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Adele, LMFAO, Rihanna Up for Tons of 2012 Billboard Awards

Ceremony honors artists based mainly on charts and sales, so sorry, Skrillex!

The Grammys may manage to squeeze in a couple of eyebrow-raising wild-card nominees every year, but the Billboard Music Awards provide few surprises since they’re based on the firm metrics the trade magazine uses to track the music biz (sales and downloads, radio airplay, tour figures, and social media presence). The 2012 finalists (not nominees!) don’t stray too far from last year’s — Adele, Rihanna, and LMFAO are all up for armloads of honors. Sorry, Skrillex!.

Adele, of course, leads the race, with 18 spots on the ballot. LMFAO is close behind with 17, Rihanna with 13, and Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne are tied for 10 each. Billboard counted reporting info from March 1, 2011 through February 29, 2012 to determine the folks on the ballot for this year’s event, which will take place Sunday, May 20, in Las Vegas and be broadcast on ABC.

The Billboard Music Awards began in 1990, then went dormant for four years between 2007 and 2010. The show returned in 2011, when Billboard crowned Eminem its Top Artist and Justin Bieber its Top New Artist. Here’s a list of faces you may see in the crowd that night. The full list of nominees can be seen on Billboard’s website.

Top Artist:
?Adele
?Lady Gaga
?Lil Wayne
?Katy Perry
?Rihanna

Top New Artist:
?Bad Meets Evil
?Big Sean
?Foster The People
?Scotty McCreery
?Wiz Khalifa

Top Male Artist:
?Justin Bieber
?Chris Brown
?Drake
?Lil Wayne
?Bruno Mars

Top Female Artist:
?Adele
?Lady Gaga
?Nicki Minaj
?Katy Perry
?Rihanna

Top Duo/Group:
?The Black Eyed Peas
?Coldplay
?Lady Antebellum
?LMFAO
?Maroon 5

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
?Adele
?Justin Bieber
?Michael Buble
?Lady Gaga
?Lil Wayne

Top Hot 100 Artist:
?Adele
?LMFAO
?Bruno Mars
?Katy Perry
?Rihanna

Top Digital Songs Artist:
?Adele
?LMFAO
?Bruno Mars
?Katy Perry
?Rihanna

Top Radio Songs Artist:
?Adele
?Katy Perry
?Bruno Mars
?Nicki Minaj
?Rihanna

Top Touring Artist:
?Bon Jovi
?Taylor Swift
?Take That
?U2
?Roger Waters

Top Social Artist:
?Justin Bieber
?Eminem
?Lady Gaga
?Rihanna
?Shakira