Chris Stapleton, Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood & More Are Up for Billboard Music Awards This Year

Stapleton and Hunt will also go up against Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B and Taylor Swift in the Billboard Chart Achievement Award and Top Billboard 200 Artist categories.

Earlier today, the nominees for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards were announced and they include some of country music’s biggest chart-toppers.

To no surprise, Chris Stapleton leads the pack with five nominations, followed by Sam Hunt with four. Other notable nominees include Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Florida Georgia Line, and Thomas Rhett.

It was also super amazing to see country music be represented in categories other than country — Sam Hunt is up for the Billboard Achievement Award with artists like Drake, Cardi B, and Ed Sheeran in the same category, while Chris Stapleton is alongside Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, and P!NK for Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Selling Album.

Hosted by Kelly Clarkson, the 2018 Billboard Music Awards will air LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20th @ 8PM ET/5PM PT on NBC. You can vote for your favorite artists by visiting the BBMAs official website here.

2018 BBMAs – Country Nominees

Billboard Chart Achievement Award (Voting details to be released in the coming weeks):
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Sam Hunt
Ed Sheeran

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran
Chris Stapleton
Taylor Swift

Top Country Artist:
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

Top Country Male Artist:
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

Top Country Female Artist:
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris

Top Country Duo/Group Artist:
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

Top Country Tour:
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Top Selling Album:
Kendrick Lamar “DAMN.”
P!nk “Beautiful Trauma”
Ed Sheeran “÷ (Divide)”
Chris Stapleton “From A Room: Volume 1”
Taylor Swift “reputation”

Top Country Album:
Kane Brown “Kane Brown”
Luke Combs “This One’s For You”
Thomas Rhett “Life Changes”
Chris Stapleton “From A Room: Volume 1”
Brett Young “Brett Young”

Top Country Song:
Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina “What Ifs”
Sam Hunt “Body Like A Back Road”
Dustin Lynch “Small Town Boy”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant To Be”
Brett Young “In Case You Didn’t Know”


Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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