Billboard announced the nominees in its 2016 Music Awards. And for a celebration of the American record industry, Canadians are absolutely killing it, with The Weeknd getting top spot
The nominees for the 2016 Billboard Music Awards were announced yesterday and heads around the world were turned northward thanks to the sheer abundance of Canadian-born artists on the list, most of them getting nods in multiple categories. Indeed, Toronto's The Weeknd alone garnered 19 nominations in 16 different categories, by far the most of any of this years contenders. In other words, in two categories his only other competition is pretty much himself! This comes about a week after Canada got aquainted with The Weeknd at the Juno Awards along with others among Canada's hottest talent. Not that the artist otherwise known as Abel Tesfaye was the only big talent repping the Great White North. Indeed, runner up in terms of sheer nominations is fellow Ontarian Justin Bieber, whose 2015 release Purpose scored him 12 nominations in 11 different categories.
Not to be outdone, pioneer of the Toronto music scene and Tesfaye's mentor Drake is acknowledged with 11 nods in 10 categories, tied with rapper Fetty Wap. All those nominations mean Canadian artists will face off against one another in a total of 10 categories, with The Weeknd, Drake and Justin Bieber vying against each other in all of (deep breath): Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist and Top Streaming Song (Audio). Additionally, The Weeknd and Biebs are both up for Top Radio Songs Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album. Not to be discounted, the young upstart from Brampton Alessia Cara knows all about what it means to be a Canadian artist, making the grade with Top R&B Song for her anti-party hit "Here." Yet considering that R&B phenom The Weeknd is nominated no less than three times (!) in the same category, at least if Cara loses, she'll get a heartfelt apology. You know, Canadian and all. Are you proud, or what?