Eminem, Justin Bieber Lead Winners at Billboard Music Awards
Justin Bieber and Eminem may be two very different acts, but they wound up with the same number of awards at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards.
Each star collected six trophies. Eminem scored victories top artist, top male artist, top Billboard 200 album, top rap artist, top rap song and top rap album. The Beebs won for top new artist, top social artist, top streaming artist, top digital media artist, top pop album and top streaming song.
Bieber provided a water cooler moment when he kissed purported girlfriend Selena Gomez after he won the top new artist award, lending some serious credibility to all the talk they are dating.
Taylor Swift won top album artist of the year, while Rihanna, who led the field with 18 nominations, took top female artist of the year honors.
The ceremony, which returned after a five-year break, came back with a bang. Britney Spears opened the show by performing a racy duet with Rihanna on her song ‘S&M’ that featured the pair locking lips. Spears wasn’t done, though – she returned later in the broadcast to perform her hit ‘Till the World Ends’ with Nicki Minaj.
Beyonce also had a memorable evening, earning the Millennium Award. A taped tribute featured glowing remarks from such luminaries as Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Bono and her own parents. She then treated the crowd to a live performance of her new song, “Run the World (Girls),” before accepting the award.