The finalists for the 2023 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) were revealed today (Oct. 26).
Determined by year-end performance metrics on the Billboard charts dated Nov. 19, 2022 through Oct. 21, 2023, the top finalists include Taylor Swift, Morgan Wallen, SZA, The Weeknd, Drake and Zach Bryan.
Swift, the most decorated female BBMAs artist of all time with 29 wins, leads as a finalist in 20 categories. Her chart-topping hit “Anti-Hero” is up for five awards, including Top Hot 100 Song. With 29 previous wins, Swift could surpass Drake for most wins of all-time if she wins at least five this year.
Wallen is the leading male finalist this year up for 16 awards with 17 entries, including Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Hot 100 Artist. His album One Thing At A Time is up for two awards, while his song “Last Night” is up for three awards, including Top Hot 100 Song.
Bryan, a first-time finalist, bows with recognition as a finalist up for 13 awards with 14 entries, including Top New Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Hot 100 Songwriter and Top Streaming Songs Artist. His song “Something In The Orange” is a finalist for three awards, including Top Streaming Song, Top Country Song and twice in the Top Rock Song category.
For the night’s top honor, Top Artist, Wallen and Swift are joined by Luke Combs, Drake and SZA. In the Top New Artist category, Bryan is joined by Bailey Zimmerman and Jelly Roll, alongside Ice Spice and Peso Pluma.
For Top Country Artist, Wallen, Bryan, Swift, Combs and Zimmerman are nominated. Combs, Wallen and Bryan make up the Top Country Male Artist category; while Swift, Lainey Wilson and Megan Moroney are in the Top Country Female Artist. Old Dominion, Parmalee and Zac Brown Band are finalists for Top Country Duo/Group.
Wallen and Combs are joined by George Strait in the Top Country Touring Artist. Combs earned two nods in the Top Country Album category, alongside Wallen, Bryan and Swift. Notably, Bryan, Jelly Roll, Hardy and Noah Kahan are nominated alongside Steve Lacy for Top Rock Album. Jelly Roll, Bryan and Kacey Musgraves are also included in the Top Rock Song category.
In the new Top Hot 100 Songwriter category, Nashville’s Ashley Gorley is present alongside Bryan, Swift, Jack Antonoff and SZA. In the new Top Hot 100 Producer category, Joey Moi represents Music City along with Bryan, Swift, Antonoff and Metro Boomin.
First-time country finalists include Zimmerman, who is up for Top New Artist, Top Country Artist and Top Country Song, and Oliver Anthony, who is up for Top Selling Song and Top Song Sales Artist.
The 2023 Billboard Music Awards will take place on Sunday, Nov. 19 on BBMAs.watch. Performances and awards will roll out across BBMAs and Billboard social channels as well.
For a full list of this year’s finalists, visit billboard.com.
Select BBMA Finalists:
Top New Artist
Top Male Artist
Top Female Artist
Top Country Artist
Top Country Male Artist
Top Country Female Artist
Top Country Duo/Group
Zac Brown Band
Top Country Touring Artist
Top Country Album
Luke Combs – Gettin’ Old
Luke Combs – Growin’ Up
Morgan Wallen – One Thing At A Time
Taylor Swift – Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)
Zach Bryan – American Heartbreak
Top Country Song
Bailey Zimmerman – “Rock and A Hard Place”
Luke Combs – “Fast Car”
Morgan Wallen – “Last Night”
Morgan Wallen – “You Proof”
Zach Bryan – “Something In The Orange”
Top Rock Artist
Top Rock Album
Hardy – The Mockingbird & The Crow
Jelly Roll – Whitsitt Chapel
Noah Kahan – Stick Season
Steve Lacy – Gemini Rights
Zach Bryan – American Heartbreak
Top Christian Artist
For King & Country
Top Gospel Artist
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