The Billboard Music Awards brought in some big numbers for ABC making it the most watched show in 13 years according to The Hollywood Reporter on May 19, 2014. The amount of viewers for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards jumped up 10 percent from 2013 with an average 10.5 million viewers watching the three hour music award show helping ABC earn the number one spot for the night.
The Billboard Music Awards saw the biggest audience watching from 9 p.m. through 9:30 p.m. when 11.5 million viewers tuned in. That half hour of Billboard Music Awards included the performance featuring a hologram of the late Michael Jackson. Justin Timberlake and Imagine Dragons were the big winners of the night.
Timberlake won seven awards including “Top Artist,” “Top Billboard 200 Artist,” and “Top Billboard 200 Album” for "The 20/20 Experience." Imagine Dragons walked away from the night receiving five trophies which included wins for the “Top Hot 100 Artist,” “Top Duo/Group” and “Top Rock Artist.”
Country music earned some big wins and put on some made to remember performances during the Billboard Music Awards. Luke Bryan topped the list of nominated country artists with seven nominations heading into the night and earned to wins during the award show hearing his name called as the “Top Country Artist” winner and claiming the “Top Country Album” category for “Crash My Party.”
Florida Georgia Line received the win in the “Top Country Song” category for “Cruise” and Carrie Underwood had the spotlight shining on her as the winner of the fan voted “Milestone Award.” Underwood made it into the final three for the “Milestone Award” after facing Luke Bryan, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, OneRepublic and Ellie Goulding. Underwood, Ellie Goulding and OneRepublic competed in the final round of voting for the “Milestone Award.”
The country artists also took the stage for performances including fans getting a double dose of Luke Bryan performing a his solo hit “Play It Again” and also joining Florida Georgia Line for "This Is How We Roll." Brad Paisley took the stage to bring Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood on for their first live performance of “Something Bad” which is featured on Lambert’s new album titled “Platinum” which arrives June 3, 1014.