Cardi B, Drake, Kendrick Lamar among 2018 Billboard Music Awards nominees

Still going strong Top Male Artist included Drake, Kendrick Lamar Bruno Mars Post Malone and Sheeran

Still going strong Top Male Artist included Drake, Kendrick Lamar Bruno Mars Post Malone and Sheeran

Hot off the heels of a Pulitzer Prize win, Lamar scored 15 nominations for the Billboard Music Awards on Tuesday morning, tying with Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars for the most nods of the year.

Khalid and Bebe Rexha announced seven of the major BBMA categories on the Today show, including top artist, top Hot 100 song and top new artist.

Ed, Kendrick, Drake, and Bruno will battle it out with Post Malone for the guys' prize, while Taylor will face off with Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Halsey, and Demi Lovato for the women's accolade. Beautiful Trauma by Pink, and country star Chris Stapleton's From A Room: Volume 1 are also nominated.

Post Malone received 13 nominations including Top Male Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, plus two nominations in the Top Streaming Song (Audio) category.

Additional top nominees include Drake with 9, Justin Bieber and Cardi B with 8, and Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi with 7 nominations.

Dick Clark ProductionsConsidering the kind of year he's had, it's not surprising Ed Sheeran is one of the leading nominees for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, which are based on chart achievements. It will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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