2022 Billboard Music Awards Nominees Announced (R&B Edition)

2022 Billboard Music Awards Nominees Announced (R&B Edition)

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After a two-year hiatus, the Billboard Music Awards is setting up shop this year at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Weeknd, who recently replaced Ye (formerly Kanye West) as a headliner at this year’s Coachella, is headed to the ceremony’s 29th edition with 17 nominations, the most of any artist this year. 

His nominations span varied fields, including top artist, top male artist, and top R&B artist. Dawn FM, The Weeknd’s most recent album, is nominated for the top R&B album. 

The Weeknd also entered the race in four of the five new categories: top Billboard Global (Excl. U.S.), top Billboard Global 200 artist, top Billboard Global 200 Song, and top Billboard Global (Excl. U.S.) Song. The last two nominations are for his “Save Your Tears (Remix)” collaboration with Ariana Grande. 

It’s the Canadian hitmaker’s second consecutive year leading the pack, receiving 16 nods last year and carrying home ten trophies. In 2016, The Weeknd was a finalist for 20 categories, winning eight. 

Givēon, who collected his 10th certification from the RIAA this week, is nominated for seven trophies, including top new artist and top R&B artist.

Silk Sonic isn’t far behind, receiving four nominations, including top duo/group and top R&B album for An Evening With Silk Sonic.  

Recent Grammy winner SZA and Billboard’s Women in Music Chartbreaker Award recipient Summer Walker netted three each.  

The 2022 Billboard Music Awards will take place on Sunday, May 15, at 8 p.m. EST on NBC and stream live on Peacock. 

See the partial list of nominees below. 

Top R&B Artist

Doja Cat
Givēon
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)
Summer Walker
The Weeknd

Top R&B Male Artist

Givēon
Khalid
The Weeknd

Top R&B Female Artist

Doja Cat
Summer Walker
SZA

Top R&B Tour

Bruno Mars (Bruno Mars at Park MGM)
Omarion & Bow Wow (The Millennium Tour 2021)
Usher (The Vegas Residency)

Top R&B Song

Doja Cat & The Weeknd, “You Right”
Givēon, “Heartbreak Anniversary”
Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar & Givēon, “Peaches”
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak), “Leave The Door Open”
WizKid ft. Justin Bieber & Tems, “Essence”

Top R&B Album

Doja Cat, Planet Her
Givēon, When It’s All Said and Done…Take Time
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak), An Evening With Silk Sonic
Summer Walker, Still Over It
The Weeknd, Dawn FM

Top Artist

Doja Cat
Drake
Olivia Rodrigo
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

Top New Artist

Givēon
Masked Wolf
Olivia Rodrigo
Pooh Shiesty
The Kid LAROI

Top Male Artist

Drake
Ed Sheeran
Justin Bieber
Lil Nas X
The Weeknd

Top Duo/Group

BTS
Glass Animals
Imagine Dragons
Migos
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)

Top Hot 100 Artist

Doja Cat
Drake
Justin Bieber
Olivia Rodrigo
The Weeknd

Top Streaming Songs Artist

Doja Cat
Drake
Lil Nas X
Olivia Rodrigo
The Weeknd

Top Radio Songs Artist

Doja Cat
Ed Sheeran
Justin Bieber
Olivia Rodrigo
The Weeknd

Top Billboard Global 200 Artist (NEW)

Doja Cat
Ed Sheeran
Justin Bieber
Olivia Rodrigo
The Weeknd

Top Billboard Global (Excl. U.S.) Artist (NEW)

BTS
Dua Lipa
Ed Sheeran
Olivia Rodrigo
The Weeknd

Top Rap Tour

J. Cole (The Off-Season Tour)
Lil Baby (The Back Outside Tour)
Omarion & Bow Wow (The Millennium Tour 2021)

Top Hot 100 Song

Doja Cat ft. SZA, “Kiss Me More”
Dua Lipa, “Levitating”
Olivia Rodrigo, “good 4 u”
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, “Stay”
The Weeknd & Ariana Grande, “Save Your Tears”

Top Streaming Song

Dua Lipa, “Levitating”
Glass Animals, “Heat Waves”
Olivia Rodrigo, “good 4 u”
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, “Stay”
The Weeknd & Ariana Grande, “Save Your Tears”

Top Radio Song

Dua Lipa, “Levitating”
Ed Sheeran, “Bad Habits”
Olivia Rodrigo, “good 4 u”
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, “Stay”
The Weeknd & Ariana Grande, “Save Your Tears”

Top Collaboration

Doja Cat ft. SZA, “Kiss Me More”
Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar & GIVĒON, “Peaches”
Lil Nas X ft. Jack Harlow, “Industry Baby”
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, “Stay”
The Weeknd & Ariana Grande, “Save Your Tears”

Top Billboard Global 200 Song (NEW)

Dua Lipa, “Levitating”
Ed Sheeran, “Bad Habits”
Olivia Rodrigo, “good 4 u”
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, “Stay”
The Weeknd & Ariana Grande, “Save Your Tears”

Top Billboard Global (Excl. U.S.) Song (NEW)

BTS, “Butter”
Ed Sheeran, “Bad Habits”
Lil Nas X, “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)”
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, “Stay”
The Weeknd & Ariana Grande, “Save Your Tears”

Top Viral Song (NEW)

Doja Cat ft. SZA, “Kiss Me More”
Gayle, “abcdefu”
Glass Animals, “Heat Waves”
Masked Wolf, “Astronaut In The Ocean”
Walker Hayes, “Fancy Like”

See the full list here.