The nominees to the 2011 Billboard Music Awards were announced
yesterday (April 13). As expected, it's S&M hitmaker Rihanna,
who bagged maximum nominations. The multiple-award finalists
included Eminem, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber.
Rihanna bagged highest number of nominations – a finalist in 18
categories like Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Female Artist, Top R&B
Artist and Top Dance/Electronic Artist. Her smash collaboration
with Eminem, "Love the Way You Lie," will compete in six song
Rapper Eminem, a finalist in 16 categories, got the second
highest nominations. He was followed by Lady Gaga with 12
nominations, while Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber had 11 nominations
each. The other contenders in Top New Artist include Ke$ha, Nicki
Minaj and Taio Cruz. Winners will be announced at the Billboard
Music Awards to be held on May 22.