Cardi B. Tops Everyone And Lands 21 Billboard Award Nominations

The Bronx rapper's popularity soared this year, and Billboard is recognizing that fact.

(AllHipHop News) Cardi B leads the 2019 Billboard Music Awards nominations, bagging an incredible 21 nods on Thursday.

The rapper is shortlisted in many of the top categories, including Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Hot 100 Song, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Female Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, and Top Billboard 200 Album for her debut record Invasion of Privacy.

She also picked up a huge pile of nominations for her popular collaborations with Maroon Five and Latin stars J Balvin and Sanbenito.

Her impressive haul puts her one behind the all-time record for nominations, which Drake and The Chainsmokers both achieved in 2017.

Drake bagged 17 nominations this year, the same number as Post Malone.

The pair will battle it out in several categories, including Top Male Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, and Top Rap Male Artist.

Lagging behind them, but still up for a host of awards are Travis Scott with 12 nods, and XXXTentacion, who is posthumously nominated for 10 prizes following his death last year.

Also up for Top Artist are Travis, and Ariana Grande, who received nine nominations in total.

Other notable nominees include Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper whose track Shallow is up for top-selling song, and the duo also could win Top Soundtrack for their collection of songs from their hit movie A Star is Born.

Records by Snoop Dogg and the late Aretha Franklin are also competing for the Top Gospel Album prize.

Kelly Clarkson will host the event from the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 1.

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