Preview: 2012 Billboard Music Awards This Sunday

May 18, 2012 By:
Preview: 2012 Billboard Music Awards This Sunday

Get your microwave popcorn ready, the 2012 Billboard Music Awards are coming!

The event will be broadcast live from Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Arena on Sunday, May 20. Among the epic list of acts to perform include of Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, Chris Brown, LMFAO, and The Wanted.

Top contenders for awards this year include, LMFAO, Rihanna, and Adele who is a finalist in 18 categories, including Top Artist and Top Billboard 200 Artist for her sophomore megahit album “21.”

Underwood’s performance follows two consecutively strong weeks for her fourth studio album “Blown Away.” The album - which features the hit track “Good Girl” - has sold 387,000 copies and held the number one spot on the Billboard 200 since its debut on May 1.

Unlike the Grammy Awards that are based on votes, the numbers determine the Billboard winners. Awards are passed out based on sales, airplay, and download tallies. Data is provided by the Nielsen Company.

The awards start at 8/7c sharp on ABC.

Here’s a complete list of this year’s finalists:

Top Artist: Adele, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Katy Perry, Rihanna.

Top New Artist: Bad Meets Evil, Big Sean, Foster the People, Scotty McCreery and Wiz Khalifa.

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

Top Female Artist: Adele, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry and Rihanna.

Top Duo/Group: Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Lady Antebellum, LMFAO and Maroon 5.

Top Billboard 200 Album: Adele 21, Michael Bublé Christmas, Drake Take Care, Lady Gaga Born This Way and Lil Wayne Tha Carter IV.

Top Pop Album: Adele 19, Adele 21, Michael Bublé Christmas, Lady Gaga Born This Way and Justin Bieber Under the Mistletoe.

Top R&B Album: Beyoncé 4, Mary J. Blige My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1), Chris Brown F.A.M.E., Jennifer Hudson I Remember Me and Rihanna Talk That Talk.

Top Rap Album: Bad Meets Evil Hell: The Sequel, Drake Take Care, Jay-Z & Kanye West Watch the Throne, Lil Wayne Tha Carter IV and LMFAO Sorry for Party Rocking.

Top Rap Artist: Drake, Lil Wayne, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj and Wiz Khalifa.

Top Rock Artist: The Black Keys, Coldplay, Foster the People, Foo Fighters and Mumford & Sons.

Top Hot 100 Song: Adele "Rolling in the Deep," LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock "Party Rock Anthem," Maroon 5 Feat. Christina Aguilera "Moves Like Jagger," Katy Perry Feat. Kanye West "E.T." and Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer "Give Me Everything."