Billboard Music Awards 2018: Kendrick Lamar Among Early Winners

The hip-hop star notches six awards, including Top Streaming Song Artist, Top Rap Artist and Top Male Rap Artist.

AceShowbiz - Kendrick Lamar is already a big winner at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, after picking up six prizes during the pre-ceremony hand-outs.

Several honours were announced on Sunday, May 20, hours before Kelly Clarkson stepped onstage to host the prizegiving in Las Vegas - and Kendrick, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, and Imagine Dragons became the early leaders.

The rapper's haul included awards for Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Rap Artist, while Bruno landed five early honours, including Top R&B Artist, Album and Song.

Ed Sheeran and Imagine Dragons picked up four awards apiece.

Going into Sunday, Sheeran, Mars and Lamar were tied for the most Billboard Music Awards nominations with 15 each, followed by Post Malone with 13 and Imagine Dragons with 11.

The full list of early awards is:

Top Billboard 200 Artist:


Top Hot 100 Artist:

Ed Sheeran

Top Streaming Songs Artist:

Kendrick Lamar

Top Song Sales Artist:

Ed Sheeran

Top Radio Songs Artist:

Ed Sheeran

Top Touring Artist:


Top R&B Artist:

Bruno Mars

Top R&B Male Artist:

Bruno Mars

Top R&B Female Artist:


Top R&B Tour:

Bruno Mars

Top Rap Artist:

Kendrick Lamar

Top Rap Male Artist:

Kendrick Lamar

Top Rap Female Artist:

Cardi B

Top Rap Tour:


Top Country Artist:

Chris Stapleton

Top Country Male Artist:

Chris Stapleton

Top Country Female Artist:

Maren Morris

Top Country Duo/Group Artist:

Florida Georgia Line

Top Country Tour:

Luke Bryan

Top Rock Artist:

Imagine Dragons

Top Rock Tour:


Top Latin Artist:


Top Christian Artist:


Top Gospel Artist:

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Top Billboard 200 Album:

Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

Top Soundtrack:


Top R&B Album:

Bruno Mars - 24K Magic

Top Rap Album:

Kendrick Lamar

Top Country Album:

Chris Stapleton - From A Room: Volume 1

Top Rock Album:

Imagine Dragons - Evolve

Top Latin Album:

Ozuna - Odisea

Top Dance/Electronic Album:

The Chainsmokers - Memories... Do Not Open

Top Christian Album:

Alan Jackson - Precious Memories Collection

Top Gospel Album:

Tasha Cobbs Leonard - Heart. Passion. Pursuit

Top Streaming Song (Audio):

Kendrick Lamar - Humble.

Top Streaming Song (Video):

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber - Despacito

Top Selling Song:

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber - Despacito

Top Radio Song:

Ed Sheeran - Shape of You

Top R&B Song:

Bruno Mars - That's What I Like

Top Rock Song:

Imagine Dragons - Believer

Top Latin Song:

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber - Despacito

Top Dance/Electronic Song:

The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This

Top Christian Song:

Hillsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name

Top Gospel Song:

J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise - You Deserve It

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