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Rihanna, Eminem, Lady Gaga lead 2011 Billboard Awards nominees

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Rihanna is having a pretty good year, between the handful of smash singles spawned by her fifth album, Loud (including the current hit “S&M,” which just got a remix featuring none other than Britney Spears), and her attendant tour this summer.

Now, she can add a whopping 18 nominations for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards to her ever-growing resumé.

The full list of nominees dropped today, and the Barbadian singer leads all artists with nods in most of the major categories, including Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top 100 Artist and Top R&B Artist. Former collaborator Eminem is just behind her with 16 noms, including half a dozen for their chart-topping tag-team effort “Love the Way You Lie.”

Lady Gaga will also have the chance to score up to twelve statuettes when the 2011 BMAs are handed out on Sunday, May 22 (8 P.M. EST on ABC). Other finalists include Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Drake and Ke$ha.

The full list of artist award nominations is after the jump, and for a complete list of all noms, head over to the awards’ official site.

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

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