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Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Fun. lead Billboard awards

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a three-way tie: Taylor Swift, Maroon 5 and Fun. are finalists in 11 categories at the Billboard Music Awards.

Billboard announced the finalists Monday. Rihanna, Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction are up for 10, nine and eight trophies, respectively.

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Swift, Maroon 5, Rihanna, One Direction and Justin Bieber will compete for the Top Artist award. Adele's 2011 album, "21," which recently passed the 10 million mark in sales, won Top Billboard 200 album last year and is up for the award again this year. It will battle Swift's "Red," Mumford & Sons' "Babel" as well as One Direction's albums — "Up All Night" and "Take Me Home" — both released last year.

Performers include Swift, Bieber, Bruno Mars, Miguel and Prince.

The Billboard Music Awards will air live May 19 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on ABC.

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May 19, 2013 3:11AM
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This is exactly why certain US artisits have taken their acts to Europe and have opted to stay away from the totally corrupt US music industry.
Apr 22, 2013 12:20PM
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What a sorry state the music business is in.  Carly Rae Jepsen, Taylor Swift, One Direction, Rihanna and Fun are terrible, untalented teenybopper stars.   Maroon 5 is only a few years removed from the same.  There are soooo many better musicians and bands out there but until the industry realizes that there are alot more buyers than preteen girls out there we will continue to be bombarded by this worthelss crap.
Apr 22, 2013 12:17PM
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Taylor Swift should be voted'The Biggest Loser". And I don't mean weight. All of these pics are "second hand roses". Ugh...........

Apr 22, 2013 11:57AM
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Swift and Fun. annoying overplayed artists and songs......
Apr 22, 2013 11:38AM
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music industry is such a bunch of predictable homophobic jokes....i mean really....carley rae....call me maybe is old...was a hit during the olympics....not new....what happened to honoring originality and actually singing and performing talent...Adam Lambert's Trespassing CD is fantastic...very good dance music that infuses new sounds, with electronic and funk,...and the ballads...omg...the man is hands down the best male vocalist out there ...not to mention he is very stylish ...good looking and has a big heart...always plugging other peoples music and doing things for charity.  I am so sick of Swift, Beiber, Adele, Rhianna....Maroon 5...on and on...same old faces...all their songs sound the same...just boring as hell.
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