Rihanna And Eminem Lead Nominations For 2011 Billboard Music Awards

Billboard must have really loved the way they lied — Rihanna and Eminem lead the pack with the most nominations for this year’s 2011 Billboard Music Awards. RiRi (who is also tapped to perform at the awards show) picked up 18 whopping noms, while Em scored 16. Other pop music faves up for contention include Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, The Black Eyed Peas, Taylor Swift, Ke$ha, Nicki Minaj and pretty much all the regulars here on Idolator. The Billboard Music Awards air on ABC on Sunday, May 22. Hop below to check out finalists in all categories.

2011 Billboard Music Awards

Top Artist Justin Bieber Eminem Lady Gaga Rihanna Taylor Swift

Top New Artist Justin Bieber Taio Cruz Ke$ha Bruno Mars Nicki Minaj

Top Male Artist Justin Bieber Drake Eminem Bruno Mars Usher

Top Female Artist Ke$ha Lady Gaga Katy Perry Rihanna Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group The Black Eyed Peas Bon Jovi Lady Antebellum Linkin Park U2

Top Billboard 200 Artist Justin Bieber Susan Boyle Eminem Lady Antebellum Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist Ke$ha Bruno Mars Katy Perry Rihanna Usher

Top Digital Songs Artist Eminem Ke$ha Bruno Mars Katy Perry Rihanna

Top Radio Songs Artist Drake Bruno Mars Katy Perry Rihanna Usher

Top Touring Artist Bon Jovi Michael Buble Lady Gaga U2 Roger Waters

Top Social Artist Akon Justin Bieber Eminem Lady Gaga Rihanna

Top Streaming Artist Justin Bieber Eminem Lady Gaga Rihanna Shakira

Top Digital Media Artist Akon Justin Bieber Eminem Lady Gaga Rihanna

Top Pop Artist Justin Bieber The Black Eyed Peas Ke$ha Lady Gaga Katy Perry

Top R&B Artist Alicia Keys Monica Rihanna Trey Songz Usher

Top Rap Artist Drake Eminem Lil Wayne Ludacris Nicki Minaj

Top Country Artist Jason Aldean Kenny Chesney Lady Antebellum Taylor Swift Zac Brown Band

Top Rock Artist Kings of Leon Linkin Park Mumford & Sons Muse Train

Top Alternative Artist The Black Keys Kings of Leon Linkin Park Mumford & Sons Muse

Top Latin Artist Enrique Iglesias Pitbull Prince Royce Shakira Wisin & Yandel

Top Dance Artist The Black Eyed Peas David Guetta Lady Gaga La Roux Rihanna

Top Christian Artist Casting Crowns MercyMe Skillet tobyMac Chris Tomlin