You might think that being one of the top-selling musical artists of the year would be reward enough. But you’d be wrong ― according to Billboard.

The Billboard Music Awards are going down on May 19, and today we caught a glimpse at the finalists. Remember, these awards aren’t exactly based on artistic merit ― they measure an artist’s success based on store and digital sales, touring, fans on social media, and so on. You might think the millions of dollars resulting from these things is kind of its own reward, but no ― apparently they also need a trophy.

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It’s pretty to guess who might be a Billboard Music Award recipient ― basically, it’s the stars you heard about non-stop over the past year. Yep, that’s Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, and One Direction in the Top Artist category. Any big surprises there? Didn’t think so.

Both Taylor and Rihanna have previously won this award, so think it might be someone else who nabs it this year? 1D? M5? JB?

Maroon 5 actually has two entries in the Top 100 Song category, “One More Night” and “Payphone.” Adam Levine and the gang will compete against Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” and fun.’s “We Are Young,” plus the lone female, Carly Rae Jepsen and a little ditty called “Call Me Maybe.” Yes, because apparently the fact that these songs have all been played to death isn’t quite enough to let them rest in peace. Billboard must dig them up for one final scare.

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Also pulling double-duty in a category ― One Direction has two albums in the Top Billboard 200 Album category, with Adele still managing to sneak in there despite the fact that 21 came out approximately four million years ago.

Here are a handful of the top categories, and you can find even more categories (seriously, a lot more) over at Billboard!

BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARD NOMINEES 2013

Top Artist:
Justin Bieber
Maroon 5
One Direction
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Song:
“Some Nights,” Fun.
“Somebody That I Used To Know,” Gotye feat. Kimbra
“Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen
“One More Night,” Maroon 5
“Payphone,” Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa

Top Billboard 200 Album:
21, Adele
Babel, Mumford & Sons
Take Me Home, One Direction
Up All Night, One Direction
Red, Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group:
Coldplay
Fun.
Maroon 5
Mumford & Sons
One Direction

Top New Artist:
Gotye
Carly Rae Jepsen
The Lumineers
One Direction
PSY

Top Male Artist:
Jason Aldean
Justin Bieber
Drake
Flo Rida
Bruno Mars

Top Female Artist:
Adele
Carly Rae Jepsen
Nicki Minaj
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top 100 Artist:
Flo Rida
Fun.
Maroon 5
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Adele
Justin Bieber
Mumford & Sons
One Direction
Taylor Swift

Top Digital Songs:
Flo Rida
Fun.
Carly Rae Jepsen
Maroon 5
Taylor Swift

Who do you think the artist of the year was?

Do you think the Billboard Music Awards are even necessary?

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