Ludacris & Pete Wentz Announce the Finalists for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards on GMA – Full List Here!

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With help from hip-hop artist and actor Ludacris, TV host and supermodel Chrissy Teigen, Fall Out Boy musician Pete Wentz, and Empire recording artist Jussie Smollett, dick clark productions and Billboard announced the finalists for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, honoring the years most successful artists in 41 categories.

Ludacris and Wentz appeared in the 8:00 AM ET hour of ABCs Good Morning America today, to announce five of the 41 finalist categories, including: Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album and Top Hot 100 Song. Wentz also announced Fall Out Boys participation as a performer in this years Billboard Music Awards. They will be performing Uma Thurman with Wiz Khalifa.The 2015 Billboard Music Awards finalists announcement then went bicoastal, with Teigen and Smollett announcing the remaining categories at a press conference in the Twitter offices in Santa Monica, CA. The press conference was live tweeted from the official Billboard Music Awards handle (@OfficialBBMAs). Following the press conference, Teigen and Smollett participated in a live Twitter Q&A, moderated by Billboards Keith Caulfield. Visit @OfficialBBMAs to see their responses.

In addition to the 40 chart specific categories, fans can vote for the specialBillboard Chart Achievement Award presented by Samsung onBillboard.com,BillboardMusicAwards.comand on Twitter. Finalists for this category include Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift and Meghan Trainor. Voting opens on April 28.

Taylor Swift is top among all finalists with 14 entries in 13 categories, while Sam Smith is a finalist in an equal 13 categories with 13 entries. The two go head-to-head for eight of the shows biggest awards including Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist and Top Digital Songs Artist. Swift is a two-time finalist for Top Streaming Song (Video) for her Billboard chart toppers Shake It Off and Blank Space.

Iggy Azalea is a finalist in 11 categories with 12 entries, competing against herself for Top Rap Song for her hits Fancy featuring Charli XCX and Black Widow featuring Rita Ora. Newcomer Meghan Trainor is the artist with the fourth-most finalist categories, competing against Azalea for the title of Top New Artist, in addition to eight other categories.

The 2015 Billboard Music Awards will broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 17, on ABC from 8:00 PM11:00 PM ET. This years show will showcase big performances, unexpected collaborations and pop culture moments that will have everyone talking.

THE 2015 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS FINALISTS:

Top Artist:
Ariana Grande
One Direction
Katy Perry
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift

Top New Artist:
5 Seconds of Summer
Iggy Azalea
Hozier
Sam Smith
Meghan Trainor

Top Male Artist:
Drake
Pharrell Williams
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Justin Timberlake

Top Female Artist:
Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande
Katy Perry
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor

Top Duo/Group:
5 Seconds of Summer
Florida Georgia Line
MAGIC!
Maroon 5
One Direction

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
One Direction
Pentatonix
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist:
Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor

Top Digital Songs Artist:
Iggy Azalea
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor

Top Radio Songs Artist:
John Legend
Maroon 5
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift

Top Touring Artist:
Lady Gaga
One Direction
Katy Perry
The Rolling Stones
Justin Timberlake

Top Social Artist:
Justin Bieber
Miley Cyrus
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Taylor Swift

Top Streaming Artist:
Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande
Nicki Minaj
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor

Top R&B Artist:
Beyonc
Chris Brown
John Legend
Trey Songz
Pharrell Williams

Top Rap Artist:
Iggy Azalea
J. Cole
Drake
Nicki Minaj
Rae Sremmurd

Top Country Artist:
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Brantley Gilbert
Blake Shelton

Top Rock Artist:
Bastille
Coldplay
Fall Out Boy
Hozier
Lorde

Top Latin Artist:
J Balvin
Juan Gabriel
Enrique Iglesias
Prince Royce
Romeo Santos

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
Avicii
Clean Bandit
Disclosure
Calvin Harris
Lindsey Stirling

Top Christian Artist:
Casting Crowns
Hillsong United
Lecrae
MercyMe
Newsboys

ALBUM AWARDS

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Maroon 5 V
Pentatonix Thats Christmas to Me
Ed Sheeran x
Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour
Taylor Swift 1989

Top Soundtrack:
The Fault in Our Stars
Fifty Shades of Grey
Frozen
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix: Vol. 1
Into the Woods

Top R&B Album:
Beyonc Beyonc
Chris Brown X
Michael Jackson Xscape
John Legend Love in the Future
Pharrell Williams G I R L

Top Rap Album:
J. Cole 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Drake If Youre Reading This Its Too Late
Nicki Minaj The Pinkprint
Iggy Azalea The New Classic
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Top Country Album:
Jason Aldean Old Boots, New Dirt
Garth Brooks Man Against Machine
Luke Bryan Crash My Party
Brantley Gilbert Just As I Am
Miranda Lambert Platinum

Top Rock Album:
AC/DC Rock or Bust
The Black Keys Turn Blue
Coldplay Ghost Stories
Hozier Hozier
Lorde Pure Heroine

Top Latin Album:
Juan Gabriel Los Do
Enrique Iglesias Sex and Love
Romeo Santos Formula: Vol. 2
Santana Corazon
Marc Anthony 3.0

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
Avicii True
Disclosure Settle
Calvin Harris Motion
Skrillex Recess
Lindsey Stirling Shatter Me

Top Christian Album:
Lecrae Anomaly
Casting Crowns Thrive
MercyMe Welcome to the New
NEEDTOBREATHE Rivers in the Wasteland
Chris Tomlin Love Ran Red

SONG AWARDS

Top Hot 100 Song:
Iggy Azalea Feat. Charli XCX Fancy
John Legend All of Me
Sam Smith Stay With Me
Taylor Swift Shake It Off
Meghan Trainor All About That Bass

Top Digital Song:
Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars Uptown Funk!
Sam Smith Stay With Me
Taylor Swift Shake It Off
Meghan Trainor All About That Bass
Pharrell Williams Happy

Top Radio Song:
John Legend All of Me
MAGIC! Rude
Nico & Vinz Am I Wrong
Sam Smith Stay With Me
Pharrell Williams Happy

Top Streaming Song (Audio):
Iggy Azalea Feat. Charli XCX Fancy
Hozier Take Me to Church
John Legend All of Me
Sam Smith Stay With Me
Tove Lo Habits (Stay High)

Top Streaming Song (Video):
Idina Menzel Let It Go
Bobby Shmurda Hot Boy
Taylor Swift Blank Space
Taylor Swift Shake It Off
Meghan Trainor All About That Bass

Top R&B Song:
Chris Brown Featuring Lil Wayne, French Montana, Too $hort & Tyga Loyal
Jason Derulo Feat. 2 Chainz Talk Dirty
Jeremih Featuring YG Dont 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 Featuring E-40 I Dont 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 Featuring 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 Aint It Fun

Top Latin Song:
J Balvin Featuring Farruko 6 AM
Enrique Iglesias Featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona Bailando
Romeo Santos Eres Ma
Romeo Santos Featuring Drake Odio
Romeo Santos Propuesta Indecente

Top Dance/Electronic Song:
Clean Bandit Featuring Jess Glynne Rather Be
Disclosure Featuring Sam Smith Latch
DJ Snake & Lil Jon Turn Down For What
Ariana Grande Featuring Zedd Break Free
Calvin Harris Summer

Top Christian Song:
Francesca Battistelli He Knows My Name
Hillsong United Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)
MercyMe Greater
Newsboys We Believe
Carrie Underwood Something In The Water

FAN VOTED AWARD

Billboard Chart Achievement Award presented by Samsung:
Iggy Azalea
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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