AC/DC have been named as a finalist for “Top Rock Album” as part of the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.
The Australian band’s latest record, “Rock Or Bust”, will compete in the category alongside projects by The Black Keys (“Turn Blue”), Coldplay (“Ghost Stories”), Lorde (“Pure Heroine”) and Hozier’s self-titled release.
The pop- and rap-friendly annual event organized by the music industry magazine is notorious for ignoring rockers – even within the “rock” category. Recent “Top Rock Album” winners have included pop artists like fun and Coldplay over actual rock acts like Foo Fighters and Green Day.
Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social-media interactions.
The 2015 awards are based on the reporting period of March 10, 2014 through March 8, 2015.
The Billboard Music Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 17 from 8-11 p.m. ET on ABC.
AC/DC will launch their 2015 live dates when they headline the 2015 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on Friday April 10 and Friday April 17; the band will then kick off a European tour May 5 in Arnhem, Netherlands.
AC/DC will begin a late summer/early fall tour of North America August 22 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
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