The finalists for this year’s Billboard music awards have come in and, major shocker… Taylor Swift reigns supreme, with Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea and Meghan Trainor nipping at her Keds.
In a time when the music industry has been struggling to find it’s footing worse than Madonna at the BRIT Awards
, there’s been one set of slim but hard working arms holding it all together.
We refer of course to Taylor Swift, whose record 1989
was the top selling album of 2014, at 3.66 million copies.
Swift’s album is among only four others to reach platinum in 2014, along with the Frozen
soundtrack, Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour
and Pentatonix’s That’s Christmas To Me
Both physical and digital album sales have been on a steady decline
in the last few years, so how does Ms. Swift do it? Well, just like that song ‘Let It Go’ from Frozen
, she has been everywhere all of the time, in other words, she worked her butt off!
Magazine editor Bill Werde said of the ‘Shake It Off’ singer in 2014, “Taylor Swift is a promoting fantasy. She wants to be everywhere. She wants to get up early in the morning, go to bed late at night and work, work, work.”
That work has paid off as Swift received 14 entries in 13 categories for this year’s BBMAs. Just behind her are Sam Smith with 13, Iggy Azalea with 12 and Meghan Trainor with 9.
The live show will see the return of host Ludacris with first-time co-host and full time babe, Chrissy Teigen at his side.
Below are the finalists for the top ten categories along with a few of our own predictions.
THM predicts… um, do you have a blank space
in your head? T-Swift!
TOP NEW ARTIST
5 Seconds of Summer
THM predicts…it’s all about that bass
, no, Trainor!
TOP MALE ARTIST
THM predicts…that the winner of this category started from the bottom
, erm, well upper-middle maybe, but we don’t hold that against him, Drake for the win!
TOP FEMALE ARTIST
THM predicts… Oh yes, probably Katy Pe—j/k! All you had to do was
say Tay! And maybe keep Kanye tied down for the evening.
5 Seconds of Summer
Florida Georgia Line
THM predicts…that one way or another
One Direction will be taking this one home. We also predict a heartfelt shoutout to the recently departed
OD member, Zayn Malik.
TOP BILLBOARD 200 ARTIST
THM predicts…that you’ve caught on by now and if you haven’t, we really wish you would
TOP HOT 100 ARTIST
THM…will not dignify this with answer.
TOP DIGITAL SONGS ARTIST
Oh, you heard us.
TOP RADIO SONGS ARTIST
TOP TOURING ARTIST
The Rolling Stones
THM predicts…you can’t always get what you want
, but if you try sometimes, you get The Rolling Stones winning for Top Touring Artist after fifty-three years in the biz!
OK, we lied, just one more. “Top Social Artist”?! We had
TOP SOCIAL ARTIST
Hm, who should this one go to? Should it be a tongue-wagging epitome of a bad example? Or perhaps a now deeply apologetic
, former bad example?
Or, how about someone who used the power of social media in both a business savvy and benevolent way? Someone who turned Christmas into ‘Swiftmas’
for a few lucky fans and launched her 1989 album with a private listening party for her followers
? #SorryNotSorry, it’s gotta be Swifty.
For the full list of forty chart-specific categories and for a chance to have your voice heard in the only fan-voted prize for “Billboard
chart achievement award” click here
. Nominees for the fan’s choice award are Swift, Azalea and Trainor.
Tune into ABC on May 17th
to watch the live show and see just how alarmingly right we were.