Cardi B leads 2019 Billboard Music Awards with 21 nominations

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Cardi B.’s reign just won’t stop! Billboard on Wednesday announced that the rapper leads its 2019 Music Awards with the most nominations for the event that airs  May 1 at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The “Money Moves” artist is nominated in 18 out of the award show’s 56 categories. She will compete against herself in three categories, including top Hot 100 song, Top Selling Song and Top Collaboration.

She is nominated for Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Host 100 Artist, Top Streaming Songs, Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Rap Artists, Top Rap Female Artist, among other categories.

Cardi, who is already known for making history in music, fell short passing the record for the most nominations by an artist. Drake and The Chainsmokers, has the most nominations so far with 22 in 2017.

The Grammy-award winner recently reached a notable milestone in February for becoming the first solo female artist to win the Best Rap Album award at the 61st Grammy Award show.

Drake and Post Malone follow Cardi in second with 17 Billboard nominations each. Travis Scott is up for 12 and XXXTentacion is up for 10.

The late, great Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is also nominated for Top Gospel Album for Gospel Greats.

The award nominations are broken up in sections including artist, albums, songs and tours ranging from March 23, 2018, through March 7, 2019, according to Los Angeles TimesNominations and winners are determined by fan reaction to music. Determining factors include album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, as well as others.

Top social artist and chart achievement are the two fan-voted categories at this year’s awards. Fans will be able to vote for those categories in a few weeks.

Kelly Clarkson will host the ceremony which is set to air at 8 PM ET on NBC.



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