'Artist of the Year' Taylor Swift sweeps eight Billboard awards

20 May 2013 / 3 years 5 months ago

Taylor Swift was the big winner at last night's (19.05.13) Billboard Music Awards, taking home eight prizes, including the coveted Artist of the Year prize.The 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' hitmaker - who is known for her turbulent love life and relationships with stars including Harry Styles, Jake Gyllenhaal and John Mayer - paid tribute to her loyal fans as she picked up the evening's top honour, the coveted Artist of the Year prize.She said: "Thank you for making my music the soundtrack to your crazy emotions. You are the longest and best relationship I've had."As well as Artist of the Year, Taylor also took home honours including Top Female Artist, Top Country Artist, Billboard 200 Album and Top Country Album for 'Red', and Top Country Song for 'We Are Never Getting Back Together'.Elsewhere, four prizes were handed out to both Gotye - all for the track 'Somebody That I Used To Know' - and Rihanna, while Madonna, Nicki Minaj and One Direction each picked up three awards.Justin Bieber performed at the ceremony at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and picked up awards for Top Male Artist and the first-ever Milestone Award, which was chosen by fans for musical innovation and ingenuity but was booed as he took to the stage to pick up the latter prize.In his speech,, he said: "I'm 19 years old. I think I'm doing a pretty good job. It should really be about the music. This is not a gimmick. I'm an artist and I should be taken seriously. And all this other bull should not be spoken of."Musical performers at the ceremony - which was hosted by Tracy Morgan - included Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull, Selena Gomez, PSY and Taylor.Prince closed the show with a medley of 'Let's Go Crazy', 'Frankenstein' and 'Fix Ur Life Up', but did not give an acceptance speech in recognition of his Icon Award.Billboard Music Awards 2013 selected winners list:Top Artist: Taylor SwiftTop New Artist: One DirectionTop Male Artist: Justin BieberTop Female Artist: Taylor SwiftTop Duo/Group: One DirectionTop Billboard 200 Artist: Taylor SwiftTop Hot 100 Artist: Maroon 5Top Digital Songs Artist: Taylor SwiftTop Radio Songs Artist: RihannaTop Touring Artist: MadonnaTop Social Artist: Justin BieberTop Streaming Artist: Nicki MinajTop Pop Artist: One DirectionTop R&B Artist: RihannaTop Rap Artist: Nicki MinajTop Country Artist: Taylor SwiftTop Rock Artist: fun.Top Latin Artist: Jenni RiveraTop Dance Artist: MadonnaTop EDM Artist: David GuettaTop Christian Artist: tobyMac

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