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Tool, Twenty One Pilots, Metallica among rock nominees for 2020 'Billboard' Music Awards


Tool, Twenty One Pilots and Metallica are among the nominees in the rock categories for the 2020 Billboard Music Awards.

The Top Rock Artists nominees include Tool, Twenty One Pilots, Imagine Dragons, Tame Impala and Panic! at the Disco. Tool’s comeback album, Fear Inoculum, will compete for the Top Rock Album title, along with Slipknot‘s We Are Not Your Kind, Vampire Weekend‘s Father of the Bride, The LumineersIII and Tame Impala’s The Slow Rush.

The Top Rock Song category includes two Twenty One Pilots songs — “Chlorine” and “The Hype” — plus “Bad Liar” by Imagine Dragons, “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” by Panic! and “I Think I’m OKAY” by Machine Gun Kelly, Yungblud and Travis Barker.

Metallica will take on The Rolling Stones and Elton John for the Top Rock Tour title. All three acts are also nominated in the all-genre Top Touring Artist category.

Meanwhile, alternative star Billie Eilish racked up a total of 12 nominations, including Top Artist, Top New Artist and Top Billboard 200 Artist. Post Malone leads all nominees, with a total of 16 nods.

Other nominees include Panic! for Top Duo/Group, and the soundtrack to the Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt for Top Soundtrack.

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards will air live on October 14 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The nominations are based on the Billboard chart period running from March 23, 2019 through March 14, 2020. That’s because the awards were originally scheduled to take place on April 29, but were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the full list of nominees, visit Billboard.com.

By Josh Johnson and Andrea Dresdale
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