Taylor Swift dominated the recently concluded Billboard Music Awards, winning 8 major titles that include 'Top Artist' and 'Top Billboard 200 Artist.' The annual awards show, which was hosted this year by model Chrissy Teigen and rapper Ludacris, also featured live performances from Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Meghan Trainor, Van Halen and more.
The show kicked off with the debut of Swift's new music video Bad Blood which starred Lena Dunham and Selena Gomez. The night's first award went to the British group "One Direction" for Top Duo/Group. Liam Payne, one of the group's members, shared the award with former co-member Zayn Malik.
"There is one more person to share this with, and that's our brother Zayn," said Payne.
The group also won "Top Touring Artist."
For the night's first live performance, the audience was treated with the 1984 hit "Panama" by Van Halen. Mariah Carey gave two performances wherein she somehow brought a whole new meaning to the old adage "something old and something new" when she sang Vision of Love, her first hit, and Infinity, her latest single. Britney Spears performed her new single Pretty Girls while Meghan Trainor had a duet number with John Legend.
Other live performances came from Little Big Town with Faith Hill and Pitbull with Chris Brown.
Swift was also the night's lead nominee, earning at least 14 nominations.
"Oh, this is such a good night!," said Swift after winning the show's top prize. "Early this morning I watched my brother Austin graduate from Notre Dame...(and) to anyone who's graduating this year...this is for you."
Kanye West also gave out a smoky performance for the song All Day which closed the event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. There's no explanation why the audience reacted with a "boo." Maybe the reaction was meant for the song, for the performance or for the artist himself.
Here is the complete list of this year's winners in the annual Billboard Music Awards.
1. Top Artist - Taylor Swift
2. Top Female Artist - Taylor Swift
3. Top Billboard 200 Artist - Taylor Swift
4. Top Hot 100 Artist - Taylor Swift
5. Top Digital Songs Artist - Taylor Swift
6. Billboard Chart Achievement Award, Fan-Voted - Taylor Swift
7. Top Male Artist - Sam Smith
8. Top Duo/Group - One Direction
9. Top Touring Artist - One Direction
10. Top New Artist - Sam Smith
11. Top Country Artist - Florida Georgia Line
12. Top Social Artist - Justin Bieber
13. Top Streaming Artist - Iggy Azalea
14. Top R&B Artist - Pharrell Williams
15. Top Rap Artist - Iggy Azalea
16. Top Rock Artist - Hozier
17. Top Latin Artist - Romeo Santos
18. Top Dance/Electronic Artist - Calvin Harris
19. Top Christian Artist - Hillsong United
1. Top Rock Song - Take Me to Church by Hozier
2. Top Latin Song - Bailando by Enrique Iglesias featuring Gente de Zona and Descemer Bueno
3. Top Christian Song - Something in the Water by Carrie Underwood
4. Top Dance/Electronic Song - Turn Down For What by DJ Snake & Lil Jon
5. Top Streaming Song (Video) - Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
6. Top Streaming Song (Audio) - All of Me by John Legend
7. Top Digital Song - All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor
8. Top Rap Song - Fancy by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
9. Top Radio Song - All of Me by John Legend
10. Top Hot 100 Song - All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor
1. Top Billboard 200 Album - 1989 by Taylor Swift
2. Top Soundtrack - Frozen
3. Top R&B Album - GIRL by Pharrell Williams
4. Top Latin Album - Sex and Love by Enrique Iglesias
5. Top Rap Album - 2014 Forest Hills Drive by J. Cole
6. Top Christian Album - Anomaly by Lecrae
7. Top Country Album - Old Boots, New Dirt by Jason Aldean
8. Top Rock Album - Ghost Stories by Coldplay