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[05/22/11 - 08:29 PM]
Billboard Announces Winners of "The 2011 Billboard Music Awards"
This was the first year that ABC broadcast the event and marks the first "Billboard Music Awards" show since 2007.

[via press release from ABC]

BILLBOARD ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 2011 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS

Top Recording Artist Eminem and Youngest Nominee Justin Bieber Take Home Six Awards Each, Followed by Fan Favorites Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Usher, Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons And Taio Cruz with Three Awards Each

"The 2011 Billboard Music Awards" show aired live Sunday, May 22nd (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The awards show took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in partnership with Chevrolet and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). This was the first year that ABC broadcast the event and marks the first Billboard Music Awards show since 2007.

Eminem and Justin Bieber dominated this year's Billboard Music Awards, tied for the most awards garnered, taking home 6 each. Eminem won awards in the following categories - -Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Song and Top Rap Album. He had won 2 Billboard Music Awards in 2002 for Best Album of the Year and Best R&B/Hip Hop Album of the Year, giving him a total of 8 Billboard Music Awards during his career. Justin Bieber, one of the fan favorites and youngest nominee, was named Top New Artist, Top Social Artist, Top Streaming Artist, Top Digital Media Artist, Top Pop Album and Top Streaming Song (video) at his first Billboard Music Awards.

Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Usher, Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons and Taio Cruz each earned 3 Billboard Music Awards. Katy Perry, Shakira, Chris Tomlin and Train were each allocated 2 Billboard Music Awards. Bruno Mars, Lady Antebellum, Black Eyed Peas, Enrique Iglesias, Ludacris, Nelly, Neon Trees, Skillet, U2, Will.I.Am and Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina each received 1 Billboard Music Award.

In addition to the winners of the Billboard Music Awards, other finalists for awards included Ke$ha, Linkin Park, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Black Keys, Kings of Leon, MercyMe, Pitbull, Snoop Dogg, tobyMac, Trey Songz, B.o.B., Akon, Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, Florence + The Machine, Freshlyground, Hayley Williams, Jack Johnson, Jason Aldean, LaRoux, Lil Wayne, Monica, Muse, Prince Royce, Sugarland, Susan Boyle, Zac Brown Band, Band Perry, Beyonce, Camila, Casting Crowns, Cataracs, Daft Punk, David Guetta, Dcup, Dev, El Cata, Far*East Movement, Juan Luis Guerra, Kanye West, Kenny Chesney, Kid Rock, Kris Allen, Marc Anthony, Michael Buble, Miranda Lambert, Owl City, Roger Waters, Rome, Sade, Sanctus Real, The Dirty Heads, Wisin & Yandel and Yolanda Be Cool.

The Billboard Music Awards take a holistic look at artist performance based on key fan interactions with music�finalists and winners are determined by chart performance and social and streaming activity as chronicled in Billboard magazine and on Billboard.com during the eligibility period of February 28, 2010 through March 1, 2011. The 46 award categories are based on measures provided by our data partners including sales data shared by Nielsen SoundScan, radio airplay monitored by Nielsen BDS, streaming data measured by Tubemogul and Nielsen BDS, social media consumption gauged by Next Big Sound and tour grosses tracked by Billboard Boxscore.

The 2011 Billboard Music Awards were co-executed produced by Richard Beckman, CEO of Prometheus Global Media, which owns Billboard, and Don Mischer of Don Mischer Productions.

The winners for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards are:

ARTIST AWARDS

Top Artist: Eminem

Top New Artist: Justin Bieber

Top Male Artist: Eminem

Top Female Artist: Rihanna

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: Rihanna

Top Touring Artist: U2

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: Usher

Top Rap Artist: Eminem

Top Country Artist: Taylor Swift

Top Rock Artist: Train

Top Alternative Artist: Mumford & Sons

Top Latin Artist: Shakira

Top Dance/Electronic Artist: Lady Gaga

Top Christian Artist: Chris Tomlin

ALBUMS AWARDS:

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 -- "Revovery"

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"

SONG AWARDS:

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. will.i.am -- "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"

About Billboard

Now in its 117th year, Billboard is the world's premier music brand consisting of Billboard magazine, Billboard Events, Billboard Bulletin, Billboard.biz and Billboard.com�the online destination of choice for millions of music fans. The Billboard brand is built on its exclusive charts and unrivaled reporting on the latest news, issues and trends across all genres of music. Most recently, Billboard launched the new Uncharted ranking of undiscovered artists, tracking their rising popularity across the Internet. Billboard reaches tens of millions of consumers daily through many strategic relationships with major companies including Reuters, SanDisk, Telemundo, Napster, GTech, Motorola, AT&T, Sony Music Entertainment and ABC. These relationships leverage Billboard's brand recognition, proprietary chart data and information resources to develop products, live events, print, television, radio, digital, and mobile platforms. Billboard produces conferences year-round with programming to address music's role in media and entertainment, including music showcases and awards shows to spotlight talent. In addition to North America, Billboard operates businesses in Brazil, Greece, Japan, Korea and Russia. Billboard is owned by Prometheus Global Media, a diversified company with leading assets in the media and entertainment arenas, including: Music (Billboard and its related conferences and events, including The Billboard Latin Music Awards), Entertainment (The Hollywood Reporter, Backstage, ShowEast, Cineasia, and CineEurope); and Advertising & Marketing (Adweek, Adweek Conferences and The CLIO Awards).

About Chevrolet

Founded in Detroit in 1911, Chevrolet celebrates its centennial as a global automotive brand with annual sales of about 4.25 million vehicles in more than 130 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. The Chevrolet portfolio includes iconic performance cars such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long-lasting pickups and SUVs such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers such as Spark, Cruze, Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers "gas-friendly to gas-free" solutions including Cruze Eco and Volt. Cruze Eco offers 42 mpg highway while Volt offers 35 miles of electric, gasoline-free driving and an additional 344 miles of extended range. Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

About The LVCVA

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With approximately 149,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and more than 10.5 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA mission centers on attracting ever-increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.VisitLasVegas.com.

About the MGM Grand Garden Arena

The MGM Grand Garden Arena is home to concerts, championship boxing and premier sporting and special events. The Arena offers comfortable seating for as many as 16,800 with excellent sightlines and state-of-the-art acoustics, lighting and sound. Prominent events to date have included world championship fights between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson as well as Oscar de la Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto; and concerts by The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Bette Midler, George Strait, Janet Jackson, Phil Collins, Billy Joel, U2, 'N Sync, Sting, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Jimmy Buffett and the Barbra Streisand Millennium Concert. The MGM Grand Garden Arena also is home to the annual Academy of Country Music Awards and the Frozen Fury NHL pre-season game which features the Los Angeles Kings vs. Colorado Avalanche.

About Don Mischer Productions

Don Mischer is an internationally acclaimed producer and director of television and live events. He has been honored with fifteen Emmy Awards, a record ten Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, two NAACP Image Awards, a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting and more. Don Mischer Productions credits range from We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial and the 100th Anniversary of Carnegie Hall; to the Super Bowl Halftime Shows (Prince, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen), and the Opening Ceremonies of both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games to name a few.





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