Taylor Swift was the toast of the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night, taking home a total of eight gongs.
The country music darling won top prizes including Top Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album (Red). She was nominated for a total of 11 awards.
The 23-year-old singer also took home Top Country Artist and Top Country Song for her hit We Are Never Getting Back Together.
Taylor gushed as she accepted an award on behalf of her fans. She also took the opportunity to make light of her colorful love life, largely known as an inspiration for ballads and break-up anthems.
“You are the longest and best relationship I ever had,” she mused.
She also performed her new single, 22.
Gotye and Rihanna followed with four awards each. The Pour It Up singer took home top R&B Artist, Top R&B Album (Unapologetic), Top R&B Song (Diamonds) and Top Radio Song Artist.
Justin Bieber, who also performed Take You at the event with will.i.am, walked away with three prizes, including Top Male Artist.
The teen heartthrob has had a rough few months, with scathing reports about his bad behavior on his ongoing world tour. He also took the opportunity to address the controversy.
“I’m 19-years-old and I think I’m doing a pretty good job,” Justin proclaimed.
“And basically from my heart I really just want to say it should really be about the music, it should be about the craft that I’m making. This is not a gimmick,” he continued, adding, “I’m an artist and I should be taken seriously and all this other bull should not be spoken.”
Other winners included Maroon 5, fun. and Nicki Minaj, who claimed Top Rap Artist early in the evening.
The 2013 Billboard Music Awards were held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Other performers included Selena Gomez, who sang her new single, Come & Get It; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who performed their hit track Thrift Shop; Bruno Mars Jennifer Lopez; Pitbull; Christina Aguilera; Ed Sheeran; David Guetta and Kacey Musgraves; and Chris Brown, who was criticised for appearing to have lost his voice in the middle of his four-minute set.
Tracy Morgan was the evening’s host.
A full list of winners is as follows:
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 Touring Artist: Madonna
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 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 “Las Misma Gran Senora”
Top Dance Album: Madonna “MDNA”
Top EDM Album: Skrillex “Bangarang”
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: Macklamore and Ryan Lewis “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”
Millenial Award: Justin Bieber
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