used 27 The Billboard Music Awards: Winners, Losers & Upsets

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After a three year hiatus, the Billboard Music Awards are back.  Bringing the biggest names in music all under one roof, the city of lights was shining bright with star power.  See [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Taylor Swift[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lady Antebellum[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Keith Urban[/lastfm] and more.

See who won the big awards, who missed the boat and who is five seconds away from ‘Kanye-ing’ everyone else!

Okay, there weren’t any big Twitter exploding moments like Kanye, but there were some crazy performances and winners.  Check out who won the big awards and who gave the best performances, including an epic opening performance by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rihanna [/lastfm]and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Britney Spears[/lastfm].

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Keith Urban[/lastfm] premiered his new song “Long Hot Summer“, a more energetic option than “Without You” that’s still top 10 on the Billboard Country charts.  [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lady Antebellum[/lastfm] followed up by getting the crowd hyped with their hit “Just A Kiss” smiling and looking humbled at the response.

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beyonce [/lastfm] walked away with the Billboard Millenium award while [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Neil Diamond[/lastfm] performed his mega-hit “Sweet Caroline” after accepting the Billboard Icon Award to close the show.

Take a look at some of the big winners from the Billboard Music Awards 2011.

Country Category Winners

Top Country Artist

  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Taylor Swift[/lastfm] – Winner!
  • Jason Aldean
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Zac Brown Band

Country Song Of The Year

  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lady Antebellum[/lastfm] “Need You Now” – Winner!
  • The Band Perry “If I Die Young”
  • Miranda Lambert “The House That Built Me”
  • Sugarland “Stuck Like Glue”
  • Taylor Swift “Mine”

Top Artist Winners

Top Billboard 200 Artist

  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Taylor Swift[/lastfm] – Winner!
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Susan Boyle
  • Eminem
  • Justin Bieber

Top Digital Media Artist

  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Justin Bieber[/lastfm] – Winner!
  • Akon
  • Eminem
  • Lady Gaga
  • Rihanna

Top Hot 100 Song

  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Taio Cruz [/lastfm] “Dynamite” – Winner!
  • Eminem featuring Rihanna  “Love The Way You Lie”
  • Bruno Mars  “Just The Way You Are”
  • Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg “California Gurls”
  • Usher featuring “OMG”

Top Duo/Group

  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Black Eyed Peas[/lastfm] – Winner!
  • Bon Jovi
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Linkin Park
  • U2

Top Radio Artist of the Year

  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rihanna[/lastfm] – Winner!
  • Drake
  • Bruno Mars
  • Katy Perry
  • Usher

Top New Artist of the Year

  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Justin Bieber[/lastfm] – Winner!
  • Taio Cruz
  • Ke$ha
  • Bruno Mars
  • Nicki Minaj

Top Female Artist of the Year

  • [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rihanna [/lastfm]- Winner!
  • Ke$ha
  • Lady Gaga
  • Katy Perry
  • Taylor Swift

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