Eminem, Rihanna Heavily Nominated For Billboard Music Awards

Superstar entertainers Eminem, Rihanna and Lady Gaga have been enjoying loads of success over the last year, with all three being heavily nominated for awards by all of the organizational bodies of music. It would almost appear as if the three were intrinsically linked by their fame and notoriety and deservingly so – their chart domination and ability to appeal to an international audience has been proven time and again.

The stars once again share amongst themselves a heavy amount of nominations for the upcoming 2011 Billboard Music Awards. Bajan pop princess Rihanna leads the way with a whopping 18 nominations which include top female artist, top R&B artist and also top Hot 100 artist. Eminem nips at Rihanna’s heels with a still impressive 16 nominations, adding on to a nomination tally the rapper has never enjoyed before in his long and successful career. Slim Shady is up for the top rap artist, top male artist and top Billboard 200 artist awards to name a few.

Lady GaGa doesn’t have much to be upset about with 12 nominations herself. The eccentric singer is nominated for top dance/electronic album and has three of her releases – The Fame, The Fame Monster and a remix EP – all in contention for an award. Although she’s had a banner year as well, Nicki Minaj doesn’t get much mention although she is nominated for top new artist award battling with the likes of Ke$sha and Taio Cruz.

The glitzy award show will air live on May 22 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be shown on the ABC Network.

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