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Rihanna leads Billboard noms

Rihanna has been nominated in a whopping 18 categories at this year’s Billboard Music Awards.

The ‘S&M’ singer faces off stiff competition from her one-time collaborator Eminem, who’s received 16 nods, including Top Billboard 200 Artist.

The Billboard Awards reflect chart rankings based on sales, touring and fan interaction and will take place on May 22 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Rihanna, the Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Taio Cruz have all been confirmed to perform.


Watch Rihanna sing her latest single, ‘California King Bed,’ with Jennifer Nettles at the recent ACM Awards below.