The 2018 Billboard Music Awards nominations have officially been announced

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards nominations have officially been announced


Here’s everything you need to know…

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The 2018 Billboard Music Awards nominations are officially in, with the ceremony set to take place this year on Sunday 20th May, with singer Kelly Clarkson set to host the Los Angeles show.

‘To prepare for hosting the Billboard Music Awards, I already have 20 costume changes planned,’ 35-year-old Kelly announced in a press release, confirming the gig. ‘I will be flying in like my girl P!nk, and calling Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman for jokes. Well, or I’m just gonna show up and celebrate my favourite artists and get to know a few more. Yeah, maybe I’ll go with that plan.’

The nominations for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards were also announced this week, with Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars emerging as the front-runners with 15 BBMA nominations apiece.

Here are the 2018 Billboard music awards nominations…

2018 Billboard music awards: Top Artist

Drake

Kendrick Lamar

Bruno Mars

Ed Sheeran

Taylor Swift

2018 Billboard music awards: Top Female Artist

Camila Cabello

Cardi B

Halsey

Demi Lovato

Taylor Swift

2018 Billboard music awards: Top Male Artist

Drake

Kendrick Lamar

Bruno Mars

Post Malone

Ed Sheeran

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2018 Billboard music awards: Top Selling Album

Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

Pink, Beautiful Trauma

Ed Sheeran, Divide

Ed Stapleton, From a Room: Volume 1

Taylor Swift, Reputation

2018 Billboard music awards: Top Hot 100 Song

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, “Despacito (feat. Justin Bieber)”

Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”

Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”

Post Malone, “Rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)”

Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”

2018 Billboard music awards: Top New Artist

21 Savage

Camila Cabello

Cardi B

Khalid

Kodak Black

Taylor Swift

Rex

2018 Billboard music awards: Top Country Song

Kane Brown, “What Ifs (feat. Lauren Alaina)”

Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road”

Dustin Lynch, “Small Town Boy”

Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be”

Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know”

2018 Billboard music awards: Top Duo/Group

The Chainsmokers

Coldplay

Imagine Dragons

Migos

U2

2018 Billboard music awards: Top Billboard 200 Artist

Drake

Kendrick Lamar

Ed Sheeran

Chris Stapleton

Taylor Swift

p!nk

Rex

2018 Billboard music awards: Top Hot 100 Artist

Imagine Dragons

Kendrick Lamar

Bruno Mars

Post Malone

Ed Sheeran

2018 Billboard music awards: Top Streaming Songs Artist

Cardi B

Drake

Kendrick Lamar

Post Malone

Ed Sheeran

2018 Billboard music awards: Top Song Sales Artist

Imagine Dragons

Kendrick Lamar

Bruno Mars

Post Malone

Ed Sheeran

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2018 Billboard music awards: Top Radio Songs Artist

Halsey

Imagine Dragons

Bruno Mars

Charlie Puth

Ed Sheeran

2018 Billboard music awards: Top Social Artist

Justin Bieber

BTS

Ariana Grande

Demi Lovato

Shawn Mendes

2018 Billboard music awards: Billboard Chart Achievement Award

Camila Cabello

Cardi B

Drake

Sam Hunt

Ed Sheeran

Tune in to the awards on 20th May on NBC.

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True Thompson already has more Instagram followers than you 

True Thompson already has more Instagram followers than you 


She’s a week old…

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It was announced last week that Khloé Kardashian had given birth to her first baby with Tristan Thompson, welcoming a baby girl.

Despite giving birth last week, the 33-year-old Keeping Up With The Kardashians star remained out of the spotlight following her daughter’s arrival, only speaking out recently.

After keeping the baby name under wraps, Khloé took to her Instagram to announce to the world that she had named her newborn, ‘True’.

‘Our little girl, True Thompson, has completely stolen our hearts and we are so overwhelmed with LOVE’, Khloé captioned a photo of some pink baby presents and balloons. ‘Such a blessing to welcome this angel into the family! Mommy and Daddy loooooove you True!’

While True understandably hasn’t been able to read the message yet – again, she’s a week old – it doesn’t look like it will be long until she’s an Instagram celebrity in her own right, already having her own profile.

Yes, True Thompson is on Instagram – and she has more followers than you already.

Currently boasting over 170k followers, True has the simple handle, @true. And while there are no uploads as of yet, we’re sure it’s just a matter of time.

We haven’t been this jealous of a tiny tot since we got a look inside North West’s designer wardrobe.

Welcome to Instagram, True.

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Bella Hadid has responded to the claims that she and The Weeknd are back together

Bella Hadid has responded to the claims that she and The Weeknd are back together


And it’s not what anyone expected…

Bella Hadid & The Weeknd at The Met Ball 2016

The whole world was talking about former couple Bella Hadid and The Weeknd earlier this week, after reports emerged that the two were seen kissing all night at a Coachella after-party.

The ex couple split in November 2016 after dating for over a year, with The Weeknd (or Abel Tesfaye) going on to date Selena Gomez until October 2017.

With Selena since rekindling the spark with her ex Justin Bieber, fans got excited this week when it looked like The Weeknd might have done the same – speculating that Bella and The Weeknd might be getting back together.

21-year-old Bella however was quick to quash the rumours, releasing the simple statement to her social media, ‘It wasn’t me.’

‘It was my first break up – and so public,’ Bella explained in a cover interview with Teen Vogue last year. ‘As an outsider, you might think I handled it so well, but it’s always in your heart, and you always feel it very heavily. It’ll be hard for a while. Love hurts, but you pull through.’

She continued: ‘I’ll always respect him, and I’ll always love him. Sometimes you want to be sad about it or handle it differently, but at the end of the day, you never want to burn a bridge that you’ve fought so hard to build.’

Are Bella Hadid and The Weeknd building bridges? We’ll have to wait and see.

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Prince Harry just paid a very sweet tribute to ‘the woman he is about to marry’

Prince Harry just paid a very sweet tribute to ‘the woman he is about to marry’


And we’re jealous.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting married in May

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding date is fast-approaching with the nuptials set to take place on May 19th at St George’s Chapel, in Windsor Castle.

With just over a month to go until the big day, there’s plenty of wedding prep to get done, from organising table settings and flower arrangements to sorting out the bridal party – Prince Harry has reportedly only just selected his brother Prince William as his best man.

But for 33-year-old Prince Harry, there’s no time off to relax before the big day, instead having to prove himself in his new role as the Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.

New in the role, Prince Harry made his first address earlier this week and he couldn’t resist giving a nod to his bride-to-be, 36-year-old Meghan Markle.

‘I am incredibly grateful that the woman I am about to marry, Meghan, will be joining me in this work, of which she too is hugely excited to take part in,’ he announced to the crowd, going on to explain how together they would make the voices of the youth heard.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to undertake tours to Commonwealth countries after they have tied the knot, and it’s safe to say we cannot wait.

‘Meghan is going to be a force,’ a palace source reportedly told PEOPLE of the Suits actress’ effect on her future husband. ‘She will help him really define his role and relate to the public in a way that he wouldn’t have been able to do before. It was worth the wait.’

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What will Meghan Markle’s royal title be after she marries Prince Harry?

What will Meghan Markle’s royal title be after she marries Prince Harry?


And why aren’t the public happy about it?

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The royal wedding is fast approaching, with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set to wed on 19th May at St. George’s Chapel, in Windsor Castle.

With just a month to go until the big day, there’s plenty of wedding prep for the royal family to busy themselves with – everything from finding the perfect Philip Treacy-style fascinator and buying the newlyweds a fitting wedding present to creating a coat of arms for Thomas Markle, Meghan’s father – a traditional royal gift to the father of the bride.

Something that needs particular thought ahead of the big day however is the Queen’s gifts to the royal couple, with the monarch set to give Prince Harry not one but two royal titles as a wedding gift – expected to also bestow a royal title on his bride, Meghan.

But what will Meghan’s royal title be?

Meghan’s post-wedding title has reportedly been decided upon already, but to the dismay of the public it looks like despite technically being a princess of the UK, she won’t be given an actual princess title, most likely being given a Duchess title instead.

There are reports that Prince Harry is likely to be made the Duke of Sussex on his wedding day, in which case Meghan would be made the Duchess of Sussex – much like Kate and Wills’ titles, known officially as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

What will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal titles be?

There is a lot of speculation surrounding potential royal titles for Harry and Meghan but the top choices seem to be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Duke and Duchess of Clarence and Avondale, the Duke and Duchess of Connaught or the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

It looks like we’ll have to wait till May 19th to find out!

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Only David Attenborough could take the piss out of the Queen and get away with it

Only David Attenborough could take the piss out of the Queen and get away with it


‘A sundial… Neatly planted in the shade’

Much like when Batman and Superman teamed up in Justice League, but swap the superheroes for a pair of 90-year-old national treasures. Millions tuned in on Monday night to watch the Queen and David Attenborough star a very special ITV documentary, The Queen’s Green Planet.

The focus of the programme was The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, a royal mission to protect trees all over the Commonwealth. The documentary featured other members of the Royal Family including Prince Harry – who was shown planting trees in the Caribbean – and saw Attenborough and the Queen chat away as they toured the grounds of Buckingham Palace.

The Queen has never given an interview so it’s always interesting to watch her speaking in an informal fashion, and she seemed particularly relaxed with Attenborough, having known him for years. The pair’s rapport was good enough for Attenborough to take the mick out of the Queen’s sundial – planted in the shade.

‘Aha! A sundial neatly planted in the shade!’ Attenborough told the Queen, who laughed to her gardener (off screen) ‘Had we thought that it was planted in the shade? It wasn’t in the shade originally? Maybe we can move it?’ Attenborough replied, ‘Depends if you want to tell the time or not!’

‘This one we won’t look at because it doesn’t seem to be doing very well,’ the Queen told Attenborough at another point, when they walked past a sapling. ‘Somebody sat on it, I think, at the garden party.’

If you didn’t watch the documentary last night, you can catch up with it here.

In the meantime, here’s a few more good stories about the Queen…

When she avoided a conversation by hiding behind a bush

The Queen

Taking her dogs for a walk in 1978, apparently the Queen decided hiding behind a bush would be preferable to speaking to Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu, who was on a state visit at the time.

We’ve all done it, but with ex-boyfriends and that annoying couple from our NCT class rather than state leaders.

When she made her acting debut with Bond

‘It was a bit of a laugh’ said the Queen about the Olympic Opening Ceremony stunt which saw her march through Buckingham Palace with Daniel Craig before a ‘parachuting’ out of a helicopter into the stadium like a boss.

When she told off Silvio Berlusconi for being noisy

In 2009, when the Queen gathered with G20 leaders for a group photo, Italian PM Silvio Berlusoni shouted ‘Mr Obama!’ at the president. ‘What is it? Why does he have to shout?’ replied the Queen, which prompted an outbreak of laughter. Get back in your box, Silvio.

When she made her point with Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi

According to a memoir by former Saudi ambassador Sherard Cowper-Coles, when the Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia was invited up to Balmoral for lunch with the Queen, she asked him if he’d like a tour of the estate. When a string of Landrovers pulled up outside the house the Prince was instructed to climb into the front seat of the first one, where he found the Queen (and not a chauffeur) was sitting in the driving seat. At the time women were not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia so this was (probably) the first time he had ever been driven by a woman. When the Queen, chatting away, then accelerated speedily along the road he asked her (via his interpreter) to slow down. We really hope that made her accelerate even faster…

When she stayed (relatively) cool when a man broke into her bedroom

In 1982 a man called Michael Fagan drunkenly scaled the wall of Buckingham palace and broke into the Queen’s bedroom while she was asleep. When he pulled back the curtain of her bed she woke up and said, pretty calmly considering the circumstances, ‘what are you doing here?’ before exiting the room. ‘Her nightie was one of those Liberty prints and it was down to her knees’ Fagan later told an interviewer. An unarmed footman was eventually called, who took Fagan across the hallway and gave him a whisky while he was waiting for the police to fetch him. We’re not sure the reception would be quite so chilled out if he had broken into the White House…

When she responded to the EU Referendum with sarcasm

Supposedly during a meeting with Sinn Fein chief Martin McGuinness on a two day trip to Northern Ireland in the wake of the Brexit result, she responded to his ‘Good evening, are you well?’ with ‘Thank you very much. Well, I’m still alive, anyway.’ She continued to explain ‘We’ve been quite busy – there’s been quite a lot going on’. When he sympathised – assuming she meant Brexit – the Queen replied, ‘I’ve had two birthdays, so we’ve been quite busy’.

When she joked about her outfit at the Coronation 

Her elaborate robes were so heavy that when she reached Westminster Abbey she turned to the Archbishop of Canterbury and asked him to give her a push to ‘get me started.’

When she asked Tracey Emin this question

At an exhibition in Kent she said to famous YBA Emin, ‘do you show internationally as well as Margate?’ We wonder if they then went on to discuss Emin’s famous work ‘All The People I Have Ever Slept With’

When she showed she’s a (slightly crazy) dog lover 

According to former royal chef Darren McGrady, the Queen’s army of corgis are fed on (among other things) steak, poached chicken and rabbit and her morning breakfast tray also features a plate of dog biscuits. She also once demoted a footman because he poured whisky into the corgis’ water bowl.

When people mistook her for a common lady shocker 

The artist Juliet Pannett – who painted the Queen – said HRH told her a story about a time she was having tea at Sandringham and they’d run of cake, so she nipped out to the local shop to buy some. As she was walking through the shop door in her headscarf an elderly lady said ‘Good heavens, you look just like the Queen’, to which she replied ‘how reassuring’ and carried on into the shop.

When she gave this line to some American tourists

The Queen was on a walk near Balmoral – again in her headscarf – when a group of American tourists stopped her and said, ‘have you met the Queen?’ The Queen turned to her royal protection officer and said ‘I’ve never met the Queen… but this policeman has.’

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Here’s why Meghan Markle chose to wear a sheer dress in her engagement photos

Here’s why Meghan Markle chose to wear a sheer dress in her engagement photos


According to Alexi Lubomirski…

Announcing their engagement last year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to wed next month on May 19th at St. George’s Chapel, in Windsor castle.

With a month to go until the big day, wedding updates are still coming in thick and fast, from who is in charge of the flowers to Prince Harry’s best man – according to reports, he has only just asked his brother, William.

Just last week, the royal couple announced their latest update confirming their official wedding photographer as Alexi Lubomirski, the same photographer behind their iconic engagement portraits.

‘Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have selected Alexi Lubomirski to take the official photographs at Windsor Castle following their wedding at St George’s Chapel on 19th May,’ Kensington Palace announced on Twitter.

The now iconic photographer has spoken out about his experience taking the engagement portraits recently, even going on to talk about THAT dress – the £56,000 Ralph & Russo sheer number that surprised the public, breaking royal protocol.

‘[I was] very shocked with the reaction,’ the photographer explained to Entertainment Tonight at The Daily Front Row Fashion Awards over the weekend. ‘To be honest, we tried on a couple of different things and that was just one that she felt comfortable in, so we weren’t really thinking, “Is it nude?” Or anything. We just thought, “Feel comfortable and let’s make some nice pictures”’

‘It was a very surreal end to the year because it came out of nowhere,’ he explained in an earlier interview. ‘I think one of Megan’s friends saw on Instagram that I was in England during the announcement of the engagement and I was told later that this person said to her, “You should meet Alexi. He’s great, you’d love him” and that was it.’

Going on to explain the shoot, he stated: ‘It was one of the easiest, most joyful jobs because they were so deliciously in love,’ with the photographer even going on to recall that all he had to do was to tell the couple to be themselves.

Judging by Alexi’s official photos, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding photos are set to be the most millennial to date – and we cannot wait.

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Zayn Malik just confirmed that his latest song lyrics are about Gigi Hadid

Zayn Malik just confirmed that his latest song lyrics are about Gigi Hadid


‘I was aspiring to be in love with someone for the rest of my life’

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Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik broke the hearts of Zigi fans across the world last month, confirming their breakup after two and a half years of dating.

While the couple broke the news with social media announcements, Zayn had yet to properly speak out about the split, until now, opening up about the situation during a phone interview with On Air With Ryan Seacrest.

When asked about his new single, Let Me, featuring some pretty emotional lyrics, the topic of where the inspiration came from emerged, and the 25-year-old took the opportunity to get very real and open up about Gigi Hadid.

‘I was in love, and I think that’s pretty evident,’ he explained. ‘I was aspiring to be in love with someone for the rest of my life and the rest of theirs, as we all do. Things change and we move forward in life. Times change, but that’s what I was thinking when I wrote it.’

He continued: ‘We go through experiences so we have memories and stories and things to write down and contemplate and think about. You get to really put your experience into something. It should be remembered forever.’

Announcing the break up in a Tweet last month, Zayn explained at the time: ‘Gigi and I had an incredibly meaningful, loving and fun relationship and I have a huge amount of respect and adoration for Gigi as a woman and a friend.’

He continued: ‘She has such an incredible soul. I’m grateful to all of our fans for respecting this difficult decision and our privacy at this time, we wish this news could have come from us first. We love you all.’

There’s no word yet as to why Gigi and Zayn have split but there’s clearly no hard feelings as they have shown with quite possibly the most amicable breakup announcements  and statements since ever.

We’re thinking of these two!

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Khloé Kardashian’s choice of baby name is dividing opinion

Khloé Kardashian’s choice of baby name is dividing opinion


Truly.

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It was announced last week that Khloe Kardashian had given birth to her first baby with Tristan Thompson, welcoming a baby girl.

Despite giving birth last week however, the 33-year-old Keeping Up With The Kardashians star kept the baby name under wraps until today, announcing to the world via social media that she has called her newborn, ‘True’.

‘Our little girl, True Thompson, has completely stolen our hearts and we are so overwhelmed with LOVE’, Khloé captioned a photo of some pink baby presents and balloons. ‘Such a blessing to welcome this angel into the family! Mommy and Daddy loooooove you True!’

The internet however wasn’t impressed with the name choice, with some taking issue with the name ‘True’ and others taking issue with the fact that she had given her baby Tristan’s surname – considering the cheating allegations.

While welcoming a baby is a happy life milestone, Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson have found themselves at the centre of some nasty ‘cheating’ speculation this week, with video footage appearing to show the NBA player getting pretty close to a number of different women.

‘Did Khloe Kardashian really just name her child True Thompson?’ posted one Twitter user @gabbieclough. ‘Idk if I’m more disappointed in the first or last name.’

‘Khloe Kardashian has named her baby True Thompson. I prefer Karma tbh,’ tweeted Rosina Dosani.

Tristan as well the Kardashian family is said to have been present at the birth, which took place at a hospital outside Cleveland.

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s secret wedding had the best guest list ever

Gwyneth Paltrow’s secret wedding had the best guest list ever


Name a classic rom-com actress who wasn’t there…

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After announcing their engagement last year, it looks like Gwyneth Paltrow and her fiancé Brad Falchuck have tied the knot, with reports emerging that the couple wed in a secret ceremony in LA.

Following her A-list hen party in Mexico this month, the couple hired the Los Angeles Theatre for the night this weekend and held a black tie party – supposedly an engagement bash before their Hamptons wedding later this year.

💍

A post shared by Gwyneth Paltrow (@gwynethpaltrow) on Jan 8, 2018 at 8:59am PST

However, as guests entered the Los Angeles Theatre, reports emerged that the ‘engagement party’ was actually a secret wedding – especially after Gwyn’s celeb mum Blythe Danner was spotted entering the venue with a Monique Lhuillier bridal dress bag.

Happy birthday, mama ❤

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But it wasn’t the venue or Gwyneth’s stunning dress that had everyone talking – it was an oxblood one-shoulder Giambattista Valli gown by the way – instead it was the star-studded guest list.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all especially @bradfalchuk ❤

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Gwyneth and Brad invited 400 of their closest friends to the engagement-turned-secret-wedding bash, and in terms of A-list attendees, it looks like they’ve even given Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a run for their money.

Guests included Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Demi Moore, Kate Hudson, Liv Tyler and Chelsea Handler. Even US filmmaker Steven Spielberg and his wife made an appearance.

Sunday brunch #modernfamily

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One person who was notably absent from the festivities was Chris Martin – ex-husband to Gwyneth and co-parent to their two children – Apple and Moses – but given the nature of the event, it makes sense.

Congratulations to Gwyneth and Brad!

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