Entertainment Music Urban, Sia, Flume score Billboard nominations

Urban, Sia, Flume score Billboard nominations

Recording artist Sia - one of the Aussies hopefully of a Billboard award. Photo: PA
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Australia will be well represented at this year’s Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas with Keith Urban, Sia, Flume and Hillsong Worship scoring nominations.

The big winners at Monday’s nomination ceremony were Drake and The Chainsmokers with 22 nominations each, including going head-to-head for top artist.

Twenty One Pilots picked up the third most nominations with 17 while Rihanna has 14, The Weeknd collected 13 and Beyonce earned eight for the May 21 ceremony.

Urban scored a hat-trick in the country categories with nominations for top country artist and country album for Ripcord and country song for Blue Ain’t Your Color.

The Caboolture-raised artist faces Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton and Jason Aldean for top country artist.

Sia also bagged three, including top female artist pitting her against an elite field of Adele, Beyonce, Ariana Grande and Rihanna.

Sia’s top radio song and top collaboration nominations were for her hit Cheap Thrills with Sean Paul.

Sydney musician, DJ and producer Harley Streten, also known as Flume, will be looking to add to this year’s Grammy win with a Billboard trophy for dance/electronic album for Skin.

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Flume accepts his award for Best Dance/Electronic Album onstage at The Grammys. Photo: Getty

The Chainsmokers have two nominations in the category for Bouquet and Collage.

Hillsong Worship is in the running for top Christian artist.

Lauren Daigle, Hillary Scott & the Family, Skillet and Chris Tomlin are the other nominees.

The biggest award of the night, top artist, features a who’s who of the music industry with the nominees: Adele; Beyonce; Justin Bieber; Ariana Grande; Shawn Mendes; Rihanna; Twenty One Pilots; The Weeknd; The Chainsmokers; and Drake.

The Billboard awards differ from other award shows as nominees are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement.

The measurements were tracked between March 18, 2016 through to March 16, 2017.