Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line Lead 2015 Billboard Music Awards Country Finalists
Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line are going to have to get bigger trophy shelves. The singers, who are nominated three, four and five times, respectively, at the upcoming 2015 ACM Awards, are also each nominated for three Billboard Music Awards.
Aldean and Bryan are nominated in each of the awards show's three country music categories: Top Country Artist, Top Country Album and Top Country Song. Florida Georgia Line are nominated for Top Country Artist and twice for Top Country Song.
Aldean, Bryan and FGL will be competing against Brantley Gilbert and Blake Shelton for Top Country Artist. Aldean's Old Boots, New Dirt and Bryan's Crash My Party face Garth Brooks' Man Against Machine, Gilbert's Just as I Am and Miranda Lambert's Platinum in the Top Country Album category. For Top Country Song, Aldean's "Burnin' It Down" and Bryan's "Play It Again," as well as "Dirt" and "This Is How We Roll" by Florida Georgia Line, are in the running against Sam Hunt's "Leave the Night On."
Although Bryan was nominated seven times last year, country artists failed to receive recognition in any of the all-genre categories this year. However, Carrie Underwood's "Something in the Water" is nominated in the Top Christian Song category. A list of country finalists is below.
Taylor Swift leads the pack of finalists, with 14 nominations in 13 categories, including Top Artist and Top Billboard 200 Artist, thanks to the success of her pop album 1989. Sam Smith follows Swift with 13 nods, while Iggy Azalea has 12 nominations. See a complete list of finalists at Billboard.com.
The 2015 Billboard Music Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 17, at 8PM ET on ABC.
2015 Billboard Music Awards Country Finalists
Top Country Artist
Florida Georgia Line
Top Country Album
Jason Aldean, Old Boots, New Dirt
Garth Brooks, Man Against Machine
Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
Brantley Gilbert, Just as I Am
Miranda Lambert, Platinum
Top Country Song
Jason Aldean, "Burnin' It Down"
Luke Bryan, "Play It Again"
Sam Hunt, "Leave the Night On"
Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan, "This Is How We Roll"
Florida Georgia Line, "Dirt"
Top Christian Song
Francesca Battistelli, "He Knows My Name"
Hillsong United, "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)"
Newsboys, "We Believe"
Carrie Underwood, "Something in the Water"
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