Who will win it big at Billboard Music Awards 2016?
The annual Billboard Music Awards is famed as an event that sees the union of music powerhouses from across the globe. One of the highlights this year is P!nk gearing up to make her world television debut with a rendition of her new song, Just Like Fire, from Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass — her first single in three years. Alongside glamorous and popular faces, a number of fresh talents such as DNCE and Shawn Mendes will also be seen performing at the glittering ceremony.
Before the awards are won and lost on Sunday, hitlist pulls out a list of musicians in the reckoning to walk home with the coveted trophy this year...
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Who: Taylor Swift
Why: With the staggering success of her latest album, 1989, the singer-songwriter proved yet again why she is such a worldwide sensation. Considering that she has won most awards this year, this one seems like a given.
Top New Artist
Who: Charlie Puth
Why: It could be a close call between Fetty Wap and Charlie in this category, but we will put our money on the latter keeping in mind the back-to-back hit singles he has been delivering.
Top Male Artist
Who: Justin Bieber
Why: His Purpose was yet another chart-topping album and the songs are still making waves on radio
and music channels. Love him, hate him, but you can't deny that Biebs is on fire.
Top Female Artist
Why: Her comeback was as hyped as her album, but she lived up to expectations and how! No gimmickry or drama, the singer is all soul and pure music, and has managed to knock out most of her contemporaries solely through her album 25.
Who: Twenty One Pilots
Why: It has taken a while for the American musical duo to seep into mainstream musical arena, but the underdogs are going from strength to strength.
Top Streaming Songs Artist
Why: There isn't a shadow of a doubt about the video that has been streamed the most over this year. Music lovers, irrespective of age, were seen posting their own version of Watch me Whip online.
Top R&B Artist
Who: The Weeknd
Why: Despite names like Rihanna and Chris Brown in the nominations, our bet is on this singer-songwriter who seems to have surpassed the giants.
Top Country Artist
Who: Carrie Underwood
Why: An obvious choice; Storyteller has received acclaim since its release and has, this year, emerged as a clear winner in this category.
Top Radio Song
What: Uptown Funk
Why: The song has spunk, style and is an instant mood lifter. Even after crossing over a billion views on YouTube, the song's effect refuses to die down.
Top Streaming Song
What: Sorry/ Hotline Bling
Why: It's a close call between Bieber's track and Drake's number; both were instant hits and we would be happy to see either of them win.
to perform at the awards after Dr Luke's record label gave it a go-ahead. Earlier this week, the production company behind the show said Kemosabe Records had withdrawn its permission for her to sing at the event following reports that during the show, Kesha was planning to criticise the record producer.
The True Colors hitmaker is locked in a legal battle with Dr Luke after she accused him of sexually and emotionally abusing her, which he denied.
In a new statement, Kemosabe Records says: "Kesha's performance on the Billboard Music Awards was always approved, in good faith. Approval was only suspended when Kemosabe learned Kesha was to use the performance as a platform to discuss the litigation."
Kesha had earlier posted about the Billboard performance on Instagram, saying she had merely been planning a tribute to Bob Dylan.