Billboard released the finalists for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards today at a press conference in Las Vegas. The winners will be announced on The 2011 Billboard Music Awards telecast, airing live Sunday, May 22 (5:00-8:00 p.m., ET / 8:00-11:00 p.m., PT) on ABC.

The only Idol-related nominees are Kris Allen’s “Live Like We’re Dying” in the Christian Song category. I know, seems a little odd–but the song charted and was played on Christian radio.

Simon Cowell prodigy, Susan Boyle, is nominated for Billboard 200 artist and Top Billboard 200 album.  Jennifer Lopez is set to perform.

Carrie Underwood, who was at least nominated in most of last year’s major award presentations, is nowhere to be found in the country categories. Grammy nominee, Adam Lambert is also absent.  No Glee songs made the nom list either, although tunes from the hit FOX series regularly appear on the Hot 100.

Nominated are the usual suspects–Eminem, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga. There’s more information about those nominations in the official Billboard press release.

The awards show will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in partnership with Chevrolet, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). This is the first year that ABC will broadcast the event.

The finalists for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards are: (after the jump)

ARTIST AWARDS:

Top Artist:

Justin Bieber
Eminem
Lady Gaga
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top New Artist:

Justin Bieber
Taio Cruz
Ke$ha
Bruno Mars
Nicki Minaj

Top Male Artist:

Justin Bieber
Drake
Eminem
Bruno Mars
Usher

Top Female Artist:

Ke$ha
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group:

The Black Eyed Peas
Bon Jovi
Lady Antebellum
Linkin Park
U2

Top Billboard 200 Artist:

Justin Bieber
Susan Boyle
Eminem
Lady Antebellum
Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist:

Ke$ha
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
Rihanna
Usher

Top Digital Songs Artist:

Eminem
Ke$ha
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Top Radio Songs Artist:

Drake
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
Rihanna
Usher

Top Touring Artist:

Bon Jovi
Michael Buble
Lady Gaga
U2
Roger Waters

Top Social Artist:

Akon
Justin Bieber
Eminem
Lady Gaga
Rihanna

Top Streaming Artist:

Justin Bieber
Eminem
Lady Gaga
Rihanna
Shakira

Top Digital Media Artist:

Akon
Justin Bieber
Eminem
Lady Gaga
Rihanna

Top Pop Artist:

Justin Bieber
The Black Eyed Peas
Ke$ha
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry

Top R&B Artist:

Alicia Keys
Monica
Rihanna
Trey Songz
Usher

Top Rap Artist:

Drake
Eminem
Lil Wayne
Ludacris
Nicki Minaj

Top Country Artist:

Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Lady Antebellum
Taylor Swift
Zac Brown Band

Top Rock Artist:

Kings of Leon
Linkin Park
Mumford & Sons
Muse
Train

Top Alternative Artist:

The Black Keys
Kings of Leon
Linkin Park
Mumford & Sons
Muse

Top Latin Artist:

Enrique Iglesias
Pitbull
Prince Royce
Shakira
Wisin & Yandel

Top Dance Artist:

The Black Eyed Peas
David Guetta
Lady Gaga
LaRoux
Rihanna

Top Christian Artist:

Casting Crowns
MercyMe
Skillet
tobyMac
Chris Tomlin

ALBUMS AWARDS:

Top Billboard 200 Album:

Justin Bieber — “My World 2.0”
Susan Boyle — “The Gift”
Eminem — “Recovery”
Lady Antebellum — “Need You Now”
Taylor Swift — “Speak Now”

Top Pop Album:

Justin Bieber — “My World 2.0”
Black Eyed Peas — “The E.N.D.”
Ke$ha — “Animal”
Lady Gaga — “The Fame”
Katy Perry — “Teenage Dream”

Top R&B Album:

Monica — “Still Standing”
Rihanna — “Loud”
Sade — “Stronger Than Love”
Trey Songz — “Passion, Pain & Pleasure”
Usher — “Raymond v. Raymond”

Top Rap Album:

Drake — “Thank Me Later”
Eminem — “Recovery”
Nicki Minaj — “Pink Friday”
Lil Wayne — “I Am Not a Human Being”
Kanye West — “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”
Top Country Album:

Jason Aldean — “My Kinda Party”
Lady Antebellum — “Need You Now”
Sugarland — “The Incredible Machine”
Taylor Swift — “Speak Now”
Zac Brown Band — “The Foundation”

Top Rock Album:

The Black Keys — “Brothers”
Jack Johnson — “To the Sea”
Kid Rock — “Born Free”
Linkin Park — “A Thousand Suns”
Mumford & Sons — “Sigh No More”

Top Alternative Album:

The Black Keys — “Brothers”
Jack Johnson — “To the Sea”
Kings of Leon — “Come Around Midnight”
Linkin Park — “A Thousand Suns”
Mumford & Sons — “Sigh No More”

Top Latin Album:

Marc Anthony — “Iconos”
Camila — “Dejarte De Amar”
Enrique Iglesias — “Euphoria”
Prince Royce — “Prince Royce”
Shakira — “Sale El Sol”

Top Dance/Electronic Album:

Daft Punk — “Tron Legacy (Soundtrack)”
Lady Gaga — “The Fame”
Lady Gaga — “The Fame Monster”
Lady Gaga — “The Remix”
Owl City — “Ocean Eyes”

Top Christian Album:

MercyMe — “The Generous Mr. Lovewell”
Skillet — “Awake”
tobyMac — “Tonight”
Chris Tomlin — “And If Our God is for Us”
Various Artists — “WOW Hits 2011”

SONG AWARDS:

Top Hot 100 Song:

Taio Cruz — “Dynamite”
Eminem Feat. Rihanna — “Love The Way You Lie”
Bruno Mars — “Just the Way You Are”
Katy Perry Feat. Snoop Dogg — “California Gurls”
Usher Feat. will.i.am — “OMG”

Top Digital Song:

B.o.B Feat. Hayley Williams — “Airplanes”
Taio Cruz — “Dynamite”
Eminem Feat. Rihanna — “Love the Way You Lie”
Bruno Mars — “Just the Way You Are”
Katy Perry Feat. Snoop Dogg — “California Gurls”

Top Radio Song:

Taio Cruz — “Dynamite”
Eminem Feat. Rihanna — “Love the Way You Lie”
Bruno Mars — “Just the Way You Are”
Usher Featuring Pitbull — “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love”
Usher Feat. will.i.am — “OMG”

Top Streaming Song (Audio):

Taio Cruz — “Dynamite”
Eminem Feat. Rihanna — “Love the Way You Lie”
Lady Antebellum — “Need You Now”
Bruno Mars — “Just the Way You Are”
Nelly — “Just A Dream”

Top Streaming Song (Video):

Justin Bieber Feat. Ludacris — “Baby”
Eminem — “Not Afraid”
Eminem Feat. Rihanna — “Love the Way You Lie”
Lady Gaga — “Bad Romance”
Shakira Feat. Freshleyground — “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)”

Top Pop Song:

Taio Cruz — “Dynamite”
Bruno Mars — “Just the Way You Are”
Katy Perry Feat. Snoop Dogg — “California Gurls”
Katy Perry — “Firework”
Katy Perry — “Teenage Dream”

Top R&B Song:

Alicia Keys — “Unthinkable (I’m Ready)”
Rihanna Featuring Drake — “What’s My Name”
Trey Songz Feat. Nicki Minaj — “Bottoms Up”
Usher Feat. will.i.am — “OMG”
Usher — “There Goes My Baby”

Top Rap Song:

B.o.B Feat. Hayley Williams — “Airplanes”
B.o.B Feat. Bruno Mars — “Nothin’ on You”
Eminem Feat. Rihanna — “Love the Way You Lie”
Far*East Movement Feat. Dev & The Cataracs — “Like A G6”
Nelly — “Just a Dream”

Top Country Song:

The Band Perry — “If I Die Young”
Lady Antebellum — “Need You Now”
Miranda Lambert — “The House That Built Me”
Sugarland — “Stuck Like Glue”
Taylor Swift — “Mine”

Top Rock Song:

The Dirty Heads Featuring Rome — “Lay Me Down”
Florence + The Machine — “Dog Days Are Over”
Mumford & Sons — “Little Lion Man”
Neon Trees — “Animal”
Train — “Hey, Soul Sister”

Top Alternative Song:

Florence + The Machine — “Dog Days Are Over”
Linkin Park — “Waiting on the End”
Mumford & Sons — “The Cave”
Mumford & Sons — “Little Lion Man”
Neon Trees — “Animal”

Top Latin Song:

Enrique Iglesias Featuring Juan Luis Guerra “Cuando Me Enamoro”
Pitbull — “Bon Bon”
Shakira — “Gypsy”
Shakira Feat. El Cata — “Loca”
Shakira Feat. Freshleyground — “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)”

Top Dance Song:

Lady Gaga — “Bad Romance”
Lady Gaga Feat. Beyonce — “Telephone”
La Roux — “Bulletproof”
Edward Maya &Vika Jigulina — “Stereo Love”
Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup — “We Speak No Americano”

Top Christian Song:

Kris Allen — “Live Like We’re Dying”
MercyMe — “All of Creation”
Sanctus Real — “Lead Me”
tobyMac — “Get Back Up”
Chris Tomlin — “Our God”

 
  • sma11ie

    Does anyone have the list from last year? I’m sure Idols were nominated last year, right? Carrie, I’d think, and probably Adam and Kris as well?

  • mmb

    Congrats to Kris! A little weird since it does not appear that Kris or Jive view him as a Christian artist, but it was on the Christian charts so..

    Why single out Carrie and Adam for no noms? Daughtry, fantasia and other alums all had releases that could be eligible as well…

  • windmills

    The nominations are a numbers thing. So based on how you want to spin them either they have no credibility because it’s not an industry award or they have full integrity because there’s no industry politics involved :P

    The awards will reflect Billboard’s chart rankings based on key fan interactions with music, including album, single and digital sales, touring, streaming and social interactions on MySpace, Facebook and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners. The awards will be based on the reporting period of February 28, 2010 through March 1, 2011.

    Billboard

    In country for example the nominees for the artist category all released new albums during the reporting period.

    The winners will all know in advance too because it’s all determined by the numbers.

    sma11ie: Does anyone have the list from last year? I’m sure Idols were nominated last year, right?

    There were no Billboard awards on TV last year. They used to be in December with Ryan hosting on Fox but they canceled them in 2007 after years of low ratings. Now they’re relaunching them for May and they’ve changed the reporting period from the usual Billboard year.

  • mmb

    Does anyone have the list from last year? I’m sure Idols were nominated last year, right? Carrie, I’d think, and probably Adam and Kris as well

    I don’t think they had the awards last year.

  • cookbunny

    I was wondering…since the winners are all based on charts and sales, can’t we just, oh, I don’t know…go to Billboard.com and figure out who won?

    I assume the “Awards Show” is really for TV viewers who don’t track charts and just want to see some performances.

  • musicality

    That is the oddest group of nominations from any award show. It’s the same group of artists getting nominated over and over again. Justin Bieber, Lady GaGa, Rihanna, Kesha & Bruno Mars. Really weird. In some categories there are 5 nominees and 3 will be of the same artist. I don’t recall seeing anything like it. Does Jive want Kris Allen to be thought of as a Christian recording artist? Isn’t that like a kiss of death?

  • windmills

    musicality: Does Jive want Kris Allen to be thought of as a Christian recording artist? Isn’t that like a kiss of death?

    This has nothing to do with Jive and everything to do with LLWD selling many more downloads and getting many more streams during the recording period than anything else that got airplay at Christian radio. It’s just the numbers talking – they can’t differentiate based on the downloads and streams probably coming from LLWD’s pop airplay.

    Jason Castro, Phil Stacey, and especially Mandisa (not to mention many successful non Idol Christian contemporary artists) don’t seem to consider being a Christian artist a kiss of death.

  • Avari

    Interesting. These are chart and sales based, right? How can U2 be nominated for top duo/group when they didn’t release anything in the last 12 months (unless I missed it)? What’s the point of having Rock and Alternative when it’s the same artists in both groups? (Don’t get me wrong, I love altrock…just doesn’t really seem right, somehow).

    Kind of surprised Carrie didn’t get nominated, as it seemed to me she dominated the country charts and sales last year. I’m disappointed that Adam doesn’t have a nom :-( , but I guess it’s understandable considering the A list of mega-sellers and chart topping artists that were nominated. And LOL at Kris’s nomination for a Christian song :-)…but a nom is a nom!! Given that LLYD was also a pop hit in terms of sales, does Kris have a good chance of winning…cuz I can only assume his single sold more than the others on the Christian list?

  • Elliegrll

    That is the oddest group of nominations from any award show. It’s the same group of artists getting nominated over and over again. Justin Bieber, Lady GaGa, Rihanna, Kesha & Bruno Mars.

    That’s because they were the top sellers of the year. I don’t think anyone would be surprised that these people’s songs were played, streamed and purchased more than anyone else’s in 2010.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Since it is a live show I assume there will be performances. Perhaps Kris will be invited to perform on the show. Even if he sings LLWD, it is still a tv performance.

  • standtotheright

    The nominations are a numbers thing. So based on how you want to spin them either they have no credibility because it’s not an industry award or they have full integrity because there’s no industry politics involved

    Best summary of them all. Hee.

    Still, congrats to the nominees for moving those units.

  • luly

    Congrats!

  • tripp_ncwy

    Kris Allen — “Live Like We’re Dying”
    MercyMe — “All of Creation”
    Sanctus Real — “Lead Me”
    tobyMac — “Get Back Up”
    Chris Tomlin — “Our God”

    Some friendly competition here since Kris has second billing at the Alive11 Festival in June to Toby Mac on the main stage to close out the festival.

  • Fullmoon

    The nominations are a numbers thing. So based on how you want to spin them either they have no credibility because it’s not an industry award or they have full integrity because there’s no industry politics involved

    Pretty much. Shocked Carrie is not among the nominees and congrats to Kris, not surprise he’s nominated in the Christian category. I always thought that should be his market along with maybe country.

  • ross

    Does Jive want Kris Allen to be thought of as a Christian recording artist? Isn’t that like a kiss of death?

    It hasn’t been the kiss of death for Switchfoot or Mat Kearney (both of whom Kris has written with). I don’t think Kris is going to be thought of as a Christian recording artist because his Top 10 hit on Pop, HAC, and AC also happened to chart on the Christian singles chart and got nominated. I think it’s called crossover, right?

    Anyhow, I’m happy Kris got nominated and I’m sure Jive is happy! Congratualtions, Kris.

    I always thought that should be his market along with maybe country.

    I don’t think the nomination proves this is his market, actually. He did great in broader, more competitive markets with the same song (actually charted higher), so that tells the story, I think.

  • Elliegrll

    Pretty much. Shocked Carrie is not among the nominees and congrats to Kris, not surprise he’s nominated in the Christian category. I always thought that should be his market along with maybe country.

    It’s not about Kris, it’s about the song crossing over to different formats. The funny thing is that it did a lot better on all of the other formats than it did on Christian radio stations.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    Am so happy for Kris, this is a nice surprise.I don’t think Jive would be upset because of this, if they didn’t want him to be “labeled as a Christian artist”, am sure they would have not wanted him to do Alive Fest, since his doing that and it’s a Christian type thing.

  • CindyM

    Congrats to Kris!! Good exposure for him and ties in nicely with the Christian festival he’s doing!

  • ross

    Am so happy for Kris, this is a nice surprise.

    Yes, it is – I’m really excited he was nominated.

  • washpd

    LOL. Yes, I’m sure Jive is worried about him being nominated for this award. Fact is, the song got enough airplay to chart on Christian radio, and was #1 on Billboard’s Digital Christian Songs chart for many weeks. It also was Top 10 in three mainstream formats–Pop (Top 40), HAC, and AC. It was a crossover success, which is what accounts for it probably selling a lot more than the average Christian song. Nothing wrong with that. Having pop/HAC songs cross over to Christian radio hasn’t hurt Switchfoot or the Fray or any number of other mainstream acts.

  • LaRue

    Having pop/HAC songs cross over to Christian radio hasn’t hurt Switchfoot or the Fray or any number of other mainstream acts.

    Agreed. Flyleaf has been played on Top 40, HAC, Alternative Rock and Christian stations. Doesn’t hurt them a bit. The more good exposure for any artist, the better.

  • Ratna12

    Congrats Kris :)

  • Eileen99

    Congratulations Kris! This song, lol. The Christian nomination actually makes perfect sense – it was on the Christian chart FOR. EVER.

    All of those artists nominated in the big categories had incredible years – congratulations to all of them.

    And to the point above – lots of artists see crossover airplay into this market. Nothing unusual or worrisome about it. I’m sure Jive’s happy with Kris’ broad appeal.

  • tinawina

    Congrats to Kris! Maybe we’ll get a TV performance out of this. :D

  • jpfan

    The Billboard Awards are back? I’m confuzzled. I remember them being televised back in the day and then going the way of the dodo.

    It’s cool that they’re back. If I recall, the awards are based on sales and radio play. The artists who sell the most music win. It’s quite unlike the Grammys in that regard. The show will be 100% who’s hot this second in the biz.

  • nncw

    Wow we have been going through a dry spell on news about Kris and all of a sudden he is popping up all over the place. So happy for him – he is the reason why I started watching Idol again and in fact haven’t been so fanatic about a singer in a long time. Hope he has continued success in his career.

  • bjames

    Whoever said being a Christian artist is a kiss of death is totally wrong. Christian fans, like country fans, actually buy albums, and they are extremely loyal.

    In fact, many people at my church only know “Live Like We’re Dying” BECAUSE it was such a hit on our Christian radio station.

    Any crossover opportunity is good, in my opinion. I work for a Christian festival that is having Kris this summer, and people have been going nuts about it. Congrats to Kris!

  • Kirsten

    Congratulations to Kris. It is always great to be nominated.

    Given that the show will be appearing during May sweeps, Billboard is sure to try to make it is a big splash. Plus, it will be out there on its own (before it was in the middle of the AMAs and Grammys), so more acts might want feature their new singles on it.

  • Kirkee

    It’s nice to see Kris nominated whatever the category. Otherwise, same people, same noms, yada yada yada.

  • LaRue

    Given that the show will be appearing during May sweeps, Billboard is sure to try to make it is a big splash. Plus, it will be out there on its own (before it was in the middle of the AMAs and Grammys), so more acts might want feature their new singles on it.

    I remember when singers wouldn’t perform at the AMAs (back when they came on in January) Billboard awards (December) because they were holding out for a Grammy slot. Something about not wanting to use the same people and possibly dilute interest. It was pretty funny.

  • tripp_ncwy

    IdolsNow:

    KRIS ALLEN’s “Live Like We’re Dying” holds at #39 on Christian Digital Songs chart but earns bullet indicating sales growth over last week.

    ETA: Carrie Underwood has both “Jesus, Take The Wheel” & “Temporary Home” charting also.

  • Mtlfan

    oh yay!!! congrats to Kris!! :)
    it’s great it was such a crossover success on Christian charts.
    I hope he wins this :)

  • tripp_ncwy

    Billboard has Kris’ pic up with the other nominees.

    2011 Billboard Music Awards

  • TwigLA

    I’m amazed that I know and like the majority of the songs and albums up for a BB award. Congrats to Kris! This is really shaping up to being a good week for him. I’m pleasantly surprised and happy he’s nominated in any category. That’s quite an honor.

    I still remember a commentator on one of the major morning news shows being up in arms that Kris’ ‘Live Like We’re Dying’ didn’t make the Vatican’s Playlist when Tupac Shakur did. He raged on it for about 5 minutes, played Kris singing, recited the lyrics. My mouth dropped to the floor.

    I really hope he gets to perform on the show. That would be a treat.

  • Elliegrll

    Since it is a live show I assume there will be performances. Perhaps Kris will be invited to perform on the show. Even if he sings LLWD, it is still a tv performance.

    Maybe he can do a mashup of LLWD and a new song. Usually the people who win are the ones who perform, and it’s almost a sure bet that LLWD won in this category. But, with the big names that are nominated in the other groups, they probably won’t air this category. It would be nice if 19 and or Jive could wrangle Kris a spot on the show.

  • gabriel oak

    I’m not sure why Alright with Me hasn’t become more popular. Such a catchy song.

  • J9BT

    Congratulations to Kris for his nomination! I know many people who have commented on the positive message of LLWD – those who consider themselves religious, and those who don’t – so I’m sure the combination of the message and catchiness of the song helped with its success across multiple formats.

    gabriel oak says:
    04/13/2011 at 6:00 pm
    I’m not sure why Alright with Me hasn’t become more popular. Such a catchy song.

    ITA. I was in Orlando last week on vacation and heard AWM playing while eating dinner at Pizzeria Uno. I was really surprised to hear it considering there wasn’t a push to get it played on radio. The song is definitely catchy!

  • hoosiermama

    Wow. Great Kris news twice in one day!! So excited for him. This nomination comes out of the blue, but I’m sure he (and JIVE) are tickled to death. Congrats to the little song that could!

    Elliegrll, why are you so sure that LLWD will win this category? What kind of sales do the other songs have? Didn’t LLWD not break top 20 in the CAC category on mediabase, or is that the wrong measure for this award (besides sales and the digital Christian chart)? I guess I’m a little confused about what criteria will be used to evaluate these songs…

    But, no matter, for now…squeeeeee! And fingers crossed he can perform at the show (would make up for my dwindling hope that he will perform on AI this year).

  • dy77

    I hope that Kris will win and I’ll definitely be rooting for LLWD. This was such great news to hear today, and this has been an awesome week for us Kris fans.

  • sinc

    Congratulations Kris Allen. Seems like a very nice guy.
    Surprised Adam Lambert and Carrie were not nominated.
    Carrie is well respected and has great sales.
    Adam toured globally and had a grammy nom like Carrie.
    I agree that many of the categories have the same names over and over. Boring award night ahead.

  • Eileen99

    I would love a performance of LLWD mashed up w/something else, but alas, not sure if that will happen. Hope so, though.

  • Elliegrll

    Elliegrll, why are you so sure that LLWD will win this category? What kind of sales do the other songs have? Didn’t LLWD not break top 20 in the CAC category on mediabase, or is that the wrong measure for this award (besides sales and the digital Christian chart)? I guess I’m a little confused about what criteria will be used to evaluate these songs…

    The awards are based on airplay, streaming and sales, and while LLWD definitely doesn’t have it tied up in terms of airplay on that format, I’d be surprised if anything comes close to it when it comes to streaming and sales numbers. I don’t remember how many weeks it was at number 1 on that chart, maybe someone can research it and see, but it reached that number on single sales, because it was hardly getting any spins at the time.

    Thinking about it, since its spins were so low it may not be a lock for a win. Maybe we’d have a clearer view if we see how it charted on the BB Christian chart for the year.

  • FaithfulFan

    Congratulations Kris!! Nice to see LLWD getting some recognition for its success on the charts and its sales.

  • Kirsten

    The awards are based on airplay, streaming and sales, and while LLWD definitely doesn’t have it tied up in terms of airplay on that format, I’d be surprised if anything comes close to it when it comes to streaming and sales numbers.

    We don’t know what the eligibility period is. If he was nominated based on the sales/streaming from the beginning of 2010, he could do well. If it is from April 1st (around when his single was peaking), it might not have had enough sales to overcome the airplay component.

  • luly
  • http://MJO judes

    This is great news for Kris. LLWD is a very inspirational song & so fits very well on Christian radio . Looking forward to seeing Kris at teh Christian Music Festival too. This will be a great experience for him. So excited for him.

  • Elliegrll

    We don’t know what the eligibility period is. If he was nominated based on the sales/streaming from the beginning of 2010, he could do well. If it is from April 1st (around when his single was peaking), it might not have had enough sales to overcome the airplay component.

    I just remembered that Christian stations didn’t start to play LLWD until 2010, and it may not have appeared on the chart until a few weeks before it peaked on Pop and HAC.

    The Mercy Me song is listed as the top Christian song of 2010 on Billboard’s site, and LLWD isn’t on the list.

  • girlygirl

    If this award goes off sales, LLWD probably swamps the other songs nominated in that category. I’m pretty sure LLWD also topped one of Billboard’s Christian charts for several weeks — maybe Christian digital songs or something? (I know it didn’t top the main Christian chart)

  • Eileen99

    The Mercy Me song is listed as the top Christian song of 2010 on Billboard’s site, and LLWD isn’t on the list.

    I don’t see it on the year-end Mediabase airplay chart, either, although I know the time period is different and the panel varies a little, too.

    But for an idea of airplay comparison on Mediabase, MercyMe is #2, tobyMac is #3, Chris Tomlin is #6, & Sanctus Real is #16.

    http://pdf.mediabase.com/YearEnd10/YearEnd10.pdf

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Congratulations to Kris! Does this mean that he will be eligible/nominated for a Dove award too?

  • Elliegrll

    Congratulations to Kris! Does this mean that he will be eligible/nominated for a Dove award too?

    I don’t know a lot about those awards, but I doubt it. LLWD isn’t really a Christian song, and Kris isn’t a Christian music artist. As it is, I think many Christian artists. and some other industry insiders who work on that format, have a problem with stations that take spins away from true Christian songs and give them to popular secular songs like LLWD.

  • Elliegrll

    If this award goes off sales, LLWD probably swamps the other songs nominated in that category. I’m pretty sure LLWD also topped one of Billboard’s Christian charts for several weeks — maybe Christian digital songs or something? (I know it didn’t top the main Christian chart)

    This is what I was thinking, but we have to look at the time frame that this covers, as well as the fact that Christian stations didn’t start playing LLWD at the same time that the other formats did.

    Looking at IDF’s archives, LLWD had already sold close to 935,000 copies by February 24th. So, rough estimate, it sold around 665,000 copies during the period of eligibility. Now, the question is was it being played on Christian radio stations for that whole span of time.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Congratulations to Kris! Does this mean that he will be eligible/nominated for a Dove award too?

    Dove Award nominations have already been announced but since lyrically LLWD does not fit the new definition of Gospel Music, it was not eligible.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GMA_Dove_Award

  • Eileen99

    Maybe I missed this in comments, but does this award go to the artist or the songwriters (or both)? If it goes to the songwriter, it would be somewhat amusing if the same people who wrote a big hit (Breakeven) that contains the lyric “just praying to a God that I don’t believe in” would win a Christian song award with another of their songs.

  • tripp_ncwy

    The two big negatives for Kris & LLWD are radio airplay & concert box scores. I don’t see how they determine box scores when one act has a solo tour vs. one that opens for others or has a mixed tour.

  • TwigLA

    Eileen99, it’s Kris and his recording that is nominated. Would you think it’s the songwriters and not the other artists who are nominated for awards too?

  • Elliegrll

    The two big negatives for Kris & LLWD are radio airplay & concert box scores. I don’t see how they determine box scores when one act has a solo tour vs. one that opens for others or has a mixed tour.

    I don’t think they use touring for this category, since they already have categories with who lead the pollstar box office chart.

  • tripp_ncwy

    I don’t think they use touring for this category, since they already have categories with who lead the pollstar box office chart.

    Ok, that makes sense.