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The Weeknd leads the nominations for the 2016 Billboard Music Awards

The Weeknd leads the nominations for the 2016 Billboard Music Awards

The Weeknd leads the nominations for the 2016 Billboard Music Awards with 19 nods in 16 categories.

The finalists for nominations were revealed by the show's hosts, rap star Ludacris and pop-R&B diva Ciara, early Monday on “Good Morning America.”

The bounty of nods for the Weeknd, a first-time nominee, follows the breakout success of his blockbuster sophomore album, “Beauty Behind the Madness,” which won multiple Grammys this year. The alternative R&B singer is up for top artist, top male artist and top hot 100 song (his smash hits “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills” compete against one another).

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