Lorde scoops Billboard nominations
Kiwi teenager Lorde should probably create some extra space in her trophy cabinet.
The nominations for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards have been announced and the 17-year-old singer-songwriter scored 12 - more than Beyonce, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams and music’s other elite solo artists.
Lorde was only matched by the 12 nominations rock band Imagine Dragons picked up.
In January Lorde walked away from the Grammy Awards with two wins: song of the year and best pop solo performance.
The Billboard Awards, to be held in Las Vegas on May 18, are one of music’s top awards ceremonies and are based on fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other online destinations.
Lorde broke through in the US in 2013 with her number one Billboard Hot 100 single Royals and debut album Pure Heroine.
The teenager will compete with Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Rihanna for top female artist and Royals is up for top radio, digital, streaming and rock song.
Lorde’s other categories include new artist, top rock artist, top rock album, top Hot 100 artist, top digital songs artist, top radio songs artist and top Hot 100 song.
Following Lorde and Imagine Dragon’s 12 nominations are Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with 11, 10 and eight respectively.