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Rihanna Leads Billboard Music Awards Nominations With 18, Eminem, Lady Gaga Follow

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Rihanna‘s already-epic week — which includes topping iTunes with her “S&M” remix with Britney Spears, and adding a tenth concert at London’s O2 Arena — just got even better.

The pop star leads the Billboard Music Awards nominations with a whopping 18 noms, Billboard announced.

Of the 18, Rihanna will compete for some of the top prizes, including Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Artist, and Top Female Artist.

Eminem isn’t far behind with 16 noms, including Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artists, and Top Male Artist.

Behind Eminem with 12 placements is Lady Gaga, who will go head-to-head with Rihanna, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Ke$ha in Top Female Artist, Top Pop Artist, and Top Artist.

See the full list of nominees here.

Rihanna will open the awards show with a performance of her latest Hot 100 smash, “S&M.” Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez, Taio Cruz, Keith Urban, and Lady Antebellum have also been announced as performers.

The Billboard Music Awards will be handed out live from Las Vegas at the MGM Grand on May 22.

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