The 2014 Billboard Music Awards, hosted by musician and actor Ludacris, made television history on Sunday night with a show bursting with never-before-seen superstar duos, explosive premiere performances and a once-in-a-lifetime Michael Jackson experience. The show aired live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on ABC.
Justin Timberlake was the night’s big winner, taking home 7 awards including Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, and Top R&B Album. Timberlake also took the lead in Album award wins with two. The record breaking summer hit “Blurred Lines” won the most Song categories with 4 wins in Top Hot 100 Song, Top Digital Song, Top Radio Song, and Top R&B Song. Imagine Dragons followed Timberlake with 5 artist awards including Top Duo/Group, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Rock Artist, Top Rock Album and Top Streaming Song (Audio). Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and T.I. each won 4 awards throughout the night as well.
The show opened with international superstars Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte debuting their official 2014 FIFA World Cup song “We Are One (Ole Ola).” The stage filled with colorful images of the worlds’ flags as the three stars were joined by dancers, drummers and flag girls to share this new anthem with the crowd. In addition to kicking off the night’s musical performances, Lopez was honored with the prestigious ICON Award, making her the first woman in the four years of its existence, to receive the award for their remarkable and enduring contribution to popular music.
Television history was made with a thrilling, multi-dimensional dance performance of Michael Jackson’s “Slave to the Rhythm” during which fans experienced the groundbreaking magic and fantasy we know to expect from the greatest entertainer of all time. The performance was created for fans by the Estate of Michael Jackson to capture the essence, the excitement and the magic that Jackson embodied. Produced by the Estate and Pulse Evolution, it took over a year, and a team of 104 cast and crew, to create this one-of-a-kind full stage experience to showcase all that Michael was.
Milestone Award winner Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert made the television debut of their yet-to-be released new duet “Somethin’ Bad,” while Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande performed their chart-topping single “Problem,” surrounded by a spirited cheerleading squad. Azalea also performed her hit “Fancy.”
The evening featured special performances by Australian pop-punk band 5 Seconds of Summer who made their U.S. television performance debut with “She Looks So Perfect,” which hit No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 200 Chart. Luke Bryan made a surprise appearance during country duo Florida Georgia Line’s performance of “This Is How We Roll,” before taking to the stage solo to perform his own “Play It Again.” Imagine Dragons performed “Tiptoe,” from their multi-platinum album “Night Visions” and took home the second most awards of any artist of the night with five.
Jason Derulo owned the stage during a performance of his hit “Talk Dirty,” which reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 list. John Legend sang his soulful “All of Me,” Robin Thicke delivered a heartfelt “Get Her Back”, and rock band OneRepublic pumped the crowd up with their hit “Counting Stars,” which has spent an impressive 47 weeks on the charts. Katy Perry sang “Birthday,” another television first, while Cyrus made her television debut performance of “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” featuring The Flaming Lips. Lorde sang Billboard Adult Pop chart-topping hit “Tennis Court”, and Shakira sang a spicy rendition of her song “Empire.” Lopez also sang her newest single off her upcoming tenth album, “First Love.” Also debuting music from the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Ricky Martin sprang up through the stage floor to perform his new single “Vida,” which got everyone in the audience up on their feet.
See below for a full list of winners.
Top Artist: Justin Timberlake
Top New Artist: Lorde
Top Male Artist: Justin Timberlake
Top Female Artist: Katy Perry
Top Duo/Group: Imagine Dragons
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Justin Timberlake
Top Hot 100 Artist: Imagine Dragons
Top Digital Songs Artist: Katy Perry
Top Radio Songs Artist: Justin Timberlake
Top Touring Artist: Bon Jovi
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
Top Billboard 200 Album: Justin Timberlake “The 20/20 Experience”
Top R&B Album: Justin Timberlake “The 20/20 Experience”
Top Rap Album: Eminem “The Marshall Mathers LP 2”
Top Country Album: Luke Bryan “Crash My Party”
Top Rock Album: Imagine Dragons “Night Visions”
Top Latin Album: Marc Anthony “3.0”
Top Dance/Electronic Album: Daft Punk “Random Access Memories”
Top Christian Album: Alan Jackson “Precious Memories: Volume II”
Top Hot 100 Song: Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell “Blurred Lines”
Top Digital Song: Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell “Blurred Lines”
Top Radio Song: Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell “Blurred Lines”
Top Streaming Song (Audio): Imagine Dragons “Radioactive”
Top Streaming Song (Video): Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball”
Top R&B Song: Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell “Blurred Lines”
Top Rap Song: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Ray Dalton “Can’t Hold Us”
Top Country Song: Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nelly “Cruise”
Top Rock Song: Lorde “Royals”
Top Latin Song: Marc Anthony “Vivir Mi Vida”
Top Dance/Electronic Song: Avicii “Wake Me Up!”
Top Christian Song: Matthew West “Hello, My Name Is”
The 2014 Billboard Music Awards is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan are Executive Producers. Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are Producers.