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Billboard Music Awards: Lorde, Imagine Dragons, Justin Timberlake Lead 2014 Finalists

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Lorde and Imagine Dragons lead the finalists for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, which will air live May 18 beginning at 8 p.m. ET on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The two acts appear in 12 categories each, with the former up for her first Billboard Music Award this year. Imagine Dragons’Night Visions album spawned the hit single “Radioactive,” which broke the record for the most weeks ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Finalists Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis appear in 11, 10 and 8 categories, respectively. Perry is already a three-time Billboard Music Award winner, last honored with the 2012 Spotlight Award, recognizing her achievement as the first woman to earn five No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart from one album (Teenage Dream). Timberlake is up for Top Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album. He also has the most entries as a finalist for albums with three, including two entries for Top R&B Album with the two-part The 20/20 Experience.

Other notable first-timers include Zedd and Capital Cities, with three categories each, Avicii with four and Sidewalk Prophets.

Billboard Music Awards regular Rihanna returns in five categories (she’s been a finalist 49 times), while radio staples “Get Lucky” (Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams), “Wrecking Ball” (by Miley Cyrus), “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us” (byMacklemore & Ryan Lewis) each notch two title categories.

In the country field, Luke Bryan leads all with seven entries in six categories, including the overall category Top Male Artist.

The finalists for the 2014 Milestone Award, presented by Chevrolet, are: Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Luke Bryan, OneRepublic, Ellie Goulding and Carrie Underwood.

Billboard Music Award finalists were based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vevo, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements were tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound.

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