Wrap Up: 2012 Billboard Music Awards

May 21, 2012 By:
Wrap Up: 2012 Billboard Music Awards

While you were out enjoying family time last night, some of your favorite artists were getting awards for being awesome at their jobs.

The 2012 Billboard Music Awards took place on Sunday night at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. The event aired on ABC.

Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, and Usher were some of the few names to hit the stage to perform. Brown’s psychedelic glow in the dark colors and flying stunt bikes on his performance “Turn Up the Music” and Katy Perry’s acrobatic “Part of Me” were eye candy for the night. Usher settled for a massively impressive choreographed dance number to his new single “Scream.”

Possibly the most impressive moment was when Jordin Sparks took the stage and made everyone’s jaw drop with her version of “I Will Always Love You” in honor of the late and great Whitney Houston. Sparks costars with Houston in the upcoming summer film Sparkle set in the 1960’s about three sisters who hit it big in Motown.

Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina and sister-in-law Pat Houston took the stage following the performance in an emotional but grateful acceptance of Houston’s Millennium Award.

"I just really want to say thank you to everyone who supported us through it all,” Bobbi Kristina said. "Thank you so much for showing that much love, 'cause she deserved it. There will never be another one, ever. I thank you so much."

Other deceased stars honored at the event were Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, Donna Summer, and Bee Gee Robin Gibb, who passed away just prior to the broadcast.

Keeping it light and fun whenever possible were “Modern Family” stars Julie Bowen and Ty Burnell who hosted the event. Even though then began by addressing the obvious (i.e. “Why are the two whitest people in the world hosting Billboard Awards?”), they pulled it off and their on screen chemistry shined through on stage.

Here is a list some of the top award winners and nominees for the event:

Top Artist:
Adele

Lady Gaga

Lil Wayne

Katy Perry

Rihanna

Top New Artist:

Bad Meets Evil

Big Sean

Foster the People

Scotty McCreery
Wiz Khalifa

Top Male Artist:

Justin Bieber

Chris Brown

Drake
Lil Wayne

Bruno Mars

Top Female Artist:
Adele

Lady Gaga

Nicki Minaj

Katy Perry

Rihanna

Top Duo/Group:

The Black Eyed Peas

Coldplay

Lady Antebellum
LMFAO

Maroon 5

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Adele 21

Michael Buble Christmas

Drake Take Care

Lady Gaga Born This Way

Lil Wayne Tha Carter IV

Top Hot 100 Song:

Adele "Rolling in the Deep"
LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock "Party Rock Anthem"

Maroon 5 Featuring Christina Aguilera "Moves Like Jagger"

Kay Perry Feat. Kanye West "E.T."

Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer "Give Me Everything"

Top Pop Artist:
Adele

Lady Gaga

LMFAO

Katy Perry

Rihanna

Top R&B Artist:

Beyonce
Chris Brown

Cee Lo Green

Miguel

Rihanna

Top Rap Artist:

Drake
Lil Wayne

LMFAO

Nicki Minaj

Wiz Khalifa

Top Country Artist:

Jason Aldean

Zac Brown Band
Lady Antebellum

Taylor Swift

Top Rock Artist:

The Black Keys
Coldplay

Foster the People

Foo Fighters

Mumford & Sons

Top Alternative Artist:

The Black Keys
Coldplay

Foster the People

Foo Fighters Mumford & Sons

Top Latin Artist:

Mana Pitbull

Prince Royce

Romeo Santos
Shakira

Top Dance Artist:

David Guetta
Lady Gaga

LMFAO

Rihanna

Britney Spears