Swift rules Billboard Music Awards

Published Monday, 20 May 2013
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Taylor Swift ruled the 2013 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, taking home eight top honours, including the prestigious Artist of the Year.

Swift rules Billboard Music Awards

Swift, fun. and Maroon 5 all led the way heading into the Las Vegas ceremony with 11 nods each, but it quickly became clear that the night belonged to the blonde star as she dominated the prizegiving from the offset.

She entered the MGM Grand Garden Arena a six-time winner from the pre-show announcements alone, claiming accolades such as Top Country Artist, Top Country Album for Red and Top Country Song for We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, while she beat Adele, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Carly Rae Jepsen to be named Top Female Artist.

The singer added a further two trophies to her impressive haul during the big event itself, hosted by Tracy Morgan, but she wasn't the only one celebrating - Justin Bieber was another main Billboard honouree.

The Baby hitmaker fought off competition from Drake, Bruno Mars, Flo Rida and Jason Aldean to claim the Top Male Artist award, in addition to the Top Social Artist title and the inaugural Milestone Award, which was voted for by fans.

Other multiple winners included Rihanna, Gotye, One Direction and late Latin singer Jenni Rivera, while Madonna was feted as the Top Touring Artist.

Accepting her honour for her MDNA world tour, the Material Girl said: "They say that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it took several international villages to put my show together and I would be here all night if I was to specifically thank all the people who were there to walk through the fire with me."

Thanking her fans, she added: "Without you I wouldn't have a show to do and a showgirl needs her fans so thank you for supporting me for three decades. Without you, I truly wouldn't be here."

Music highlights on the night came from the likes of Swift, Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, while Pitbull doubled up for two sexy performances - first teaming up with a slimmed-down Christina Aguilera for Feel This Moment, with A-ha's very own Morten Harket as their special guest, and then joining Jennifer Lopez for an energetic rendition of Live It Up.

Bieber also hit the stage twice, much to the delight of his fans, performing his solo hit Take You and showing off a robotic dance routine with will.i.am for ThatPower.

Prince, the 2013 recipient of the Icon Award, closed the show in style, rocking out with a medley of his hits, including a slowed-down version of his classic Let's Go Crazy to bring the curtain down on a night of celebrations.


The full list of winners:

Artist of the Year - Taylor Swift

Top New Artist - One Direction

Top Male Artist - Justin Bieber

Top Female Artist - Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group - One Direction

Top Billboard 200 Artist - Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist - Maroon 5

Top Digital Songs Artist - Taylor Swift

Top Radio Songs Artist - Rihanna

Top Social Artist - Justin Bieber

Top Pop Artist - One Direction

Top R&B Artist - Rihanna

Top Rap Artist - Nicki Minaj

Top Country Artist - Taylor Swift

Top Rock Artist - fun.

Top Dance Artist - Madonna

Top Touring Artist - Madonna

Top Billboard 200 Album - Red by Taylor Swift

Top Pop Album - 21 by Adele

Top R&B Album - Unapologetic by Rihanna

Top Rap Album - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded by Nicki Minaj

Top Country Album - Red by Taylor Swift

Top Rock Album - Babel by Mumford & Sons

Top Dance Album - MDNA by Madonna

Top Hot 100 Song - Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra

Top Radio Song - Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra

Icon Award - Prince.

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