The Weeknd earns 16 Billboard award nominations

Posted at 7:50 AM, Apr 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-12 10:50:47-04

It's a sweet day to be The Weeknd.

The R&B artist is leading the nominees at this year's Billboard Music Awards with 16 nods in categories such as top artist, top hot 100 song and top Billboard 200 album.

Justin Bieber is following behind the "Can't Feel My Face" singer with 11 nominations, including top artist and top male artist.

Fetty Wap and Drake are each up for 10 awards. Drake will compete against himself in the top rap album category with "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" and his collaboration with Future on "What A Time To Be Alive."

Adele and Taylor Swift are tied with eight nominations, including top artist, top female artist, top Billboard 200 artist and top Billboard 200 album -- all of which Swift won at last year's ceremony.

The Weeknd's "Beauty Behind The Madness" is up for the top Billboard 200 album against Adele's "25," Justin Bieber's "Purpose," Ed Sheeran's "x" and Taylor Swift's "1989."

The Weeknd, Bieber and Drake will compete against Adele and Swift for the top artist award.

Billboard Music Awards hosts Ludacris and Ciara announced some of the nominees Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America."

The show will air live on ABC from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 22.