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Billboard brings back awards
The 2011 Billboard Music Awards were held in Las Vegas this morning after a five year hiatus.
Britney and Rihanna opened the show with a performance of their number one hit S&M before the awards giving began in earnest.
Unlike other award ceremonies, Billboard honours are based on chart sales so there were not a lot of surprises when to the winners.
Justin Bieber and Eminem nabbed six awards each while Taio Cruz, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Katy Perry all took home three trophies.
Beyoncé was also acknowledged as the biggest star of the new millenium with a special award.
Despite scoring seven consecutive US top 10 hits, Ke$ha failed to win anything but her performance of Animal/Blow (below) was a highlight of the ceremony.
Here’s a list of the winners:
Top Artist: Eminem
Top New Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Male Artist: Eminem
Top Female Artist: Rihanna
Top Duo/Group: The Black Eyed Peas
Top Digital Songs Artist: Katy Perry
Top Radio Songs Artist: Rihanna
Top Pop Artist: Lady Gaga
Top R&B Artist: Usher
Top Rap Artist: Eminem
Top Country Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Rock Artist: Train
Top Latin Artist: Shakira
Top Dance/Electronic Artist: Lady Gaga
Top Pop Album: Justin Bieber — My World 2.0 and Katy Perry — Teenage Dream
Top R&B Album: Usher — Raymond v. Raymond
Top Rap Album: Eminem — Revovery
Top Country Album: Taylor Swift — Speak Now
Top Rock Album: Mumford & Sons — Sigh No More
Top Dance/Electronic Album: Lady Gaga — The Fame
Top Pop Song: Taio Cruz — Dynamite
Top R&B Song: Usher Feat. will.i.am — OMG
Top Rap Song: Eminem Feat. Rihanna — Love The Way You Lie
Top Country Song: Lady Antebellum — Need You Now
Top Rock Song: Train — Hey, Soul Sister
Top Dance Song: Edward Maya &Vika Jigulina — Stereo Love