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Justin Bieber, Eminem take top honors at Billboard Awards

By Sean O’Connell Justin Bieber, Eminem, U2 and Beyonce took home the top prizes at Sunday night’s Billboard awards. Beiber and Eminem each won six official awards, while U2 earned the Touring trophy and Beyonce grabbed the Millennium Award.

Bieber “embraced” girlfriend Selena Gomez before accepting one of his awards, according to THR, prompting Billboard Awards host Ken Jeong of “The Hangover Part II” to exclaim, “Are they not the cutest couple in the universe?”

Beyonce’s Millennium award came with an all-star tribute that included First Lady Michelle Obama; Barbra Streisand; Lady Gaga; U2 frontman Bono; and Stevie Wonder.

The 2011 Billboard Music Awards winners, who were honored Sunday night in Las Vegas, are:


Top Artist:

Top New Artist:
Justin Bieber

Top Male Artist:

Top Female Artist:

Top Duo/Group:
The Black Eyed Peas

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist:
Katy Perry

Top Digital Songs Artist:
Katy Perry

Top Radio Songs Artist:

Top Touring Artist:

Top Social Artist:
Justin Bieber

Top Streaming Artist:
Justin Bieber

Top Digital Media Artist:
Justin Bieber

Top Pop Artist:
Lady Gaga

Top R&B Artist:

Top Rap Artist:

Top Country Artist:
Taylor Swift

Top Rock Artist:

Top Alternative Artist:
Mumford & Sons

Top Latin Artist:

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
Lady Gaga

Top Christian Artist:
Chris Tomlin


Millennium Award:

Touring Award:

Icon Award:
Neil Diamond


Top Billboard 200 Album:
Eminem — “Recovery”

Top Pop Album:
Justin Bieber — “My World 2.0″
Katy Perry — “Teenage Dream”

Top R&B Album:
Usher — “Raymond v. Raymond”

Top Rap Album:
Eminem — “Recovery”

Top Country Album:
Taylor Swift — “Speak Now”

Top Rock Album:
Mumford & Sons — “Sigh No More”

Top Alternative Album:
Mumford & Sons — “Sigh No More”

Top Latin Album:
Enrique Iglesias — “Euphoria”

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
Lady Gaga — “The Fame”

Top Christian Album:
Skillet — “Awake”


Top Hot 100 Song:
Taio Cruz — “Dynamite”

Top Digital Song:
Taio Cruz — “Dynamite”

Top Radio Song:
Bruno Mars — “Just The Way You Are”

Top Streaming Song (Audio):
Nelly — “Just A Dream”

Top Streaming Song (Video):
Justin Bieber Feat. Ludacris — “Baby”

Top Pop Song:
Taio Cruz — “Dynamite”

Top R&B Song:
Usher Feat. — “OMG”

Top Rap Song:
Eminem Feat. Rihanna — “Love The Way You Lie”

Top Country Song:
Lady Antebellum — “Need You Now”

Top Rock Song:
Train — “Hey, Soul Sister”

Top Alternative Song:
Neon Trees — “Animal”

Top Latin Song:
Shakira Feat. Freshleyground — “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)”

Top Dance Song:
Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina — “Stereo Love”

Top Christian Song:
Chris Tomlin — “Our God”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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