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Vegas 'in tune' with the Billboard Music Awards

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What has become one of the biggest events in music, the Billboard Awards, went down in Vegas history at MGM Grand on Sunday night May 18th. The performances were wild. The outfits were obscure (Nicki Minaj). One thing is for certain, the public will always love music, and the stars love to celebrate their success. An awkward host, Ludacris, led the night, with a lot to be desired from his first big hosting gig.
Katy Perry performed her new single, “Birthday” for the first time at a remote location away from the MGM Grand at the Newcastle Metro Radio Arena. A spinning cake and a zip line were incorporated into the performance as well as Perry shocking a fan who was celebrating her own birthday. This was an upgrade from Katy’s obscure performance of ‘Roar’ at the AMAs last year. The finale of the show was all about Michael Jackson’s hologram. While some are saying that Jackson's hologram onstage at the event was “creepy,” isn’t the idea of a posthumous album even creepier? Michael passed away in 2009 and a "new" album was released May 13 entitled Xscape. The performance is sure to be talked about for a long time to come, because we thought music was the only thing that could never die! The worst performance of the evening was the opening with PitBull and J-Lo singing the already exhausted World Cup theme song. Lopez was barely audible, while PitBull just didn’t have any oomph in his voice. Turn down for what anyone? Sometimes booty shaking just isn't enough.

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A poll on Billboard’s website Monday morning suggested that Jackson’s performance was the favorite of the evening, with Shakira and Miley Cyrus trailing slightly behind. Shakira performed her new hit single, “Empire,” but the focus was more on how she looked than how she sounded. Most calling Shak’s performance “sizzling” because of her close interaction with the crowd. Nonetheless, “Empire” continues to climb the Billboard charts.
In a prerecorded segment, Miley Cyrus was a part of the Billboard Awards from Manchester, UK, where she sang a rendition of John Lennon’s “Lucy in the Sky” with the Flaming Lips‘ frontman Wayne Coyne. Shirley Halperin, the music editor for Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter tweeted, “Once again: @mileycyrus = my hero. You too, @waynecoyne #BBMAs.” Cyrus picked up to awards for “Top Steaming Artist” and “Top Streaming Video” for 'Wrecking Ball.'

Justin Timberlake accepted his seven Billboard awards, including “Top Artist,” while still on his 20/20 Experience tour. He thanked everyone in the world, "except Donald Sterling," in true Timberlake comedic fashion. Below is a full list of winners! Who was your favorite? Who could we have seen less of?

Artist Awards
Top Artist Justin Timberlake
Top New Artist Lorde
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 Eminem
Top Country Artist Luke Bryan
Top Rock Artist Imagine Dragons
Top Latin Artist Marc Anthony
Top Dance/Electronic Artist Daft Punk
Milestone Award Presented by Chevrolet Carrie Underwood
Icon Award (previously announced) Jennifer Lopez

Album Awards
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

Song Awards
Top Hot 100 Song Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams, “Blurred Lines”
Top Digital Song Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams, “Blurred Lines”
Top Radio Song Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams, “Blurred Lines”
Top Streaming Song (Audio) Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”
Top Streaming Song (Video) Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”
Top R&B Song Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams, “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!”

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