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The Billboard Music Awards

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The Billboard Music Awards is an American annual music awards ceremony sponsored by Billboard magazine honouring winners based on Billboard's year-end music charts, which are based on Nielsen data for sales, downloads and airplay. Awards were given for the top album/artist/single in every genre.

The awards debuted in 1990 and were held annually on Fox until 2006, after which the awards were cancelled due to contractual disputes. They resumed again in 2011 on new network ABC.

The Billboard Music Awards aired for the first time in South Africa on DStv's Channel O on Wednesday 29 June 2011, at 20h30, beginning with the 2011 awards. The ceremony was three hours long.

2011 Awards

The 2011 awards show took place on 22 May, 2011 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and are the first-ever African showing of this industry event.

Rihanna kicks off the action with a sultry performance of "S&M" and a sizzling hot, unannounced Britney Spears duet. The Barbados-born singer later received the Female Artist of the Year award from none other than Justin Bieber, saying "Justin gave me my award... I'm so cool."

Bieber was another star of the show, raking in Billboard.com's first-ever Fan Favorite Award after receiving the lion's share of a massive 1.6 million votes.

The Canadian superstar was also named Top New Artist, Top Social Artist, Top Streaming Artist, Top Digital Media Artist, Top Pop Album and Top Streaming Song (video). He was joined by Eminem in receiving a leading six awards.

But it is the live performances and star-studded presenter gallery (including Selena Gomez, Kylie Minogue, Trey Songz, Scott Weiland, and Taylor Swift) that turn this year's Billboard Music Awards into the must-see event it undoubtedly is.

A duet between Far East Movement and Snoop Dogg is one of the show's highlights along with a collaboration between Mary J. Blige and Lil Wayne.

Other performances come from Black Eyed Peas, Keith Urban, Taio Cruz, Cee Lo Green, Lady Antebellum, Nicki Minaj, Ke$ha, Pitbull and OneRepublic.

Beyoncé received a star-studded tribute given to the singer along with the Billboard Millennium Award for her career achievements and influence in the music industry, from her role as the front woman of Destiny's Child to her three-chart-topping solo albums.

Beyoncé's all-star tribute came from a host of luminaries including America's First Lady Michelle Obama; singing legend Barbra Streisand; pop star Lady Gaga; U2 front man Bono; and Stevie Wonder.

The 46 award categories are based on measures provided by Billboard's data partners including sales data from Nielsen SoundScan, radio airplay monitored by Nielsen BDS, streaming data measured by Tubemogul and Nielsen BDS, social media consumption gauged by Next Big Sound and tour grosses tracked by Billboard Boxscore.

2011 Winners

Top Artist

Justin Bieber
Eminem
Lady Gaga
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top New Artist

Ke$ha
Bruno Mars
Nicki Minaj
Taio Cruz
Justin Bieber

Top Hot 100 Song

"Dynamite" - Taio Cruz
"Love the Way You Lie" - Eminem ft. Rihanna
"Just the Way You Are" - Bruno Mars
"California Gurls" - Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg
"OMG" - Usher ft. will.i.am

Top Billboard 200 Album

My World 2.0 - Justin Bieber
The Gift - Susan Boyle
Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
Speak Now - Taylor Swift
Recovery - Eminem

Top Album Artist

My World 2.0 - Justin Bieber
The Gift - Susan Boyle
Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
Recovery - Eminem
Speak Now - Taylor Swift

Top Touring Artist

Bon Jovi - Bon Jovi Live
Michael Bublé - Crazy Love Tour
Lady Gaga - The Monster Ball Tour
U2 - U2 360° Tour
Roger Waters - The Wall Live

Top Duo/Group

The Black Eyed Peas
Bon Jovi
Lady Antebellum
Linkin Park
U2

Top Country Album

My Kinda Party - Jason Aldean
Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
The Incredible Machine - Sugarland
Speak Now - Taylor Swift
The Foundation - Zac Brown Band

Top Rap Album

Thank Me Later - Drake
Recovery - Eminem
Pink Friday - Nicki Minaj
I Am Not a Human Being - Lil Wayne
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West

Top Rock Album

Brothers - The Black Keys
To the Sea - Jack Johnson
Born Free - Kid Rock
A Thousand Suns - Linkin Park
Sigh No More - Mumford & Sons

Top Social Artist

Akon
Justin Bieber
Eminem
Lady Gaga
Rihanna

Top Digital Song

"Airplanes" - B.o.B ft. Hayley Williams
"Dynamite" - Taio Cruz
"Love the Way You Lie" - Eminem ft. Rihanna
"Just the Way You Are" - Bruno Mars
"California Gurls" - Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg

Top Radio Song

"Dynamite" - Taio Cruz
"Love the Way You Lie" - Eminem ft. Rihanna
"Just the Way You Are" - Bruno Mars
"DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" - Usher ft. Pitbull
"OMG" - Usher ft. will.i.am

Top Streaming Song (Audio)

"Dynamite" - Taio Cruz
"Love the Way You Lie" - Eminem ft. Rihanna
"Need You Now" - Lady Antebellum
"Just the Way You Are" - Bruno Mars
"Just a Dream" - Nelly

Top Streaming Song (Video)

"Baby" - Justin Bieber ft. Ludacris
"Not Afraid" - Eminem
"Love the Way You Lie" - Eminem ft. Rihanna
"Bad Romance" - Lady Gaga
"Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" - Shakira ft. Freshlyground

Top Billboard 200 Artist

Justin Bieber
Susan Boyle
Eminem
Lady Antebellum
Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist

Ke$ha
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
Rihanna
Usher

Top Digital Songs Artist

Eminem
Ke$ha
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Top Radio Songs Artist

Drake
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry
Rihanna
Usher

Top Streaming Artist

Justin Bieber
Eminem
Lady Gaga
Rihanna
Shakira

Top Digital Media Artist

Akon
Justin Bieber
Eminem
Lady Gaga
Rihanna

Top Male Artist

Drake
Eminem
Bruno Mars
Usher
Justin Bieber

Top Female Artist

Ke$ha
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top Pop Artist

Justin Bieber
The Black Eyes Peas
Ke$ha
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry

Top R&B Artist

Alicia Keys
Monica
Rihanna
Trey Songz
Usher

Top Rap Artist

Drake
Eminem
Lil Wayne
Ludacris
Nicki Minaj

Top Country Artist

Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Lady Antebellum
Taylor Swift
Zac Brown Band

Top Rock Artist

Kings of Leon
Linkin Park
Mumford & Sons
Muse
Train

Top Alternative Artist

The Black Keys
Kings of Leon
Linkin Park
Mumford & Sons
Muse

Top Latin Artist

Enrique Iglesias
Pitbull
Prince Royce
Shakira
Wisin & Yandel

Top Dance Artist

The Black Eyed Peas
David Guetta
Lady Gaga
La Roux
Rihanna

Top Christian Artist

Casting Crowns
MercyMe
Skillet
tobyMac
Chris Tomlin

Top Pop Song

"Dynamite" - Taio Cruz
"Just the Way You Are" - Bruno Mars
"California Gurls" - Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg
"Firework" - Katy Perry
"Teenage Dream" - Katy Perry

Top R&B Song

"Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)" - Alicia Keys
"What's My Name?" - Rihanna ft. Drake
"Bottoms Up" - Trey Songz ft. Nicki Minaj
"OMG" - Usher ft. will.i.am
"There Goes My Baby" - Usher

Top Rap Song

"Airplanes" - B.o.B ft. Hayley Williams
"Nothin' on You" - B.o.B ft. Bruno Mars
"Love the Way You Lie" - Eminem ft. Rihanna
"Like a G6" - Far East Movement ft. The Cataracs and Dev
"Just a Dream" - Nelly

Top Country Song

"If I Die Young" - The Band Perry
"Need You Now" - Lady Antebellum
"The House That Built Me" - Miranda Lambert
"Stuck Like Glue" - Sugarland
"Mine" - Taylor Swift

Top Rock Song

"Lay Me Down" - The Dirty Heads ft. Rome
"Dog Days Are Over" - Florence + the Machine
"Little Lion Man" - Mumford & Sons
"Animal" - Neon Trees
"Hey, Soul Sister" - Train

Top Alternative Song

"Dog Days Are Over" - Florence + the Machine
"Waiting for the End" - Linkin Park
"The Cave" - Mumford & Sons
"Little Lion Man" - Mumford & Sons
"Animal" - Neon Trees

Top Latin Song

"Cuando Me Enamoro" - Enrique Iglesias ft. Juan Luis Guerra
"Bon, Bon - Pitbull
"Gypsy" - Shakira
"Loca" - Shakira ft. El Cata
"Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" - Shakira ft. Freshlyground

Top Dance Song

"Bad Romance" - Lady Gaga
"Telephone" - Lady Gaga ft. Beyoncé
"Bulletproof - La Roux
"Stereo Love" - Edward Maya ft. Vika Jigulina
"We Speak No Americano" - Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP

Top Christian Song

"Live Like We're Dying - Kris Allen
"All of Creation" - MercyMe
"Lead Me" - Sanctus Real
"Get Back Up" - tobyMac
"Our God" - Chris Tomlin

Top Pop Album

My World 2.0 - Justin Bieber
The E.N.D. - The Black Eyed Peas
Animal - Ke$ha
The Fame - Lady Gaga
Teenage Dream - Katy Perry

Top R&B Album

Still Standing - Monica
Loud - Rihanna
Soldier of Love - Sade
Passion, Pain & Pleasure - Trey Songz
Raymond v. Raymond - Usher

Top Alternative Album

Brothers - The Black Keys
To the Sea - Jack Johnson
Come Around Sundown - Kings of Leon
A Thousand Suns - Linkin Park
Sigh No More - Mumford & Sons

Top Latin Album

Iconos - Marc Anthony
Dejarte de Amar - Camila
Euphoria - Enrique Iglesias
Prince Royce - Prince Royce
Sale el Sol - Shakira

Top Dance/Electronic Album

Tron Legacy Soundtrack - Daft Punk
The Fame - Lady Gaga
The Fame Monster - Lady Gaga
The Remix - Lady Gaga
Ocean Eyes - Owl City

Top Christian Album

The Generous Mr. Lovewell - MercyMe
Awake - Skillet
Tonight - tobyMac
And If Our God Is for Us... - Chris Tomlin
WOW Hits 2011 - Various Artists

Millenium Award

Beyonce

Icon Award

Neil Diamond

About the Awards

The Billboard Music Awards honour winners based on Billboard's year-end music charts, which are based on Nielsen data for sales, downloads and airplay. Awards are given for the top album/artist/single in every genre.

Since 1992, the awards also give out a Billboard Century Award - the magazine's highest honour for creative achievement and named for Billboard's centennial in 1994. The award was renamed the Icon Award in 2011.


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