Justin Bieber, Eminem Win Big at Billboard Music Awards
Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Usher, Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons and Taio Cruz also are among the night's big winners.
Veteran rapper Eminem and teen pop sensation Justin Bieber dominated the 2011's Billboard Music Awards, each taking home a total of six official awards Sunday night.
There was a six-way tie for second place between Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Usher, Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons and Taio Cruz, who each won three trophies.
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 previously won two 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 eight career Billboard Music Awards. His awards were not given out during the ceremony.
Bieber, the Billboard.com Fan Favorite Award Winner, was also 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-ever Billboard Music Awards.
Bieber embraced girlfriend Selena Gomez before heading to the stage to accept his award. The couple arrived in the same car, but the actress walked the red carpet alone while Bieber headed straight inside the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Said host Ken Jeong (The Hangover II) of the pair: "Are they not the cutest couple in the universe?"
Backstage at the show, Bieber was asked what kind of songs he wants to include on his new album.
"Songs with meaning and significance," he said. "I want to focus on myself and get into what I'm feeling."
Winning two Billboard Music Awards each were Katy Perry, Shakira, Chris Tomlin and Train.
The show also featured three special awards: Beyonce Knowles and Neil Diamond were honored with a Millennium and an Icon Award, respectively, for their career achievements, and U2 won the Touring trophy.
Beyonce received an all-star tribute from a host of luminaries, including First Lady Michelle Obama; singing legend Barbra Streisand; pop star Lady Gaga; U2 frontman Bono; and the incomparable Stevie Wonder. Meanwhile, 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 one Billboard Music Award.
The ceremony also featured performances from the Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Keith Urban, Cruz, Cee Lo Green, Lady Antebellum, Nicki Minaj, Ke$ha, Far*East Movement, Pitbull, Mary J. Blige with Lil Wayne, OneRepublic and a special performance by Diamond.
Afterward, Jeong said hosting the show was "an amazing opportunity."
"I'm relieved and excited and can't believe it happened," he said of the show.
As for his own musical prowess, put on display Sunday night: "I hadn't played classical piano since I was a kid, I was so nervous, I practiced for a month."
Presenters at the award show included Bieber, Gomez, Kylie Minogue, Trey Songz, Scott Weiland, and Swift.
The Awards' finalists and winners were determined by a combination of chart performances 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 46award categories were based on measures provided by Billboard's data partners including sales data from 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 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.
This is the first year that ABC broadcasted the event and marks the first Billboard Music Awards show since 2007.
A complete list of winners can be found on the next page.