Leaders of the Pack? Adele, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, and Lady Gaga Lead 2012 Billboard Music Awards

Adele, LMFAO, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne are all finalists in this year’s Music Awards.

The front runner of all of the nominee’s is, of course, Adele. The U.K. songstress takes the lead as a finalist in 18 award categories! Categories Adele has been nominated for include Top Artist, Top Female Artist and Top 200 Artist. Her smash hit, “Rolling In The Deep,”, which is the lead single from her blockbuster sophomore album “21,” places Adele a contender in seven song categories.

Also in the running are electro-pop duo LMFAO who are finalist in 17 award categories. Truth be told, the guys actually received 22 entries compared to Adele’s 20. LMFAO and Adele will square off in the Top Hot 100 Artist category, which also includes Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Rihanna.

The awards will reflect Billboard’s chart rankings based on key fan interactions with music, including album sales and downloads, track downloads, radio airplay and touring as well as streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Vevo, Youtube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound. The awards will be based on the reporting period of March 1, 2011 through February 29, 2012. Top artists will be recognized in a variety of genres, including R&B, Rap, Pop, Country, Rock, Latin, and Alternative.

The awards show will take place in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel and will be broadcast/taped on May 20, 8/7c on ABC.

FULL LIST: 2012 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS FINALISTS

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