Belfast Telegraph

Lorde, Dragons lead Billboard noms

Lorde and Imagine Dragons are the top contenders at next month's Billboard Music Awards.

The breakthrough acts are finalists in 12 categories, thanks to Lorde's Grammy-winning multi-platinum hit Royals and Imagine Dragons' Radioactive, which is also a multi-platinum Grammy winner.

Those smashes are nominated for top Hot 100 song against Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines, Katy Perry's Roar and Miley Cyrus's song Wrecking Ball.

Imagine Dragons are also up for top artist and will battle Miley, Katy, Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake, who is nominated for 11 trophies.

Justin's The 20/20 Experience, last year's best-selling album, will compete against efforts from Beyonce, Eminem, Drake and Luke Bryan for top Billboard 200 album.

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards will air live on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 18.

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