Finalists were revealed Tuesday (April 7), starting with the first five categories announced by returning BBMA host Ludacris and Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz on ABC's Good Morning America. Then Luda's first-time co-host Chrissy Teigen andEmpire star Jussie Smollett unveiled the remaining finalists during a Twitter press conference and Q&A.
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Following Swift -- who racked up 14 entries in 13 categories -- is Sam Smith (13),Iggy Azalea (12) and Meghan Trainor (nine). Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social-media interactions -- measurements that are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 10, 2014, through March 8, 2015.