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Exclusive: What Billboard Finalist Jussie Smollett Says Stayed “On Lock”



Empire star Jussie Smollett took the stage at the LA Twitter offices alongside Chrissy Teigen on Tuesday morning to announce the finalists for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.

HipHollywood caught up with Smollett following the live feed to talk about a slew of topics, including what Billboard nominee he enjoyed the most this year. “J. Cole’s album stayed for the past couple of months on lock. Constantly on repeat,” Smollett told HipHollywood when asked what he has been jamming out to lately.

Jussie also revealed that Kendrick Lamar’s latest album is also in heavy rotation.

J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive was nominated for Top Rap Album, along with Drake’s If You’re Rading This It’s Too Late, Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint, Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic and Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Cole also garnered a nod for Top Rap Artist.

During the announcements, Chrissy Teigen, who will be hosting this year’s awards show, was thrilled to announce her husband, John Legend as a nominee of five categories, including Top Radio Song Artist and Top R&B Artist.

The Billboard Music Awards are set to air on May 17 at ABC at 8 p.m.

Click for a list of all the nominees.

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