One Direction, the biggest-selling global act to emerge from “The X Factor,” has received 10 nominations in eight categories for the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, which will be presented on May 19 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. ABC will have the U.S. telecast of the show that night. The nominations were announced on April 22, 2013.
The nominations and awards are based on Billboard’s tracking period from March 12, 2012 to March 10, 2013.
One Direction will not be able to attend the 2013 Billboard Music Awards in person because the group will be on tour in Italy.
One Direction are nominated in the following eight categories:
- Top Artist
- Top New Artist
- Top Duo/Group
- Top Billboard 200 Artist
- Top Social Artist
- Top Pop Artist
- Top Billboard 200 Album (for “Up All Night” and “Take Me Home”)
- Top Pop Album (for “Up All Night” and “Take Me Home”)
One Direction came in third place on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2010 and has since had No. 1 hits and sold-out tours in several countries.
Because Billboard has a year-end issue that lists the top artists in many categories, One Direction will almost certainly win the prize for Top New Artist, since Billboard already declared in its year-end issue of 2012 that One Direction is the best-selling new artist of 2012.
Taylor Swift and Adele are expected to win several of the top awards at the show. Adele is widely predicted to take the prizes for Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Pop Album and Top Billboard 200 Album for her mega-smash second album, “21.” Swift is a shoo-in to win in the country categories. Swift or Adele will win the prize for Top Female Artist. Justin Bieber is likely to win Top Male Artist. Maroon 5 is most likely to win Top Duo/Group. Rihanna will be the biggest winner in the R&B categories. And the award for Top Artist will probably go to Swift.
Maroon 5 has 14 nominations in 11 categories. The rock band fun. has 13 nominations in 11 categories. Swift has 12 nominations in 12 categories. Rihanna has 10 nominations in 10 categories. Carly Rae Jepsen has nine nominations in nine categories.
Swift, Bruno Mars and Bieber are finalists for the Milestone Award, a new prize that will be awarded to an artist who had a milestone on the Billboard charts in the eligible time period. Unlike the other awards at the show, the Milestone Award is voted on by fans.
Prince will be honored with the Billboard Icon Award at the ceremony. Tracy Morgan is the host of the show.
Tickets for the Billboard Music Awards tickets are available at $75 each (not including applicable service charges and taxes) for seats on the upper level of the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Ticket sales are limited to four per person. The tickets can be purchased at by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000; online at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com; and at all Ticketmaster locations in Las Vegas, such as select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino.