Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Gotye come up big at 2013 Billboard Music Awardsby jmaloni
One Direction, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Justin Bieber, Jenni Rivera, Baauer and tobyMac take home multiple awards
The 2013 Billboard Music Awards, executive-produced by Don Mischer, aired live from Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 19, on the ABC Television Network. Taylor Swift took home an impressive eight awards in the following categories: Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Digital Songs Artist, Top Country Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Country Album and Top Country Song. Following closely behind, Rihanna and Gotye won four awards each. Rihanna claimed Top Radio Songs Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Album and Top R&B Song. The partnership between Gotye and Kimbra on the hit, "Somebody That I Used to Know," won the pair Top Hot 100 Song, Top Radio Song, Top Streaming Song (Audio) and Top Rock Song.
One Direction, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and Madonna each won three Billboard Music Awards, while Jenni Rivera, Baauer and tobyMac took home two each. In addition, Maroon 5, fun., Carly Rae Jepsen, David Guetta, PSY, Adele, Mumford & Sons, Skrillex, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with Wanz, Matt Redman and Michel Telo each took home one.
During the broadcast, special honors were given to Madonna as Top Touring Artist for her 2012 MDNA tour, and to Prince, who was recognized with the Billboard Icon Award, highlighting his unique journey and history of groundbreaking accomplishments in the music industry.
Some of the night's hit songs that took home multiple wins included "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra, "Harlem Shake" by Baauer and "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen.
Billboard Music Awards finalists were based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements were tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound. The awards were based on the reporting period of March 12, 2012, through March 10, 2013.
For more coverage around this year's award winners, visit www.billboard.com.
The complete winners list for the 2013 Billboard Music Awards is as follows:
Billboard Icon Award: Prince
Milestone Award presented by Chevrolet: Justin Bieber
Top Touring Artist: Madonna
Top Artist: Taylor Swift
Top New Artist: One Direction
Top Male Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Duo/Group: One Direction
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 Artist: Maroon 5
Top Digital Songs Artist: Taylor Swift
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 Rap Artist: Nicki Minaj
Top Country Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Rock Artist: fun.
Top Latin Artist: Jenni Rivera
Top Dance Artist: Madonna
Top EDM Artist: David Guetta
Top Christian Artist: tobyMac
Top Billboard 200 Album: Taylor Swift "Red"
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 & Son "Babel"
Top Latin Album: Jenni Rivera "La Misma Gran Señora"
Top Dance Album: Madonna "MDNA"
Top EDM Album: Skrillex "Bangarang"
Top Christian Album: tobyMac "Eye on It"
Top Hot 100 Song: Gotye Featuring Kimbra "Somebody That I Used to Know"
Top Digital Song: Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe"
Top Radio Song: Gotye Featuring Kimbra "Somebody That I Used to Know"
Top Streaming Song (Audio): Gotye Featuring 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 Rap Song: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz "Thrift Shop"
Top Country Song: Taylor Swift "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
Top Rock Song: Gotye Featuring Kimbra "Somebody That I Used to Know"
Top Latin Song: Michel Telo "Ai Se Eu Te Pego"
Top Dance Song: Baauer "Harlem Shake"
Top EDM Song: Baauer "Harlem Shake"
Top Christian Song: Matt Redman "10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)"