Robin Thicke, Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Beyonce
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Billboard announced the full list of finalists for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards today (April 9), and as a special bonus now you can check out some of them in a fun new way: as animated GIFs. Below, have a look at the contenders for Top Female Artist and Top Male Artist.

BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS 2014 TOP FEMALE ARTIST

Want to see a whole lot more categories of this year's BBMA finalists remimagined as animated GIFs? Head over to BillboardMusicAwards.com to see more!
 
As reported earlier today, Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are among the artists that lead the way as BBMA finalists in the highest number of categories. Imagine Dragons and Lorde were each named in 12 of the 40 award categories while Timberlake, Perry and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis followed with 11, 10 and eight categories, respectively.

Complete List of 2014 Billboard Music Awards Finalists
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The Billboard Music Awards will heat up Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 18 live on ABC at 8|7c.

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