There are no surprises at the top of this year's Billboard Music Awards nominees.
One Direction, Ariana Grande and
The only curious entry in the upper ranks of the awards is the pop-a-cappella group Pentatonix, up for Billboard 200 album against more traditional acts like
These awards, which went dark from 2007 to 2011, are one of the last in a sea of awards shows that only gets more crowded each year. Winners are determined by a set standard of popularity measurements -- think all the fan frenzy of the American Music Awards mixed with all the skullduggery of Grammy voting.
According to Billboard, their metrics 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,
Though perhaps the enthusiasm has already led to some thumbs on the scale for the nominees. Note that currently, for what it's worth, the site's Wikipedia page shows
The telecast will air live on May 17 from the MGM Las Vegas. Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen will host, so expect plenty of salty, good-natured banter about yet another awards show honoring the already well honored.
For the Record
April 7, 4:45 p.m.: An earlier version of this article misspelled host Chrissy Teigen's last name as Tiegen.