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Billboard Music Awards 2012: Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj Among Nominees

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The 2012 Billboard Music Awards, set to be held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on May 20, have been announced and the finalists are a welcome bunch. Lil Wayne and Rihanna are among the nominees, alongside hip-hop and R&B stars Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown.

Rihanna comes in with 13 nods while Weezy scores recognition in 10 categories. The “Where Have You Been” singer competes with Lady Gaga, Adele, Katy Perry and Wayne for Top Artist. She and Nicki Minaj face-off in the Top Female Artist category, alongside Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.

Brown goes head-to-head with rap star Drake for Top Male Artist, with Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne and Bruno Mars also vying for the win.

Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean and Bad Meets Evil, comprised of Eminem and Royce da 5’9″, compete in the Top New Artist Category with several other staples in the pop world.

The ceremony airs live May 20.

Check out some of the nominees below.

Top Artist
Adele
Rihanna
Lady Gaga
Lil Wayne
Katy Perry

Top Male Artist
Justin Bieber
Chris Brown
Drake
Lil Wayne
Bruno Mars

Top Female Artist
Adele
Lady Gaga
Nicki Minaj
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Top New Artist
Bad Meets Evil
Big Sean
Foster the People
Scotty McCreery
Wiz Khalifa

Top Hot 100 Song
“Rolling in the Deep,” Adele
“Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett and GoonRock
“Moves Like Jagger, “Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
“E.T.” Katy Perry feat. Kanye West
“Give Me Everything,” Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer

Top Billboard 200 Album
21, Adele
Christmas, Michael Bublé
Take Care, Drake
Born This Way, Lady Gaga
Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne

Top Hot 100 Artist
Adele
LMFAO
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Top Billboard 200 Artist
Adele
Justin Bieber
Michael Bublé
Lady Gaga
Lil Wayne

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