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Chris Stapleton, Maren Morris, Kane Brown Nominated for 2018 Billboard Music Awards

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The Billboard Music Awards have released their complete list of nominees for this year's ceremony with a whopping 57 categories. Unlike the Grammys, where votes are counted to determine the winners of each category, the Billboard Music Awards are decided by numbers such as album sales, streaming and radio play and measured social engagement.

While the Billboard Music Awards mainly focus on pop and hip hop artists, they have an interesting array of award opportunities including Top Social Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, and Top Touring Artist, along with seven Country Artist categories.

This year, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton are up for the same awards in Top Country Artist, Top Country Male Artist and Top Country Album. Kane Brown is also up for three awards: Top Country Album, Top Country Artist and Top Country Song for his duet with Laren Alaina, "What Ifs."

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No women are nominated in the Top Country Artist category, but Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris were nominated for Top Country Female Artist.

Top Country Artist:

Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

Top Country Male Artist:
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

Top Country Female Artist:
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris

Top Country Duo/Group Artist:
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

Top Country Tour:
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Top Country Album:
Kane Brown, Kane Brown
Luke Combs, This One's For You
Thomas Rhett, Life Changes
Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1
Brett Young, Brett Young

Top Country Song:
Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina, "What Ifs"
Sam Hunt, "Body Like A Back Road"
Dustin Lynch, "Small Town Boy"
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, "Meant To Be"
Brett Young, "In Case You Didn't Know"

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Chris Stapleton, Maren Morris, Kane Brown Nominated for 2018 Billboard Music Awards