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Taylor Swift, Sam Smith Lead Billboard Music Awards Nominations

04/08/2015
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(Radio.com) The Billboard Music Awards are back to celebrate the biggest artists hitting the charts in 2015. This year, Taylor Swift leads the way with 14 nominations in 13 categories including Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album for 1989, Top Female Artist and Top Hot 100 Song for "Shake It Off."

Sam Smith is a close second earning 13 nominations including nods in some of the night's biggest categories including Top Male Artist, Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album and Top Hot 100 Song.

Iggy Azalea and Meghan Trainor round out this year's biggest nominees with 12 and nine nominations, respectively. Both are nominated for Top New Artist alongside 5 Seconds of Summer, Hozier and Sam Smith.

While winners at the Billboard Music Awards are based on album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social-media interactions, there is one category, the Billboard Chart Achievement Award, that the fans get to decide. This year's nominees for that prize include Azalea, Trainor and Swift.

Florida Georgia Line lead the way for country artists with four nominations including Top Country Song where they are nominated twice for "Dirt" and "This Is How We Roll" featuring Luke Bryan. Read more and check out the list of announced nominees for all 40 categories here.

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