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[05/20/12 - 08:50 PM]
Billboard Announces Winners of "The 2012 Billboard Music Awards"
This was the second year that ABC broadcast the event.

[via press release from ABC]

BILLBOARD ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF "THE 2012 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS"

Top Recording Artist Adele Dominates Winning 12 Awards, LMFAO Takes Home 6 Awards, Followed By GoonRock and Lauren Bennett with 5 Awards Each

Stevie Wonder Honored with Icon Award, Whitney Houston Honored with Millennium Award and Taylor Swift Awarded Woman of the Year

"The 2012 Billboard Music Awards" show aired live on Sunday, May 20 (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 in partnership with Chevrolet and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). This was the second year that ABC broadcast the event.

Adele dominated this year's Billboard Music Awards, taking home an incredible 12 awards in the following categories: Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Digital Songs Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Digital Media Artist, Top Pop Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Pop Album, Top Streaming Song (Audio) and Top Alternative Song. Winning a total of 6 awards, LMFAO was named Top Duo/Group, with "Party Rock Anthem" earning them Top Hot 100 Song, Top Digital Song, Top Pop Song, Top Rap Song and Top Dance Song. GoonRock and Lauren Bennett, who are both featured on "Party Rock Anthem," each took home 5 awards each.

Lil Wayne and Coldplay each earned 4 Billboard Music Awards, while Casting Crowns, Jason Aldean and Lady Gaga each received 2 awards. Lady Antebellum, Romeo Santos, Shakira, Don Omar, Lucenzo, Wiz Khalifa, Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Chris Brown, Afrojack, Nayer, Ne-Yo, Pitbull, Foster The People, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, U2 and Laura Story each won one Billboard Music Award.

The show also featured three special awards: Stevie Wonder was honored with the Icon Award and Whitney Houston was posthumously honored with the Millennium Award, each for their career achievements, while Taylor Swift made history as the youngest to receive the coveted Woman of the Year Award, acknowledging her achievements as a trailblazing female artist over the past 12 months.

In addition to the winners of the Billboard Music Awards, other finalists for awards included 50 Cent, AWOLNATION, Bad Meets Evil, Big Sean, Blake Shelton, Bon Jovi, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Calvin Harris, Camila, Cee Lo Green, Chris Tomlin, Christina Aguilera, Cristian Castro, David Guetta, Dev, Drake, Eli Young Band, Eminem, Flo Rida, Foo Fighters, Jamie Grace, Jay-Z, Jennifer Hudson, Jeremih, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Mana, Mandisa, Maroon 5, Mary J. Blige, Matthew West, MercyMe, Michael Buble, Miguel, Mumford & Sons, Nickelback, Prince Royce, Roger Waters, Scotty McCreery, Skillet, Skrillex, Take That, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, The Black Eyed Peas, The Black Keys, TobyMac, Usher and the Zac Brown Band.

The Billboard Music Awards take a holistic look at artist performance based on key fan interactions with music - finalists and winners were determined by chart performance and social and streaming activity as chronicled in Billboard magazine and on Billboard.com during the eligibility period of March 1, 2011 through February 29, 2012. The 46 award categories were 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 2012 Billboard Music Awards" was 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 2012 Billboard Music Awards are:

ARTIST AWARDS

Top Artist: Adele

Top New Artist: Wiz Khalifa

Top Male Artist: Lil Wayne

Top Female Artist: Adele

Top Duo/Group: LMFAO

Top Billboard 200 Artist: Adele

Top Hot 100 Artist: Adele

Top Digital Songs Artist: Adele

Top Radio Songs Artist: Adele

Top Touring Artist U2

Top Social Artist: Justin Bieber

Top Streaming Artist: Rihanna

Top Digital Media Artist Adele

Top Pop Artist: Adele

Top R&B Artist: Chris Brown

Top Rap Artist: Lil Wayne

Top Country Artist: Lady Antebellum

Top Rock Artist: Coldplay

Top Alternative Artist: Coldplay

Top Latin Artist Shakira

Top Dance Artist Lady Gaga

Top Christian Artist Casting Crowns

ALBUMS AWARDS:

Top Billboard 200 Album: Adele "21"

Top Pop Album Adele "21"

Top R&B Album Beyonce "4"

Top Rap Album: Lil Wayne "Tha Carter IV"

Top Country Album: Jason Aldean "My Kinda Party"

Top Rock Album: Coldplay "Mylo Xyloto"

Top Alternative Album: Coldplay "Mylo Xyloto"

Top Latin Album: Romeo Santos "Formula: Vol. 1"

Top Dance Album: Lady Gaga "Born This Way"

Top Christian Album: Casting Crowns "Come To The Well"

SONG AWARDS:

Top Hot 100 Song: LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock "Party Rock Anthem"

Top Digital Song : LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock "Party Rock Anthem"

Top Radio Song: Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer "Give Me Everything"

Top Streaming Song (Audio) Adele "Rolling in the Deep"

Top Streaming Song (Video) Nicki Minaj "Super Bass"

Top Pop Song: LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock "Party Rock Anthem"

Top R&B Song: Kelly Rowland Feat. Lil Wayne "Motivation"

Top Rap Song: LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock "Party Rock Anthem"

Top Country Song: Jason Aldean "Dirt Road Anthem"

Top Rock Song: Foster The People "Pumped Up Kicks"

Top Alternative Song: Adele "Rolling In The Deep"

Top Latin Song: Don Omar & Lucenzo "Danza Kuduro"

Top Dance Song: LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock "Party Rock Anthem"

Top Christian Song Laura Story "Blessings"

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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