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