Taylor Swift 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’.
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.”
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 Swift
Top New Artist: One Direction
Top Male Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Duo/Group: One Direction
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 Artist: Maroon 5
Top Digital Songs Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Radio Songs Artist: Rihanna
Top Touring Artist: Madonna
Top Social Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Streaming Artist: Nicki Minaj
Top Pop Artist: One Direction
Top R&B Artist: Rihanna
Top Rap Artist: Nicki Minaj
Top Country Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Rock Artist: fun.
Top Latin Artist: Jenni Rivera
Top Dance Artist: Madonna
Top EDM Artist: David Guetta
Top Christian Artist: tobyMac