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Cardi B leads the nominations for Billboard Music Awards 2019

With 21 nominations, Cardi B has just missed out on a record set by The Chainsmokers and Drake in 2017, which saw them nominated for 22 prizes.

Rapper Cardi B. Picture: @iamcardib

LOS ANGELES - Cardi B leads the nominations for the Billboard Music Awards 2019, with a whopping 21 nods.

The rapper will compete against herself in three categories with I Like It and Maroon 5 feature Girls Like You up for top 100 songs, top-selling song and top collaboration.

The 26-year-old star is also up for the top artist, top rap song for I Like It and top rap album for Invasion of Privacy, top female artist and more.

She has just missed out on a record set by The Chainsmokers and Drake in 2017, which saw them nominated for 22 prizes.

Following closely behind are rappers Drake and [Post Malone](http://@PostMalone ‏), with 17 nominations each.

The pair will go head-to-head with Cardi, Ariana Grande and Travis Scott to be crowned top artist, while they also received nods for top male artist, along with Scott, Ed Sheeran and the late hip-hop star XXXTENTACION, and top Billboard 200 artist.

The latter - who died in June 2018 - has received a total of 10 posthumous nominations, including top Billboard 200 artist, top streaming songs artist, top R&B artist, top R&B male artist.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born soundtrack Shallow has been nominated for the Billboard chart achievement award, top-selling song and top soundtrack.

Gaga is also up for top song sales artist.

Elsewhere, Dua Lipa, Ella Mai, Juice WRLD, Lil Baby and Bazzi have been shortlisted for top new artist.

The nominations were announced by the ceremony's host Kelly Clarkson and country duo Dan + Shay - who are up for seven awards, including top country artist and Billboard chart achievement - on NBC's Today on Thursday.

Clarkson returns to the gig for a second year running.

The Billboard Music Awards 2019 take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on 1 May.

An abridged list of the nominations is as follows:

Top Artist

Cardi B

Drake

Ariana Grande

Post Malone

Travis Scott

Top New Artist:

Dan + Shay

Drake

Ariana Grande

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

Dua Lipa

Bazzi

Juice WRLD

Lil Baby

Dua Lipa

Ella Mai

Top Male Artist:

Drake

Post Malone

Travis Scott

Ed Sheeran

XXXTENTACION

Top Female Artist:

Cardi B

Ariana Grande

Halsey

Ella Mai

Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group:

BTS

Dan + Shay

Imagine Dragons

Maroon 5

Panic! At The Disco

Top Billboard 200 Artist:

Drake

Ariana Grande

Post Malone

Travis Scott

XXXTENTACION

Top 100 Artist:

Cardi B

Drake

Ariana Grande

Juice WRLD

Post Malone

Top Streaming Song Artist:

Cardi B

Drake

Ariana Grande

Post Malone

XXXTENTACION

Top Song Sales:

Drake

Ariana Grande

Imagine Dragons

Lady Gaga

Post Malone

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