The music industry has shown no shortage of love for The Weeknd, and Monday’s reveal of the 2016 Billboard Awards nominees (or “finalists”) was no different. The Canadian musician is a finalist in 16 categories, with 19 total nominations.
Other artists with several nominations include Justin Bieber, who is a 12-time finalist; Drake, with 11 nominations; Fetty Wap, also with 11 nominations; Taylor Swift, with eight, and Adele, also with eight.
The awards will take place on May 22, in Las Vegas, and are hosted by Ludacris and Ciara. The nominees for Top Artist are Adele, Justin Bieber, Drake, Taylor Swift, and The Weeknd; for Top New Artist, they are Fetty Wap, OMI, Charlie Puth, Silentó, and Bryson Tiller; for Top Male Artist, nominees are Justin Bieber, Drake, Fetty Wap, Ed Sheeran, and The Weeknd, and for Top Female Artist, they are Adele, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift.
The Weeknd was set to join Rihanna’s European tour this summer, to promote her album “Anti,” but he dropped out late last month. Bieber also made some last-minute cancellations recently, suspending his meet and greets with fans, due to exhaustion.
As for The Weeknd’s reaction to receiving so many nominations? Judging by his emoji use, he’s rather speechless.