The Weeknd tops 2022 Billboard Music Awards nominations


Toronto’s The Weeknd is the top runner-up at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards for a second straight year, up 17 awards, followed by Doja Cat, who is up for 14 awards.

Finalists were announced Friday in 62 categories for the awards that measure chart success, streaming, airplay and social engagement.

The show will take place on May 15 in Las Vegas.

The Weeknd received nods in the Top Artist, Top 100 Artist and Top Streaming Song Artist categories, and his duet with Ariana Grande on Save Your Tears (Remix) is up for six awards.

Doja Cat, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift and Drake, who is the most decorated winner of all time, with 29 awards in total, are also nominated for top entertainer.

Doja Cat, who recently won her first Grammy Award for her collaboration kiss me more with SZA, is up for Top 100 Song, Best Collaboration, and Best Viral Song.

First-time runner-up Rodrigo continues her streak of being an awards show favorite as a finalist in 13 categories, including Best New Artist, Best Female Artist and Best Radio Songs Artist.

Canadian Justin Bieber is also up for 13 awards including Top Male Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist and Top Streaming Song for his song TO STAY with The Kid Laroi.

Ye, who changed his name from Kanye West, is a finalist for 13 awards and a heavy favorite in the Christian/gospel categories.

He has four out of five songs in the best gospel songs and Christian songs categories, and his album donda is also up for Best Rap Album, Best Gospel Album and Best Christian Album.

Will Swift surpass Drake for the most wins?

Swift has a chance to surpass Canadian rapper Drake for most wins in the show’s history.

The pop star is second to him, with 25 previous wins, and is up for seven awards this year.

But Drake is also up for 11 awards, including top Billboard 200 album, top rap artist and top streaming song artist.

This year, five new categories have been added, four of which are based on Billboard’s worldwide charts and one measure of viral songs.

2022 prices are based on the chart period from April 10, 2021 to March 26, 2022.