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Rihanna, Flo Rida, Nicki Minaj Among Billboard Music Awards Finalists

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Chart-topping superstars Rihanna, Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj are among the finalists for the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.

The event honors artists who have made an impact within the past year on the Billboard music charts.

RiRi was nominated in 10 different categories including Top R&B Artist. The Bajan songbird will have some stiff competition in that category as Alicia Keys, Usher, Chris Brown and Ne-Yo are also up for that award.

“I owe this to my fans and to Billboard! Thank you for the love! It’s pretty major!” Rihanna tweeted

Meanwhile, both Minaj and Flo Rida have been nominated in seven categories each and will be competing for the coveted award for Top Rap Artist.

“So grateful & honored to receive 7 billboard awards nominations…Thank u Billboard & Thank u to everyone who supported in the past year XO,” wrote the Queen Barbz.

Other nominees include Keys and Drake with three nods apiece, while Brown, Usher, 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa are up for two awards each.

Fellow Billboard Music Awards nominees Miguel and Bruno Mars are among the first artists booked to perform at the event, which will be hosted by funnyman Tracy Morgan.

ABC will air the Billboard Music Awards live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 19 at 8 p.m. ET.

2013 Billboard Music Awards Finalists:

Top Artist
Justin Bieber
Maroon 5
One Direction
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top Billboard 200 Album
’21′ — Adele
‘Babel’ — Mumford & Sons
‘Take Me Home’ — One Direction
‘Up All Night’ — One Direction
‘Red’ — Taylor Swift

Top Male Artist
Jason Aldean
Justin Bieber
Drake
Flo Rida
Bruno Mars

Top Female Artist
Adele
Carly Rae Jepsen
Nicki Minaj
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist
Flo Rida
Fun.
Maroon 5
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top Billboard 200 Artist
Adele
Justin Bieber
Mumford & Sons
One Direction
Taylor Swift

Top Digital Songs Artist
Flo Rida
Fun.
Carly Rae Jepsen
Maroon 5
Taylor Swift

Top Radio Songs Artist
Flo Rida
Fun.
Maroon 5
Nicki Minaj
Rihanna

Top Social Artist
Justin Bieber
One Direction
Katy Perry
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top Streaming Artist
Baauer
Drake
Nicki Minaj
PSY
Rihanna

Top Pop Artist
Adele
Justin Bieber
Maroon 5
Bruno Mars
One Direction

Top R&B Artist
Chris Brown
Alicia Keys
Ne-Yo
Rihanna
Usher

Top Rap Artist
Drake
Flo Rida
Nicki Minaj
Pitbull
PSY

Top R&B Album
‘Fortune’ — Chris Brown
‘Girl on Fire’ — Alicia Keys
‘Channel Orange’ — Frank Ocean
‘Unapologetic’ — Rihanna
‘Looking 4 Myself’ — Usher

Top Rap Album
‘Based on a T.R.U. Story’ — 2 Chainz
‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar
‘The Heist’ — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ — Nicki Minaj
‘God Forgives, I Don’t’ — Rick Ross

Top R&B Song
‘Girl on Fire’ — Alicia Keys feat. Nicki Minaj
‘Adorn’ — Miguel
‘Thinkin Bout You’ — Frank Ocean
‘Diamonds’ — Rihanna
‘Heart Attack’ — Trey Songz

Top Rap Song
‘Wild Ones’ — Flo Rida feat. Sia
‘Whistle’ — Flo Rida
‘Mercy’ — Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, & 2 Chainz
‘Thrift Shop’ — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
‘Gangnam Style’ — PSY

Top Dance Song
‘Harlem Shake’ — Baauer
‘Titanium’ — David Guetta feat. Sia
‘Starships’ — Nicki Minaj
‘Gangnam Style’ — PSY
‘Where Have You Been’ — Rihanna

Next: See the Complete Billboard Music Awards Finalists Lists

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