The Someone Like You hitmaker leads the nominations with her huge haul which includes Top Artist, Top Female Artist and Top Billboard 200 Artist while her single Rolling In The Deep is a contender in seven song categories.
LMFAO received 17 nominations, while Rihanna - who was nominated in 18 categories last year - made the shortlist for 13 awards.
Lady GaGa and Lil Wayne both received nods in 10 different categories and each will compete against Adele, Rihanna and Katy Perry for the prestigious Top Artist prize.
Nominees for the Top New Artist gong include Bad Meets Evil, Big Sean, Foster The People, Scotty McCreery and Wiz Khalifa.
The awards - which features many additional categories - celebrate artists who have appeared in the Billboard charts between the end of February 2011 and March this year, with winners determined by album, single and digital sales, touring, streaming and data from social websites such as Facebook and Myspace.
The Billboard Music Awards will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 20.
2012 Billboard Music Awards nominees:
Top Artist: Adele Lady Gaga Lil Wayne Katy Perry Rihanna Top New Artist: Bad Meets Evil Big Sean Foster The People Scotty McCreery Wiz Khalifa Top Male Artist: Justin Bieber Chris Brown Drake Lil Wayne Bruno Mars
Top Female Artist: Adele Lady Gaga Nicki Minaj Katy Perry Rihanna Top Duo/Group: The Black Eyed Peas Coldplay Lady Antebellum LMFAO Maroon 5 Top Billboard 200 Artist: Adele Justin Bieber Michael Buble Lady Gaga Lil Wayne Top Hot 100 Artist: Adele LMFAO Bruno Mars Katy Perry Rihanna Top Digital Songs Artist: Adele LMFAO Bruno Mars Katy Perry Rihanna Top Radio Songs Artist: Adele Katy Perry Bruno Mars Nicki Minaj Rihanna Top Touring Artist: Bon Jovi Taylor Swift Take That U2 Roger Waters Top Social Artist: Justin Bieber Eminem Lady Gaga Rihanna Shakira Top Streaming Artist: Lil Wayne LMFAO Nicki Minaj Bruno Mars Rihanna Top Digital Media Artist: Adele Justin Bieber Lady Gaga Lil Wayne Rihanna Top Pop Artist: Adele Lady Gaga LMFAO Katy Perry Rihanna Top R&B Artist: Beyonce Chris Brown Cee Lo Green Miguel Rihanna Top Rap Artist: Drake Lil Wayne LMFAO Nicki Minaj Wiz Khalifa Top Country Artist: Jason Aldean Zac Brown Band Lady Antebellum Blake Shelton Taylor Swift Top Rock Artist: The Black Keys Coldplay Foster The People Foo Fighters Mumford & Sons Top Alternative Artist: The Black Keys Coldplay Foster The People Foo Fighters Mumford & Sons Top Latin Artist: Mana Pitbull Prince Royce Romeo Santos Shakira Top Dance Artist: David Guetta Lady Gaga LMFAO Rihanna Britney Spears Top Christian Artist: Casting Crowns MercyMe Skillet Laura Story Chris Tomlin
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