Billboard Music Awards 2014
Billboard Music Awards 2014

Sunday night was the Billboard Music Awards and it was a phenomenal success. It had an average of 10.5 million people viewing which is a significant spike of 11 percent from last year and is the most watched edition of this award show in 13 years. Ludacris hosted the show with his witty talents and infectious personality to keep the crowd light hearted and pleased. The rapper was assisted by a diverse group of presenters such as Ke$ha, Josh Groban, Lucy Hale, Kelly Rowland, and Shania Twain just to name a few.

Part of the success of this program had to do with the great array of performances including:
– Pitbull featuring JLO
– OneRepublic
– Iggy Azalea
– Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan
– Shakira
– 5 Seconds of Summer
– Katy Perry
– Imagine Dragons
– Ricky Martin
– Lorde
– Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert
– Miley Cyrus and The Flaming Lips
– John Legend
– Jason Derulo, Snoop Dogg, and 2 Chainz
– Robin Thicke debuting his new song ‘Get Her Back’

The most talked about performance of the evening was the Michael Jackson hologram performing ‘Slave to the Rhythm’ from his posthumous album. The iconic pop star, who died in June 2009, was able to grace this stage with his incredible talents via a hologram projection making him appear just as life-like as any other performer that night. The King of Pop busted out signature moves and caused many fans to wipe away tears or try to imitate his stylistic dancing in their seats. The performance definitely made history and added a lot to what made this night so joyously successful.

A big winner of this program, Justin Timberlake, funnily enough wasn’t even in the country at this time to accept his many honors and awards. To name just a couple of the numerous awards:
– Top Artist – Justin Timberlake
– Top Hot 100 Song – “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell
– Top Billboard 200 Album – Justin Timberlake, “The 20/20 Experience”
– Top Duo/Group – Imagine Dragons
– Top New Artist – Lorde
– Top Touring Artist – Bon Jovi
– Top Male Artist – Justin Timberlake
– Top Female Artist – Katy Perry
– Top 100 Artist – Imagine Dragons
– Top Billboard 200 Artist – Justin Timberlake
– Top Digital Songs Artist – Katy Perry
– Top Radio Songs Artist – Justin Timberlake
– Top Social Artist – Justin Bieber
– Top Streaming Artist – Miley Cyrus
– Top R&B Artist – Justin Timberlake
– Top Rap Artist – Eminem
– Top Country Artist – Luke Bryan
– Top Rock Artist – Imagine Dragons
– Top Latin Artist – Marc Anthony
– Top Dance / Electronic Artist – Daft Punk
– Top Christian Artist – Chris Tomlin

Carrie Underwood accepting Milestone Award
Carrie Underwood accepting Milestone Award

Carrie Underwood also took home the Milestone Award, the only fan-voted award of this show. It’s based off of originality and innovation of their music choices with the three finalists being OneRepublic, Carrie Underwood, and Ellie Goulding. Yet in the end Underwood was the victor. She was very surprised and pleased to know that she has so much support behind her fan base and felt so honored to receive this award.

Overall, the night was full of surprises and general adoration of the entire spectrum of music.

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Disney | ABC Television Group via photopin cc