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Although Shawn Mendes is no stranger to breaking Billboard charts, it was nonetheless mind-blowing for the 18-year-old singer to learn that he was nominated in three categories for Billboard Music Award 2017.

In the award category, popular hitmakers Drake and The Chainsmokers lead the nomination pack with 22 nods.

Minaj joins previously announced performers Camila Cabello, The Chainsmokers, Miley Cyrus, Celine Dion, Drake, Florida Georgia Line, Halsey, Sam Hunt, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Lorde, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran. Drake's nominations include, among others, Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album. Like, on the Top Artist-level liked it. Voting for both categories will remain open until May 21, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. EDT / 6:00 p.m. PDT (one hour into the live broadcast).

The annual awards show will air from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Music collective, Twenty One Pilots follows with 17 nominations, Rihanna with 14, The Weeknd with 13 while Queen Bey, Beyonce has raked in a total of eight awards for her monumental album, Lemonade.

Wizkid may have missed out on a Grammy earlier this year, but his rise on the global music scene has continued with the Nigerian star bagging seven nominations at the Billboard Music Awards.

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