The 2014 Billboard Music Awards were held last night (May 18) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The 3-hour show kicked off in grand style with Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez performing their official World Cup song “We Are One (Ole-Ola)”.
The host for the evening, Ludacris, then took over telling the audience that they were “about to watch the Billboard charts come to life.” He wasn’t far wrong either – the evening was filled with a host of live performances, including the one everyone was dying to see, the world premiere of a Michael Jackson hologram. It was a wonderful ‘performance’ from Michael – spookily real – take a look in the video below:
Michael Jackson – Slave to the Rythm (Billboard 2014 Hologram World Premiere)
(Play this video in Creation 5)
Justin Timberlake won an incredible 7 awards, including Top Male Artist and Top Album for The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience. Unfortunately he couldn’t attend the awards in person, so instead sung ‘Thank you’ in a cute video message.
Imagine Dragons weren’t far behind JT receiving an impressive 5 awards including Top Hot 100 Artist and Top Duo/Group.
Imagine Dragons – Tiptoe (Play this video in Creation 5)
The phenomenal success of ‘Blurred Lines’ earned Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams 4 trophies – Top 100 Song, Top Digital Song, Top Radio Song and Top R&B Song. Thicke also performed his new single ‘Get Her Back’.
Robin Thicke – Get Her Back
Katy Perry received the Top Female Artist and even managed to be there to perform her new single ‘Birthday’ – virtually anyway.
Lorde scored big receiving two awards – Top Rock Song for Royals and Top New Artist. She also performed ‘Tennis Court’:
Lorde – Tennis Court
Jennifer Lopez won the Billboard Icon Award and had everyone reaching for the tissues with her emotional acceptance speech. Watch the video below where she performs ‘First Love’.
Jennifer Lopez – First Love
Miley Cyrus received the award for Top Streaming Artist and then gave a surreal performance of the Beatles’ ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ with the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Steven Crozd – all the way from Manchester.
Miley Cyrus & the Flaming Lips – Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
There were a host of other great performance which you should really see – Jason Derulo had the stadium on its feet when he performed a medley ‘Talk Dirty’ with 2 Chainz and ‘Wiggle’ with Snoop Dog.
Iggy Azalea & Charli XCX / Iggy & Ariana Grande — “Fancy”/”Problem”
OneRepublic gave their final performance of ‘Counting Stars’ telling Billboard that the song “is being retired from TV performance”.
One Republic – Counting Stars
Ricky Martin – One Love One Rythm
All the finalists for these awards were based on fan interactions – digital and album sales, radio airplay, social interactions and touring. Awards are based on data tracked between March 11, 2013 and March 9, 2014.
Top artist: Justin Timberlake
Top new artist: Lorde
Top male artist: Justin Timberlake
Top female artist: Katy Perry
Top duo/group: Imagine Dragons
Top Billboard 200 artist: Justin Timberlake
Top hot 100 artist: Imagine Dragons
Top digital songs artist: Katy Perry
Top radio songs artist: Justin Timberlake
Top touring artist: Bon Jovi
Top social artist: Justin Bieber
Top streaming artist: Miley Cyrus
Top R&B artist: Justin Timberlake
Top rap artist: Eminem
Top country artist: Luke Bryan
Top rock artist: Imagine Dragons
Top Latin artist: Marc Anthony
Top dance/electronic artist: Daft Punk
Top Christian artist: Chris Tomlin
Milestone Award presented by Chevrolet: Carrie Underwood
Top Billboard 200 album: Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience
Top R&B album: Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience
Top rap album: Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Top country album: Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
Top rock album: Imagine Dragons, Night Visions
Top Latin album: Marc Anthony, 3.0
Top dance/electronic album: Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
Top Christian album: Alan Jackson, Precious Memories: Volume II
Top Hot 100 song: Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines
Top digital song: Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines
Top radio song: Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines
Top streaming song (audio): Imagine Dragons, Radioactive
Top streaming song (video): Miley Cyrus, Wrecking Ball
Top R&B song: Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines
Top rap song: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Ray Dalton, Can’t Hold Us
Top country song: Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nelly, Cruise
Top rock song: Lorde, Royals
Top Latin song: Marc Anthony, Vivir Mi Vida
Top dance/electronic song: Avicii, Wake Me Up!
Top Christian song: Matthew West, Hello, My Name Is
For more info on the awards head over to Billboard: http://www.billboard.com/
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