by Chinwe Okafor
This year’s edition of Billboard music Awards saw a lot of drama and eye openers.
However, pop star Taylor Swift swept the board at the awards, winning eight of the 14 categories in which she was nominated for best female artist, best streaming song for Shake It Off and the ceremony’s top honour, artist of the year. Also british star Sam Smith won best new artist – and accepted his trophy using flash cards after having vocal surgery.
But the drama of them all was when Kanye West was booed as he closed the show with a medley of hits. He was also clad in his own costume designed by the rapper himself- a bullet proof vest.
Other artists were more favourably received, with Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea receiving a standing ovation for the first performance of their new song, Pretty Girls.
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea won top rap song for Fancy, her collaboration with Britain’s Charli XCX, while John Legend won Top radio song for All Of Me.
Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass was named top digital song and top Hot 100 song, recognising its US chart performance.
Coldplay won best rock album for Ghost Stories, while Irish singer Hozier picked up best rock song for Take Me To Church.
In tribute to the late singer Ben E King, rock band Imagine Dragons performed Stand By Me to an audience that included the late singer’s daughters and granddaughters.
And presenter Ludacris also gave a touching tribute to blues star BB King, who died on Friday.
Full list of winners
- Top artist: Taylor Swift
- Top new artist: Sam Smith
- Top male artist: Sam Smith
- Top female artist: Taylor Swift
- Top duo/group: One Direction
- Top Billboard 200 artist: Taylor Swift
- Top Hot 100 artist: Taylor Swift
- Top digital songs artist: Taylor Swift
- Top radio songs artist: Sam Smith
- Top touring artist: One Direction
- Top social artist: Justin Bieber
- Top streaming artist: Iggy Azalea
- Top R&B artist: Pharrell Williams
- Top rap artist: Iggy Azalea
- Top country artist: Florida Georgia Line
- Top rock artist: Hozier
- Top Latin artist: Romeo Santos
- Top dance/electronic artist: Calvin Harris
- Top Christian artist: Hillsong
- Top Billboard 200 album: Taylor Swift, 1989
- Top soundtrack: Frozen
- Top R&B album: Pharrell, GIRL
- Top rap album: J Cole, 2014 Forest Hill Drive
- Top country album: Jason Aldean, Old Boots, New Dirt
- Top rock album: Coldplay, Ghost Stories
- Top Latin Album: Enrique Iglesias, Sex and Love
- Top dance/electronic album: Lindsey Stirling, Shatter Me
- Top Christian album: Lecrae, Anomaly
- Top Hot 100 song: Meghan Trainor, All About That Bass
- Top digital song: Meghan Trainor, All About That Bass
- Top radio song: John Legend, All Of Me
- Top streaming song (audio): John Legend, All Of Me
- Top streaming song (video): Taylor Swift, Shake It Off
- Top R&B song: Pharrell, Happy
- Top rap song: Iggy Azalea Feat. Charli XCX, Fancy
- Top country song: Jason Aldean, Burnin’ It Down
- Top rock song: Hozier, Take Me To Church
- Top Latin song: Enrique Iglesias Featuring Descemer, Bailando
- Top dance/electronic song: DJ Snake & Lil Jon, Turn Down For What
- Top Christian song: Carrie Underwood, Something In The Water
- Billboard chart achievement award: Taylor Swift