Artists Adele, LMFAO, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift swept the top trophies at the Billboard Music Awards 2012. Held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday night, the gala saw Adele win 12 awards from 18 nominations for her album 21. However, the singer was absent from the ceremony.
LMFAO, on the other hand picked up six honours. They kicked off the show with a medley of their hits Party Rock Anthem and Sexy And I Know It, which was followed by a shirtless Chris Brown performing on his single Turn Up The Music with BMX bikers doing stunts.
Katy Perry hung above the stage in a swing to sing her latest single Wide Awake, while Justin Bieber sang his latest single, Boyfriend.
Other performers included Kelly Clarkson, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Linkin Park and Nelly Furtado. Veteran soul singer Stevie Wonder, 62, was honoured with the Icon award and sang the songs, Higher Ground and Overjoyed, with R&B singer Alicia Keys, ending the performance with his hit song, Superstition.
Tributes to the fallen
With some big losses in the music world this year, the awards night also featured numerous tributes. Hosts Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell paused in silence to remember late Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb, who died on Sunday after battling cancer.
Artist Natasha Bedingfield paid tribute to late Disco Queen Donna Summer, who died last week. Wiz Khalifa paid tribute to late Beastie Boy Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch, who passed away early May, while Cee Lo Green joined his band Goodie Mob to perform Fight For Your Right in Yauch’s memory.
The biggest tribute of the night was for Whitney Houston, who died in February this year. The late singer was posthumously given the Millennium award, while singers John Legend and Jordin Sparks sang The Greatest Love of All and I Will Always Love You against a backdrop of photographs of Houston.
Who won what...
Top Artist: Adele
Top New Artist: Wiz Khalifa
Top Male Artist: Lil Wayne
Top Female Artist: Adele
Top Duo/Group: LMFAO
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Adele
Top Hot 100 Artist: Adele
Top Digital Songs Artist: Adele
Top Radio Songs Artist: Adele
Top Touring Artist: U2
Top Social Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Streaming Artist: Rihanna
Top Digital Media Artist: Adele
Top Pop Artist: Adele
Top R&B Artist: Chris Brown
Top Rap Artist: Lil Wayne
Top Rock Artist: Coldplay
Top Alternative Artist: Coldplay
Top Dance Artist: Lady Gaga
Top Billboard 200 Album:
21 by Adele
Top Pop Album: 21
Top R&B Album: 4 by Beyonce
Top Rap Album: Tha Carter IV by Lil Wayne
Top Country Album: My Kinda Party by Jason Aldean
Top Rock Album: Mylo Xyloto by Coldplay
Top Alternative Album: Mylo Xyloto
Top Dance Album: Born This Way by Lady Gaga
Top Hot 100 Song: Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
Top Digital Song: Party Rock Anthem
Top Radio Song: Give Me Everything - Pitbull Feat.
Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer
Top Streaming Song (Audio): Rolling in the Deep - Adele
Top Streaming Song (Video): Super Bass - Nicki Minaj
Top Pop Song: Party Rock Anthem
Top R&B Song: Motivation - Kelly Rowland Feat. Lil Wayne
Top Rap Song: Party Rock Anthem
Top Country Song: Dirt Road Anthem - Jason Aldean
Top Rock Song: Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People
Top Alternative Song: Rolling In The Deep
Top Dance Song: Party Rock Anthem