde
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Katy Perry

Top Radio Songs Artist:
Imagine Dragons
Lorde
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
Justin Timberlake

Top Touring Artist:
Beyoncé
Bon Jovi
P!nk
Rihanna
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

Top Social Artist:
Justin Bieber
Miley Cyrus
One Direction
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top Streaming Artist:
Miley Cyrus
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Katy Perry
PSY

Top R&B Artist:
Beyoncé
Pharrell Williams
Rihanna
Robin Thicke
Justin Timberlake

Top Rap Artist:
Drake
Eminem
Jay Z
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Pitbull

Top Country Artist:
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Darius Rucker
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Top Rock Artist:
Capital Cities
Fall Out Boy
Imagine Dragons
Lorde
Passenger

Top Latin Artist:
Marc Anthony
Gerardo Ortiz
Jenni Rivera
Prince Royce
Romeo Santos

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
Avicii
Daft Punk
Calvin Harris
Lady Gaga
Zedd

Top Christian Artist:
Mandisa
Skillet
tobyMac
Chris Tomlin
Matthew West

Milestone Award:
Imagine Dragons
John Legend
Luke Bryan
Ellie Goulding
OneRepublic
Carrie Underwood

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Beyoncé “Beyoncé”
Luke Bryan “Crash My Party”
Drake “Nothing Was The Same”
Eminem “The Marshall Mathers LP 2”
Justin Timberlake “The 20/20 Experience”

Top R&B Album:
Beyoncé “Beyoncé”
R. Kelly “Black Panties”
Robin Thicke “Blurred Lines”
Justin Timberlake “The 20/20 Experience”
Justin Timberlake “The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)”

Top Rap Album:
J. Cole “Born Sinner”
Drake “Nothing Was The Same”
Eminem “The Marshall Mathers LP 2”
Jay Z “Magna Carta…Holy Grail”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “The Heist”

Top Country Album:
Garth Brooks “Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences”
Luke Bryan “Crash My Party”
Florida Georgia Line “Here’s To The Good Time”
The Robertsons “Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas”
Blake Shelton “Based On A True Story”

Top Rock Album:
Lana Del Rey “Born To Die”
Fall Out Boy “Save Rock And Roll”
Imagine Dragons “Night Visions”
Lorde “Pure Heroine”
Mumford & Sons “Babel”

Top Latin Album:
Marc Anthony “3.0”
Alejandro Fernandez “Confidencias”
Jenni Rivera “1969- Siempre: En Vivo Desde Monterrey: Parte 1
Prince Royce “Soy El Mismo”
Romeo Santos “Formula: Vol. 2”

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
Avicii “True”
Daft Punk “Random Access Memories”
Lady Gaga “ARTPOP”
Lindsey Stirling “Lindsey Stirling”
Zedd “Clarity”

Top Christian Album:
Alan Jackson “Precious Memories: Volume II”
Skillet “Rise”
Third Day “Miracle”
Chris Tomlin “Burning Lights”
Various Artists “WOW Hits 2014”

Top Hot 100 Song:
Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball”
Imagine Dragons “Radioactive”
Lorde “Royals”
Katy Perry “Roar”
Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines”

Top Digital Song:
Imagine Dragons “Radioactive”
Lorde “Royals”
OneRepublic “Counting Stars”
Katy Perry “Roar”
Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines”

Top Radio Song:
Avicii “Wake Me Up!”
Lorde “Royals”
Katy Perry “Roar”
Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines”
Justin Timberlake “Mirrors”

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”

Top Streaming Song (Video):
Baauer “Harlem Shake”
Miley Cyrus “We Can’t Stop”
Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz “Thrift Shop”
Katy Perry “Roar”

Top R&B Song:
Beyoncé Feat. Jay Z “Drunk In Love”
Drake Featuring Majid Jordan “Hold On, We’re Going Home”
Pharrell Williams “Happy”
Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines”
Justin Timberlake Feat. Jay Z “Suit & Tie”

Top Rap Song:
Eminem Featuring Rihanna “The Monster”
Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake “Holy Grail”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Ray Dalton “Can’t Hold Us”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz “Thrift Shop”
Pitbull Featuring Ke$ha “Timber”

Top Country Song:
Luke Bryan “Crash My Party”
Luke Bryan “That’s My Kind Of Night”
Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nelly “Cruise”
Darius Rucker “Wagon Wheel”
Blake Shelton Featuring Pistol Annies & Friends “Boys ‘Round Here”

Top Rock Song:
Capital Cities “Safe And Sound”
Imagine Dragons “Demons”
Imagine Dragons “Radioactive”
Lorde “Royals”
Passenger “Let Her Go”

Top Latin Song:
Marc Anthony “Vivir Mi Vida”
Daddy Yankee “Limbo”
Enrique Iglesias Featuring Romeo Santos “Loco”
Prince Royce “Darte Un Beso”
Romeo Santos “Propuesta Indecente”

Top Dance/Electronic Song:
Avicii “Wake Me Up!”
Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams “Get Lucky”
Icona Pop Featuring Charlie XCX “I Love It”
Lady Gaga “Applause”
Zedd Featuring Foxes “Clarity”

Top Christian Song:
Building 429 “We Won't Be Shaken”
Mandisa “Overcomer”
Sidewalk Prophets “Help Me Find It”
Chris Tomlin “Whom Shall I Fear (God Of Angel Armies)”
Matthew West “Hello, My Name Is” 

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