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Adele, LMFAO, Rihanna Lead 2012 Billboard Music Awards Nominees, Justin Bieber To Perform

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The nominees for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards were announced today, and some of the biggest names in pop are being rewarded handsomely with multiple nominations for their big year on the charts.

Adele leads the way with a whopping 18 nominations. She’s up for awards in major categories like Top Artist, Top Female Artist, and Top Billboard 200 Artist. LMFAO are right on Adele’s heels with 17 nominations. They’re trying to party rock their way to awards in categories like Top Duo/Group, Top Hot 100 Artist, and Top Digital Songs Artist. Rihanna is close behind with an impressive 13 noms. Among the awards RiRi will be vying for are Top Artist, Top Female Artist, and Top Hot 100 Artist.

Other multiple nominees include Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Coldplay, Drake, and Justin Bieber.

Speaking of Bieber, the 18-year-old pop sensation, who will release his new album, Believe, on June 19, is among the first few performers confirmed for the Billboard Music Awards’ live show in Las Vegas on May 20. Also taking the stage are Carrie Underwood, LMFAO, and The Wanted.

Get the full list of nominees for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards here.

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