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2011 Billboard Music Award Nominees Include Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum

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The 2011 Billboard Music Awards nominees have been announced. Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum lead the way for country artists, racking up several nominations each. Sugarland, Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney were also honored with nominations, amongst nods for several other country musicians.

The BMAs, which feature 46 categories, are back after a several year hiatus, and they call out artists based on actual sales figures and social media statistics.

The winners will be announced at the Billboard Music Awards show airing live on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 22 at 8PM ET. Keith Urban and Lady A are set to perform live at the show.

2011 Billboard Music Awards – Categories With Country Nominees:

Top Artist
Justin Bieber
Eminem
Lady Gaga
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top Billboard 200 Artist
Justin Bieber
Susan Boyle
Eminem
Lady Antebellum
Taylor Swift

Top Billboard 200 Album
Justin Bieber, ‘My World 2.0′
Susan Boyle, ‘The Gift’
Eminem, ‘Recovery’
Lady Antebellum, ‘Need You Now’
Taylor Swift, ‘Speak Now’

Top Country Artist
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Lady Antebellum
Taylor Swift
Zac Brown Band

Top Country Song
The Band Perry, ‘If I Die Young’
Lady Antebellum, ‘Need You Now’
Miranda Lambert, ‘The House That Built Me’
Sugarland, ‘Stuck Like Glue’
Taylor Swift, ‘Mine’

Top Country Album
Jason Aldean, ‘My Kinda Party’
Lady Antebellum, ‘Need You Now’
Sugarland, ‘The Incredible Machine’
Taylor Swift, ‘Speak Now’
Zac Brown Band, ‘The Foundation’

Top Duo/Group
The Black Eyed Peas
Bon Jovi
Lady Antebellum
Linkin Park
U2

Top Female Artist
Ke$ha
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top Streaming Song (Audio)
Taio Cruz, ‘Dynamite’
Eminem Feat. Rihanna, ‘Love the Way You Lie’
Lady Antebellum, ‘Need You Now’
Bruno Mars, ‘Just the Way You Are’
Nelly, ‘Just a Dream’

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