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Predicting: The 2017 Billboard Music Awards

The public has started to accept the Billboard Music Awards as a standard of excellence. The Grammys will always own the top spot. But the flailing American Music Awards may not own the second-tier any longer.

Billboard Magazine is entertainment’s premiere trade publication. As such it’s branding allows both the music industry and serious fans access to official chart positions, executive shifts, interviews, reviews and more.

On Monday, they announced their nominees for their annual awards show which is scheduled for May 21st.

These nominations were assembled based on their in-house algorithm which takes music sales, ticket sales and social media into consideration.

Here’s the domestic list with our predicted winners.

Billboard Music Awards Nominees & Predictions

Top Artist:  Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, The Chainsmokers, Drake, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots, The Weeknd

Predicted Winner:  Adele

Top New Artist: Alessia Cara, Desiigner, Lil Uzi Vert, Lukas Graham, Zayn

Predicted Winner: Lil Uzi Vert

Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented By Xfinity: Luke Bryan, Nicki Minaj, The Chainsmokers, The Weeknd, Twenty One Pilots

Predicted Winner: Nicki Minaj

Top Male Artist: Justin Bieber, Drake, Future, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd

Predicted Winner: Justin Bieber

Top Female Artist: Adele, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Sia

Predicted Winner: Adele

Top Duo/Group: The Chainsmokers, Coldplay, Florida Georgia Line, Guns N’ Roses, Twenty One Pilots

Predicted Winner: The Chainsmokers

Top Billboard 200 Artist: Beyoncé, Drake, Prince, Twenty One Pilots, The Weeknd

Predicted Winner: The Weeknd

Top Hot 100 Artist: The Chainsmokers, Drake, Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots, The Weeknd

Predicted Winner:  Drake

Top Song Sales Artist: The Chainsmokers, Drake, Prince, Justin Timberlake, Twenty One Pilots

Predicted Winner: Drake

Top Radio Songs Artist: Justin Bieber, The Chainsmokers, Drake, Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots

Predicted Winner: Justin Bieber

Top Streaming Songs Artist: The Chainsmokers, Desiigner, Drake, Rihanna Twenty One Pilots

Predicted Winner: Drake

Top Social Artist: Justin Bieber, BTS, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes

Predicted Winner: Selena Gomez

Top Touring Artist: Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, Coldplay, Guns N’ Roses, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Predicted Winner: Guns N’ Roses

Top R&B Artist: Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Frank Ocean, Rihanna, The Weeknd

Predicted Winner: Beyoncé

Top R&B Tour: Beyoncé, Lionel Richie, Rihanna

Predicted Winner: Beyoncé

Top Rap Artist: J. Cole, Desiigner, Drake, Future, Rae Sremmurd

Predicted Winner: J. Cole

Top Rap Tour: Drake, Future, Kanye West

Predicted Winner: Kanye West

Top Country Artist: Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton, Jason Aldean

Predicted Winner: Florida Georgia Line

Top Country Tour: Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Dixie Chicks

Predicted Winner: Luke Bryan

Top Rock Artist: Coldplay, The Lumineers, Metallica, Twenty One Pilots, X Ambassadors

Predicted Winner: Twenty One Pilots

Top Rock Tour: Coldplay, Guns N’ Roses, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Predicted Winner:  Guns N’ Roses

Top Dance/Electronic Artist: The Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris, Major Lazer, DJ Snake, Lindsey Stirling

Predicted Winner:  Calvin Harris

Top Christian Artist: Lauren Daigle, Hillsong Worship, Hillary Scott & the Family, Skillet, Chris Tomlin

Predicted Winner: Skillet

Top Gospel Artist: Jekalyn Carr, Kirk Franklin, Travis Greene, Tamela Mann, Hezekiah Walker

Predicted Winner: Jekalyn Carr

Top Billboard 200 Album: Beyoncé:  Lemonade, Drake: Views, Rihanna: Anti, Twenty One Pilots: Blurryface, The Weeknd: Starboy

Predicted Winner: Beyoncé:  Lemonade

Top Soundtrack/Cast Album: Hamilton: An American Musical, Moana, Purple Rain, Suicide Squad: The Album, Trolls

Predicted Winner: Hamilton: An American Musical

Top R&B Album: Beyoncé: Lemonade, Bruno Mars: 24K Magic, Frank Ocean: Blonde, Rihanna: Anti, The Weeknd:  Starboy

Predicted Winner: Beyoncé: Lemonade

Top Rap Album: J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only, Drake: Views, Kevin Gates: Isla, DJ Khaled:  Major Key

A Tribe Called Quest: We Got It From Here…Thank You For Your Service

Predicted Winner:  J.Cole : 4 Your Eyez Only

Top Country Album: Jason Aldean:  They Don’t Know, Florida Georgia Line: Dig Your Roots, Blake Shelton: If I’m Honest, Chris Stapleton: Traveler, Keith Urban:  Ripcord

Predicted Winner: Florida Georgia Line: Dig Your Roots

Top Rock Album: The Lumineers: Cleopatra, Metallica: Hardwired…To Self Destruct, Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool, Red Hot Chili Peppers: The Getaway¸ Twenty One Pilots: Blurryface

Predicted Winner: Metallica: Hardwired…To Self Destruct

Top Dance/Electronic Album: The Chainsmokers: Bouquet, The Chainsmokers: Collage, Flume:  Skin, Kygo: Cloud Nine, Lindsey Stirling: Brave Enough

Top Christian Album: Casting Crowns: The Very Next Thing, Lauren Daigle: How Can It Be, Joey + Rory: Hymns, Hillary Scott & The Family: Love Remains, Skillet: Unleashed

Predicted Winner: Skillet: Unleashed

Top Gospel Album: Tamela Mann: One Way, Kirk Franklin: Losing My Religion, Travis Greene: The Hill, Tasha Cobbs: One Place: Live, Hezekiah Walker: Better: Azusa – The Next Generation 2

Predicted Winner: Kirk Franklin: Losing My Religion

Top Hot 100 Song: The Chainsmokers W/ Halsey “Closer,” The Chainsmokers W/Daya “Don’t Let Me Down,” Drake W/ Wiz Kid & Kyla “One Dance,” Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”

Predicted Winner: The Chainsmokers W/Daya “Don’t Let Me Down”

Top Selling Song: The Chainsmokers W/ Halsey “Closer,” The Chainsmokers W/ Daya “Don’t Let Me Down,” Drake W/ Wiz Kid & Kyla “One Dance,” Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”

Predicted Winner: The Chainsmokers W/Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down,”

Top Radio Song: The Chainsmokers W/ Halsey “Closer,” The Chainsmokers W/ Daya “Don’t Let Me Down,” Drake W/ Wiz Kid & Kyla “One Dance,” Sia W/ Sean Paul “Cheap Thrills,” Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”

Predicted Winner:  Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”

Top Streaming Song: The Chainsmokers W/ Halsey “Closer” Drake W/ Wiz Kid & Kyla “One Dance,”

D.R.A.M. W/ Lil Yachty “Broccoli,” Rihanna “Needed Me,” The Weeknd W/ Daft Punk “Starboy”

Predicted Winner: The Weeknd W/ Daft Punk “Starboy”

Top Streaming Video: The Chainsmokers W/Halsey “Closer,” Desiigner “Panda,”  Zay Hilfigerr & Zayion McCall “JuJu On That Beat (TZ Anthem),” Rae Sremmurd W/ Gucci Mane “Black Beatles,” Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”

Predicted Winner: Rae Sremmurd W/ Gucci Mane “Black Beatles”

Top Collaboration: The Chainsmokers W/ Halsey “Closer,” The Chainsmokers W/Daya “Don’t Let Me Down,” Drake W/ Wiz Kid & Kyla “One Dance,” Sia W/ Sean Paul “Cheap Thrills,” The Weeknd W/ Daft Punk “Starboy”

Predicted Winner: The Weeknd W/ Daft Punk “Starboy”

Top R&B Song: Drake W/ Wiz Kid & Kyla “One Dance,” Bruno Mars “24K Magic,” Rihanna “Needed Me,” Rihanna W/Drake “Work,” The Weeknd W/ Daft Punk “Starboy”

Predicted Winner: Rihanna W/Drake “Work,”

Top R&B Collaboration: Drake W/ Wiz Kid & Kyla “One Dance,” PARTYNEXTDOOR W/Drake “Come And See Me,” Rihanna  W/Drake “Work,” The Weeknd W/ Daft Punk “I Feel It Coming,” The Weeknd W/ Daft Punk “Starboy”

Predicted Winner: Rihanna W/Drake “Work”

Top Rap Song: Desiigner “Panda,” Drake “Fake Love,” D.R.A.M. W/Lil Yachty, “Broccoli,” Migos W/Lil Uzi Vert“ Bad And Boujee,” Rae Sremmurd W/ Gucci Mane “Black Beatles”

Predicted Winner: Migos W/Lil Uzi Vert“Bad and Boujee”

Top Rap Collaboration: D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty “Broccoli,” Zay Hilfigerr & Zayion McCall “JuJu On That Beat (TZ Anthem)”, Machine Gun Kelly  W/ Camila Cabello “Bad Things,” Migos W/ Lil Uzi Vert “Bad and Boujee,” Rae Sremmurd W/ Gucci Mane “Black Beatles”

Predicted Winner: Migos W/ Lil Uzi Vert “Bad and Boujee”

Top Country Song: Kenny Chesney W/ Pink “Setting The World On Fire,” Florida Georgia Line “H.O.L.Y.,” Florida Georgia Line W/Tim McGraw “May We All,” Little Big Town “Better Man,” Keith Urban “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Predicted Winner: Florida Georgia Line “H.O.L.Y.”

Top Country Collaboration: Dierks Bentley W/ Elle King “Different For Girls,” Kenny Chesney W/Pink “Setting The World On Fire,” Eric Church W/Rhiannon Giddens “Kill A Word,” Florida Georgia Line W/ Tim McGraw “May We All,” Chris Young W/ Vince Gill “Sober Saturday Night”

Predicted Winner:  Kenny Chesney W/ Pink “Setting The World On Fire”

Top Rock Song: Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons W/ Logic, Ty Dolla $ign &  X Ambassadors “Sucker For Pain,” Twenty One Pilots “Heathens,” Twenty One Pilots “Ride,” Twenty One Pilots “Stressed Out,” X Ambassadors “Unsteady”

Predicted Winner: Twenty One Pilots “Stressed Out”

Top Dance/Electronic Song: The Chainsmokers W/ Halsey “Closer,” The Chainsmokers W/ Daya “Don’t Let Me Down,” Calvin Harris W/ Rihanna “This Is What You Came For,” Major Lazer W/ Justin Bieber & MO “Cold Water,” DJ Snake W/ Justin Bieber “Let Me Love You”

Predicted Winner: Calvin Harris W/ Rihanna “This Is What You Came For”

Top Christian Song: Lauren Daigle “Trust In You,” Hillary Scott & The Family “Thy Will,” Skillet “Feel Invincible,” Ryan Stevenson W/ GabeReal “Eye Of The Storm” Zach Williams “Chain Breaker”

Predicted Winner: Lauren Daigle “Trust In You”

Top Gospel Song: Jekalyn Carr “You’re Bigger,” Tasha Cobbs, W/ Kierra Sheard “Put A Praise On It”

Kirk Franklin “Wanna Be Happy??” Travis Greene “Made A Way,” Hezekiah Walker “Better”

Predicted Winner: Jekalyn Carr “You’re Bigger”

Watch: Rihanna at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards

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