The 2022 Billboard Music Awards take place on May 15 and recognize the greatest business achievements in music as measured by the Billboard charts from April 10, 2021 through March 26, 2022. This year, the rock realm has an interesting lineup of nominees who are looking to pick up BBMA. We’ll take a look.
Best Rock Artist
This one will be between glass animals and Machine Gun Kelly, most likely. Glass Animals’ edge is the success of their single “Heat Waves,” which has been on the Billboard Hot 100 for over a year and was even bigger in 2022, eventually hitting number one and staying there for five weeks. Pair that with their number one placement on Billboard’s Year-End Artist Chart for rock, which makes it a solid precursor. However, Machine Gun Kelly has released a new album, “Mainstream Sellout”, and has been active throughout 2022, which is most likely upsetting him. Still, Glass Animals has the edge for this one.
best rock album
This category is interesting considering the highest ranked album among these nominees on Billboard’s Year-End Rock Albums Chart was at number-37 (RDA“OK Orchestra”). Most of the albums above are older recordings (Queen“Greatest Hits” is number one), showing how little people are consuming new rock albums, at least for a year. The AJR, as such, has a good chance of winning this category. However, I would say that the first five successes of imagine DragonsThe single “Enemy” could really help their album “Mercury – Act I” gain traction. I’m actually going to place a wild bet and go for Imagine Dragons here, but it’s going to be a tough ride.
Best Rock Song
I feel good predicting manna skin‘s “Beggin'” here. It was the category’s biggest hit both on rock radio and in general, also moving to pop radio. anxiety“Meet Me At Our Spot” picked up a lot of steam late in the year, but “Beggin'” is probably the biggest hit here and had enough time to pick up the points needed to win.
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