Some of the 2012 Billboard Music Award Finalists

The Billboard Music Awards will broadcast live this Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 8pm EST. among those leading the way for awards this year are Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Adele, Lady Gaga, and LMFAO.

The Billboard Awards are based on album sales, downloads, music type, fan interaction, touring/shows, and of course radio/air play. These factors were measured during March 2011 through February 29, 2012. The Billboard Awards is also no respecters of genre as the artist receiving the awards are members of the following genres: Pop, Rock, Rap, Country, Alternative, R&B, and Latin Music. Many of the artist careers are validated after this particular award show, as this award show is based mostly off of pure data. So, lets breakdown the categories and the artist in them.

As many of us know Adele has received much notoriety after her sophomore album 21. The U.K. native is a finalist in eighteen award categories, including Top Artist. Her most notable tune “Rolling in the Deep” helped the songbird land into seven of the eighteen categories.

Pop princess Rihanna has been on a roll all week. After being deemed one of TIME magazines most influential people, she has also garnered several finalist positions at the Billboard Awards, thirteen nominations to be exact. Lil Wayne and the infamous Lady Gaga are both contenders in ten categories each.

Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Katy Perry, Adele, and Lady Gaga will all compete for the Top Artist award, talk about intense. But, the New Artist category is just as fierce…the contending artist are Wiz Khalifa, Bad Meets Evil, Scotty McCreery, and Foster the People are all finalist this year.

The creator’s of the hot single “I’m Sexy and I Know It”, group, LMFAO, are finalist in seventeen categories. The group originally received a heaping twenty-two entries. They will face off against another top contender, Adele, in the Top Hot 100 Artist category.

Let us know who you are looking forward to seeing at the live broadcasting of the Billboard Awards. Who do you hope will win? Leave your comments below.

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