Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran top 2018 Billboard Music Awards nominees

Newly minted Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar and singers Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran lead this year’s crop of Billboard Music Awards nominees, with nods in several of the top categories including artist, male artist and Hot 100 artist.

Those three musicians tied, with 15 nominations apiece, and were trailed by Post Malone with 13, Imagine Dragons with 11, Drake with nine and Justin Bieber and Cardi B with eight each.

Billboard, NBC and Dick Clark Productions announced the artist, album and song nominees across 57 categories on Tuesday. Top artist nominees include Lamar, Mars, Sheeran, Drake and Taylor Swift; the top new artist nominees are 21 Savage, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Khalid and Kodak Black.

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