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The nominees for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards were revealed on Tuesday, April 7. Taylor Swift leads the pack as she bags 14 nominations in multiple categories including Top Artist, Top Female Artist, and Top Social Artist. Her massively successful album ?1989? and its lead single ?Shake It Off? are in contention for Top Billboard 200 Album and Top Hot 100 Song, respectively.

Trailing closely behind the country-turned-pop superstar, her BFF Sam Smith earns 13 nods. The British sensation is pitted against Swift and other music?s big names like Iggy Azalea, Ed Sheeran and Meghan Trainor in various categories like Top New Artist and Top Male Artist. His debut set ?In the Lonely Hour? and his hit single ?Stay With Me? will also compete against Swift?s projects for the Top Billboard 200 Album and Top Hot 100 Song titles.

Azalea is another big BMA nominee as she?s up for 12 awards like Top Rap Artist and Top Rap Album for her 2014 LP ?The New Classic?. The Australian raptress additionally has her two smashing hits ?Fancy? featuring Charli XCX and ?Black Widow? featuring Rita Ora nominated for the Top Rap Song Award.

Other names scoring multiple nominations include Trainor, Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and One Direction.

The Billboard Music Award nominees were chosen based on album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social-media interactions tracked by Billboard and its data partners including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound, Billboard says.

Winners will be announced during the ceremony set to air live on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 17. The full nominations list is available on BMAs? official site.

2015 Billboard Music Award Nominees
Top Artist:

Ariana GrandeOne DirectionKaty PerrySam SmithTaylor Swift

Top New Artist:

5 Seconds of SummerIggy AzaleaHozierSam SmithMeghan Trainor

Top Male Artist:

DrakePharrell WilliamsEd SheeranSam SmithJustin Timberlake

Top Female Artist:

Iggy AzaleaAriana GrandeKaty PerryTaylor SwiftMeghan Trainor

Top Duo/Group:

5 Seconds of SummerFlorida Georgia LineMAGIC!Maroon 5One Direction

Top Billboard 200 Artist:

One DirectionPentatonixEd SheeranSam SmithTaylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist:

Iggy AzaleaAriana GrandeSam SmithTaylor SwiftMeghan Trainor

Top R&B Song:

Chris Brown Feat. Lil Wayne, French Montana, Too Short & Tyga ? ?Loyal?Jason Derulo Feat. 2 Chainz ? ?Talk Dirty?Jeremih Feat. YG ? ?Don?t Tell ?Em?John Legend ? ?All of Me?Pharrell Williams ? ?Happy?

Top Rap Song:

Iggy Azalea Feat. Charli XCX ? ?Fancy?Iggy Azalea Feat. Rita Ora ? ?Black Widow?Big Sean Feat. E-40 ? ?I Don?t F**k With You?Nicki Minaj ? ?Anaconda?Bobby Shmurda ? ?Hot Boy?

Top Country Song:

Jason Aldean ? ?Burnin? It Down?Luke Bryan ? ?Play It Again?Sam Hunt ? ?Leave the Night On?Florida Georgia Line Feat. Luke Bryan ? ?This Is How We Roll?Florida Georgia Line ? ?Dirt?

Top Rock Song:

Bastille ? ?Pompeii?Coldplay ? ?A Sky Full of Stars?Fall Out Boy ? ?Centuries?Hozier ? ?Take Me to Church?Paramore ? ?Ain?t It Fun?

Billboard Chart Achievement Award presented by Samsung:

Iggy AzaleaTaylor SwiftMeghan Trainor

? AceShowbiz.com

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