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Billboard Music Awards 2013: Taylor Swift dominates

Taylor Swift, Red

Story by Jack Foley

TAYLOR Swift has dominated the 2013 Billboard Music Awards by winning a total of eight trophies.

The singer was crowned artist of the year, the night’s top honour, as well as top female artist and top Billboard 200 artist.

She was also named top country artist and top digital songs artist.

Her 3.7 million-selling album Red came tops in the Billboard 200 and country albums categories, while her single We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together was named top country song.

Commenting upon winning artist of the year, Swift said: “Thank you for making my music the soundtrack to your crazy emotions. You are the longest and best relationship I’ve had.”

Other multiple award winners included Gotye, who song Somebody That I Used to Know won in the categories of Hot 100 song, rock song, radio song and streaming song (audio). The track, featuring Kimbra, has sold 7.3 million downloads.

Rihanna also won four awards – the R&B artist, album and song categories, plus radio songs artist.

While Madonna, Nicki Minaj and One Direction won three awards each and Justin Bieber, the late Jenni Rivera, Baauer and tobyMac secured two honours apiece.

Prince, who performed a medley of his classic Let’s Go Crazy, Edgar Winter’s instrumental Frankenstein and Fix Ur Life Up, was given the Icon Award for a career that includes 10 platinum albums and 30 top 40 singles.

The Billboard awards were held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas where awards were handed out in 45 categories.

The main winners…

Top Artist
Justin Bieber
Maroon 5
One Direction
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Song
Some Nights – fun.
Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye feat. Kimbra
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
One More Night – Maroon 5
Payphone – Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa

Top Billboard 200 Album
21 – Adele
Babel – Mumford & Sons
Take Me Home – One Direction
Up All Night – One Direction
Red – Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group
Coldplay
Fun.
Maroon 5
Mumford & Sons
One Direction

Top New Artist
Gotye
Carly Rae Jepsen
The Lumineers
One Direction
Psy

Top Touring Artist
Coldplay
Lady GaGa
Madonna
Bruce Springsteen
Roger Waters

Top Male Artist
Jason Aldean
Justin Bieber
Drake
Flo Rida
Bruno Mars

Top Female Artist
Adele
Carly Rae Jepsen
Nicki Minaj
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist
Flo Rida
Fun.
Maroon 5
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top Billboard 200 Artist
Adele
Justin Bieber
Mumford & Sons
One Direction
Taylor Swift

Top Digital Songs Artist
Flo Rida
Fun.
Carly Rae Jepsen
Maroon 5
Taylor Swift

Top Radio Songs Artist
Flo Rida
Fun.
Maroon 5
Nicki Minaj
Rihanna

Top Social Artist
Justin Bieber
One Direction
Katy Perry
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top Streaming Artist
Baauer
Drake
Nicki Minaj
PSY
Rihanna

Top Pop Artist
Adele
Justin Bieber
Maroon 5
Bruno Mars
One Direction

Top R&B Artist
Chris Brown
Alicia Keys
Ne-Yo
Rihanna
Usher

Top Rap Artist
Drake
Flo Rida
Nicki Minaj
Pitbull
PSY

Top Country Artist
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Hunter Hayes
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Top Rock Artist
Coldplay
Fun.
Gotye
Mumford & Sons
Bruce Springsteen

Top Latin Artist
Don Omar
Prince Royce
Jenni Rivera
Shakira
Romeo Santos

Top Dance Artist
David Guetta
Calvin Harris
Madonna
Skrillex
Swedish House Mafia

Top EDM Artist
David Guetta
Deadmau5
Calvin Harris
Skrillex
Swedish House Mafia

Top Christian Artist
Casting Crowns
MercyMe
Matt Redman
tobyMac
Chris Tomlin

Top Pop Album
21 – Adele
Overexposed – Maroon 5
Take Me Home – One Direction
Up All Night – One Direction
Believe – Justin Bieber

Top R&B Album
Fortune – Chris Brown
Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys
Channel Orange – Frank Ocean
Unapologetic – Rihanna
Looking 4 Myself – Usher

Top Rap Album
Based on a T.R.U. Story – 2 Chainz
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City – Kendrick Lamar
The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – Nicki Minaj
God Forgives, I Don’t – Rick Ross

Top Country Album
Night Train – Jason Aldean
Tailgates & Tanlines – Luke Bryan
Tuskegee – Lionel Richie
Red – Taylor Swift
Blown Away – Carrie Underwood

Top Rock Album
Some Nights – Fun.
The Lumineers – The Lumineers
Babel – Mumford & Sons
My Head is an Animal – Of Monsters and Men
The World From The Side of the Moon – Phillip Phillips

Top Latin Album
Phase II – Prince Royce
Joyas Prestadas: Banda – Jenni Rivera
Joyas Prestadas: Pop – Jenni Rivera
La Misma Gran Señora – Jenni Rivera
Formula, Vol. 1 – Romeo Santos

Top Dance Album
Nothing But The Beat – David Guetta
>Album Title Goes Here< – Deadmau5
Sorry for Party Rocking – LMFAO
MDNA – Madonna
Bangarang – Skrillex

Top EDM Album
Nothing But The Beat – David Guetta
>Album Title Goes Here< – Deadmau5
Bangarang – Skrillex
Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites – Skrillex
Until Now – Swedish House Mafia

Top Christian Album
Come To The Well – Casting Crowns
Gravity – Lecrae
The Hurt & the Healer – MercyMe
Eye On It – tobyMac
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Top Digital Song
We Are Young – Fun. feat. Janelle Monae
Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye feat. Kimbra
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz
Payphone – Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa

Top Radio Song
Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye feat. Kimbra
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
One More Night – Maroon 5
Payphone – Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa
Locked Out of Heaven – Bruno Mars

Top Streaming Song (Audio)
Some Nights – Fun.
We Are Young – Fun. feat. Janelle Monae
Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye feat. Kimbra
Lights – Ellie Goulding
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

Top Streaming Song (Video)
We Are Young – Fun. feat. Janelle Monae
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz
Gangnam Style – PSY
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

Top Pop Song
Lights – Ellie Goulding
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
One More Night – Maroon 5
Payphone – Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa
Locked Out of Heaven – Bruno Mars

Top R&B Song
Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys feat. Nicki Minaj
Adorn – Miguel
Thinkin Bout You – Frank Ocean
Diamonds – Rihanna
Heart Attack – Trey Songz

Top Rap Song
Wild Ones – Flo Rida feat. Sia
Whistle – Flo Rida
Mercy – Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz
Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz
Gangnam Style – PSY

Top Country Song
Drunk On You – Luke Bryan
Springsteen – Eric Church
Cruise – Florida Georgia Line
Wanted – Hunter Hayes
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift

Top Rock Song
Some Nights – Fun.
We Are Young – Fun. feat. Janelle Monae
Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye feat. Kimbra
Ho Hey – The Lumineers
Home – Phillip Phillips

Top Latin Song
Bailando por el Mundo – Juan Magan feat. Pitbull & El Cata
Dutty Love – Don Omar feat. Natty Natasha
Hasta Que Salga El Sol – Don Omar
Ai Se Eu Te Pego – Michel Teló
Algo Me Gusta De Ti – Wisin & Yandel feat. Chris Brown & T-Pain

Top Dance Song
Harlem Shake – Baauer
Titanium – David Guetta feat. Sia
Starships – Nicki Minaj
Gangnam Style – Psy
Where Have You Been – Rihanna

Top EDM Song
Harlem Shake – Baauer
Titanium – David Guetta feat. Sia
Feel So Close – Calvin Harris
Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch
Don’t You Worry Child [Edit] – Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin

Top Christian Song
Redeemed – Big Daddy Weave
Where I Belong – Building 429
God’s Not Dead (Like A Lion) – Newsboys
10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) – Matt Redman
Me Without You – tobyMac

Milestone Award
Justin Bieber
Taylor Swift
Bruno Mars

Billboard Icon Award
Prince