10 Apr 2014

Lorde in lead running for Billboards

2:23 pm on 10 April 2014

The most nominations for the Billboard Music Awards have gone to New Zealand singer Lorde and the American alternative rock group Imagine Dragons, with 12 each.

Lorde, who won two Grammys in January, is up against Beyonce, Cyrus, Katy Perry and Rihanna for top female artist, Reuters reports.

Lorde's hit single Royals and debut album Pure Heroine propelled her into the finals.

Lorde has been nominated for four Grammys.

Lorde. Photo: RNZ

Singer Justin Timberlake and pop star Katy Perry had 11 and 10 nominations respectively.

The winners will be named in Las Vegas on 18 May.

Billboard, a magazine that covers the music industry, said the finalists were based on fan interactions with music, including album and digital sales, touring, radio airplay, streaming and social interactions on websites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other online sites for music.