All the Pop Culture 2022 Billboard Music Award Nominations

The 2022 Billboard Music Award nominations are here! For fans of pop culture, we all know music is an integral part of all the media we consume. We collect music memorabilia, praise OSTs for our favorite films and television, and listen to soundtracks to evoke the nostalgia of a favorite scene. Whether it’s an orchestral swell or a trap beat, it’s meaningful. And so the BBMAs are certainly on our radar.

Of course, BTS is highest on our radar. The 21st-century pop icons swept the Best Pop Group/Duo category with seven nods — and the importance of that number isn’t lost on us, either. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Below, check out the list of all the geeky and pop culture-related nominations for this year’s BBMAs.


BTS was nominated in six categories, with two nominations for Top Selling Song. This brings their total nods to seven, a highly significant number for BTS considering they are a group made of seven members. The BBMAs categories for which BTS could potentially win include:

  • Top Duo/Group
  • Top Song Sales Artist
  • Top Billboard Global (Excl. U.S.) Artist
  • Top Selling Song for “Butter” and “Permission to Dance”
  • Top Billboard Global (Excl. U.S.) Song for “Butter”
  • Top Rock Song for the Coldplay X BTS collab “My Universe”

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones’ No Filter Tour has been nominated for Top Tour as well as Top Rock Tour. After being postponed in 2019, the European/North American concert tour was met with endless enthusiasm by fans of these rock legends. The No Filter Tour concluded on November 23, 2021, at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida.

The Weeknd

The Weeknd is a finalist in an impressive 17 categories. As you may know, The Weekend performed the hit song “Pray For Me.” Among many other hip-hop and R&B tracks, “Pray For Me” was part of the Black Panther soundtrack created by Kendrick Lamar for the groundbreaking 2018 Marvel movie.


Similarly, SZA is in the running in four categories: Top R&B Female Artist, Top Hot 100 Song, Top Collaboration, and Top Viral Song. SZA contributed to Black Panther with her track “All the Stars” (music video pictured above).


Netflix’s Arcane: League of Legends is an adult animated action-adventure series. It follows the origins of two highly popular characters from the video game League of Legends. Arcane’s soundtrack has been nominated for Top Soundtrack.


Uh-oh, there’s some competition for animation fans! Disney’s Encanto is also up for Top Soundtrack. The album contains eight original songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, best known for his award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton.

tick, tick…BOOM!

Finally, the musical film tick, tick…BOOM! is also nominated for Top Soundtrack. The movie, based on the autobiographical musical by playwright Jonathan Larson, stars Andrew Garfield. Marvel fans will recognize Andrew Garfield as the Amazing Spider-Man. Who knew Peter Parker was a photographer and a singer?


C418’s Volume Alpha album was nominated for Best Electronic Album. Volume Alpha is filled with ambient electronic compositions designed for the sandbox video game Minecraft. Interestingly, C418 — German sound engineer Daniel Rosenfeld’s stage name — also produced themes for Beyond and Stranger Things.

The Billboard Music Awards will be broadcast live on May 15, where the 2022 winners will be announced. So who are you rooting for? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to Let Your Geek Sideshow!