Rihanna and Nicki Minaj bag Billboard awards

 

NEVADA, United States, Friday May 24, 2013 – Barbadian superstar Rihanna and Trinidad-born rap queen Nicki Minaj did the Caribbean proud on Sunday night when they romped home with a combined total of seven awards at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Rihanna swept the R&B slate at the prestigious event, winning an award in all three R&B categories — Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Album (“Unapologetic”) and Top R&B Song (“Diamonds”). A fourth win for Top Radio Songs Artist left the “Stay” singer tied for the second most awards of the night with Gotye.

Nicki Minaj continued her rap reign with awards for Top Rap Artist and Top Rap Album (“Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”), adding Top Streaming Artist to her swag bag. With three awards, Minaj tied with the tallies of Justin Bieber, the evergreen Madonna, and pop duo One Direction.

The night nevertheless belonged to Taylor Swift who won eight out of the 11 awards she was up for, 

including Billboard Artist of the Year.

Swift also copped Top Country Artist,Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Female Artist, and Top Digital Songs Artist — the last one a tie with singer Carly Rae Jepsen. Swift’s album “Red” won in the Top Billboard 200 and Country Album categories and her single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” collected the trophy for Top Country Song.

In a ceremony filled with thrills and spills, R&B singer Miguel fell hard for the music – literally – landing on a fan and clobbering another in the process.

The singer accidentally crashed on top of a woman in the audience during a performance of his hit song “Adorn” while attempting a jump that went wildly wrong. Luckily, the fan appeared to be fine and the singer kept right on singing.

Justin Bieber also had an unwelcome surprise when he attracted a chorus of boos while accepting the first ever Milestone Award. The incident caused the show’s host, Tracy Morgan, to quip, “Hey, don’t be booing anybody here. This ain’t no high school.”

Speaking of which, Nicki Minaj enthralled the crowd when she “twerked” on Lil Wayne during a performance of her song “High School”. Wayne (who appears on the track) nevertheless seemed to have no problem with the “movementations”.

One of the biggest surprises of the night nevertheless came when Prince took  the stage by storm with a new look and celebrated being presented with the Icon Award with a medley of his hits “Let’s Go Crazy” and “FixUrLifeUp.” The crowd took his advice and did, indeed, go crazy.

Check out the full list of winners:

TOP RAP ARTIST: Nicki Minaj

TOP DIGITAL SONG: Carly Rae Jepsen, Call Me Maybe

TOP RAP SONG: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Thrift Shop

TOP TOURING ARTIST: Madonna

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ALBUM: Taylor Swift, Red

TOP MALE ARTIST: Justin Bieber

TOP HOT 100 SONG: Gotye featuring Kimbra, Somebody That I Used to Know

TOP DUO/GROUP: One Direction 

TOP NEW ARTIST: One Direction 

TOP EDM ARTIST: David Guetta

TOP FEMALE ARTIST:  Taylor Swift

TOP HOT 100 ARTIST: Maroon 5

TOP RADIO SONGS ARTIST: Rihanna 

TOP SOCIAL ARTIST: Justin Bieber 

TOP STREAMING ARTIST: Nicki Minaj 

TOP POP ARTIST: One Direction 

TOP R&B ARTIST: Rihanna

TOP COUNTRY ARTIST: Taylor Swift 

TOP ROCK ARTIST: fun. 

TOP LATIN ARTIST: Jenni Rivera 

TOP DANCE ARTIST: Madonna 

TOP POP ALBUM: Adele, 21

TOP R&B ALBUM: Rihanna, Unapologetic

TOP RAP ALBUM: Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday:Roman Reloaded

TOP COUNTRY ALBUM: Taylor Swift, Red

TOP ROCK ALBUM: Mumford & Sons, Babel

TOP LATIN ALBUM: Jenni Rivera, La Misma Gran Senora

TOP DANCE ALBUM: Madonna, MDNA 

TOP EDM ALBUM: Skrillex, Bangarang

TOP RADIO SONG: Gotye feat. Kimbra, Somebody That I Used To Know

TOP STREAMING SONG (AUDIO): Gotye feat. Kimbra, Somebody That I Used To Know

TOP STREAMING SONG (VIDEO): Psy, Gangnam Style

TOP POP SONG: Carly Rae Jepsen, Call Me Maybe 

TOP R&B SONG: Rihanna, Diamonds

TOP COUNTRY SONG: Taylor Swift, We Are Never Getting Back Together

TOP ROCK SONG: Gotye feat. Kimbra, Somebody That I Used To Know

TOP DANCE SONG: Baauer, Harlem Shake

TOP EDM SONG: Baauer, Harlem Shake

MILESTONE AWARD: Justin Bieber

BILLBOARD ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Taylor Swift 

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