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2014 Billboard Music Awards: Michael Jackson hologram makes an appearance

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Justin Timberlake took home the most trophies overall during the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night. This included the final one presented during the live broadcast from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Top Artist. Timberlake wanted to thank everyone in the world during his acceptance speech except Donald Sterling.

Vegas natives Imagine Dragons were welcomed home by receiving the first award of the night, Top Rock Album for “Night Visions.” Lorde received hers for Top Rock Song and Top New Artist. Jennifer Lopez or JLo became the first female to be honored with Billboard’s Icon Award. She opened the show with the official song to the upcoming World Cup in Brazil, and then closed it out with the debut of her latest single release.

In celebration of Michael Jackson’s newly released album “Xscape” and the fifth year anniversary of his death, a striking hologram of MJ was presented to viewers. It was remarkably life-like you’d think this was just another impersonator. This image was not anything like the one of Elvis during an “American Idol” appearance or Tupac Shakur at the Coachella Music Festival. It truly was state-of-the-art at its best. Some on social media were mostly creeped out by the effect, perhaps being too real.

Other memorable performances came from artists on tour in the UK who was live in concert during the BBMAs. Katy Perry was back to her original quirky and colorful self with a performance of her latest, “Birthday.” This had a carnival atmosphere filled with neon lights. Perry was high above the crowd on a trapeze filled with balloons. Miley Cyrus went retro with a Beatles classic “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” performing with Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne.

The BBMAs traditionally honor artists with the highest amount of airplay on radio, record and album sales, and chart placement on their coveted music charts. Here’s a complete list of winners from the broadcast (and non-broadcast).

Top Artist

Justin Timberlake

Top New Artist


Top Male Artist

Justin Timberlake

Top Female Artist

Katy Perry

Top Duo/Group

Imagine Dragons

Top Billboard 200 Artist

Justin Timberlake

Top Hot 100 Artist

Imagine Dragons

Top Digital Songs Artist

Katy Perry

Top Radio Songs Artist

Justin Timberlake

Top Touring Artist

Bon Jovi

Top Social Artist

Justin Bieber

Top Streaming Artist

Miley Cyrus

Top R&B Artist

Justin Timberlake

Top Rap Artist


Top Country Artist

Luke Bryan

Top Rock Artist

Imagine Dragons

Top Latin Artist

Marc Anthony

Top Dance/Electronic Artist

Daft Punk

Top Christian Artist

Chris Tomlin


Top Billboard 200 Album

Justin Timberlake, "The 20/20 Experience"

Top R&B Album

Justin Timberlake, "The 20/20 Experience"

Top Rap Album

Eminem, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2"

Top Country Album

Luke Bryan, "Crash My Party"

Top Rock Album

Imagine Dragons, "Night Visions"

Top Latin Album

Marc Anthony, "3.0"

Top Dance/Electronic Album

Daft Punk, "Random Access Memories"

Top Christian Album

Alan Jackson, "Precious Memories: Volume II"


Top Hot 100 Song

Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell, "Blurred Lines"

Top Digital Song

Robin Thicke, Featuring T.I. & Pharrell "Blurred Lines"

Top Radio Song

Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell, "Blurred Lines"

Top Streaming Song (Audio)

Imagine Dragons, "Radioactive"

Top Streaming Song (Video)

Miley Cyrus "Wrecking Ball"

Top R&B Song

Robin Thicke Feat. T.I. & Pharrell, "Blurred Lines"

Top Rap Song

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Ray Dalton, "Can't Hold Us"

Top Country Song

Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nelly, "Cruise"

Top Rock Song

Lorde, "Royals"

Top Latin Song

Marc Anthony "Vivir Mi Vida"

Top Dance/Electronic Song

Avicii "Wake Me Up!"

Top Christian Song

Matthew West "Hello, My Name Is"