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Country Artists Infiltrate All-Genre Categories at 2014 "Billboard" Music Awards

Image courtesy of ABC/Dick Clark Productions (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of ABC/Dick Clark Productions (via ABC News Radio)

Even though there are only three exclusively country categories at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, country artists are extraordinarily well-represented in the all-genre nominations.

Luke Bryan takes on Beyonce , among others, in two categories:  Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album.  He also squares off with the likes of Justin Timberlake for Top Male Artist. Luke does get some country competition for the fan-voted Milestone Award, as he and Carrie Underwood go up against Ellie Goulding , Imagine Dragons , John Legend and OneRepublic .

Taylor Swift grabs a nod for Top Social Artist, while Alan Jackson even vies for Top Christian Album, thanks to the second volume of his Precious Memories recordings. Top Duo/Group nominee Florida Georgia Line will take the stage, in addition to performances from Luke Bryan and a duet from Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert .

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards air live from Las Vegas Sunday night at 8 EST on ABC.

Here are the nominees in the country categories:

Top Country Artist

Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Darius Rucker
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Top Country Album

Garth Brooks, Blame It All On My Roots
Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
Florida Georgia Line, Here's To The Good Times
The Robertsons, Duck The Halls:  A Robertson Family Christmas
Blake Shelton , Based On A True Story

Top Country Song

Luke Bryan, "Crash My Party"
Luke Bryan, "That's My Kind Of Night"
Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nelly, "Cruise"
Darius Rucker, "Wagon Wheel"
Blake Shelton Featuring Pistol Annies & Friends, "Boys 'Round Here"


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