The 2019 Billboard Music Awards has formally announced its list of nominees.
Among those that have caused the most buzz online include the contenders for the Top Social Artist category. Worldwide superstars BTS, who have gone home victorious for the past two consecutive years, have been joined by fellow Korean boy groups and EXO and GOT7. Also in the running in the same category are Ariana Grande and Louis Tomlinson.
Voting for Top Social Artist is set to begin in the coming days.
Prior to BTS’ first nomination in the category in 2017, Justin Bieber was the sole winner of this award since its introduction in 2011. The septet has spent 120 weeks at the top spot of the Billboard Social 50 chart, a clear testament to their presence as social media giants.
In addition, BTS has also been nominated in the Top Duo/Group category alongside Dan + Shay, Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5 and Panic! at the Disco. This is their first nomination in a category other than Top Social Artist.
The 2019 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, on May 1.
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