The 2012 Billboard Music Awards went down in Las Vegas on Sunday (May 20), and it was Adele who cleaned up by taking home a whopping 12 honors … but LMFAO wasn’t far behind, garnering six awards before the evening came to a close.
While Adele took home the night’s big honors (including Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, and Top Pop Album), Los Angeles-bred duo LMFAO killed it with their smash single “Party Rock Anthem”, off their 2011 sophomore album Sorry For Party Rocking.
The duo took home honors for Top Duo/Group, beating out the likes of Maroon 5 and Lady Antebellum; and also honors for “Party Rock Anthem” in the Top Hot 100 Song, Top Digital Song, Top Pop Song, Top R&B Song, and Top Rap Song categories.
“This is amazing. This is a dream,” LMFAO’s Red Foo said when accepting for Hot 100 Song.
In addition to being on the evening’s big winners, LMFAO also kicked off the evening by performing a trifecta of their hits (“Party Rock Anthem” / “Sorry for the Party Rocking” / “I’m Sexy and I Know It”) in a neatly packaged medley.
Lil Wayne had a big evening, taking home honors for Top Male Artist, Top Rap Artist, and Top Rap Album for Tha Carter IV, but wasn’t on-hand to accept the trophies. Instead, he chimed in on Twitter (@LilTuneChi) later in the evening to say thanks.
“Wow!! I would most definitely like 2 thank God, my family,friends,& fans & the Billboard awards 4 appreciating hard work. I love u all,” Weezy wrote. “And I’m so sorry that I wasn’t there!!! Very sorry! But I am truly grateful for everything. And honest to God,tears dropped. Love u all”
Aside from awards, the Billboard Music Awards featured over 15 live performances, including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Usher, John Legend, and the Goodie Mob.
While Usher performed his new single “Scream” alongside 20 dancers, Justin Bieber offered one of the evening’s most well-received performances of his smash hit “Boyfriend.”
G.O.O.D. Music singer John Legend took the stage during the ceremony for a tribute to the late Whitney Houston, backed by a full orchestra. He performed “The Greatest Love of All,” while Jordin Sparks sang Houston’s “Bodyguard” smash, “I Will Always Love You.” Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, accepted the Millennium Award for her mother.
Other late music icons were also remember. Early in the show, hosts Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) took a moment to recognize Bee Gee Barry Gibb, who passed away earlier in the day. Later, Natasha Bedingfield stepped in to pay tribute to Donna Summer, who died Thursday (May 17) following a battle with cancer. And, to honor Beastie Boys member, Adam “MCA” Yauch (who lost his battle with cancer May 4), Cee-Lo Green and Goodie Mob added the classic “Fight for Your Right” hit to their current single “Fight to Win.”
Below is a full list of the evening’s winners:
Top Artist – Adele
Top Hot 100 Song – “Party Rock Anthem”, LMFAO
Top Billboard 200 Album – 21, Adele
Top Duo/Group – LMFAO
Top New Artist – Wiz Khalifa
Top Male Artist – Lil Wayne
Top Female Artist – Adele
Top Touring Artist – U2
Top Hot 100 Artist – Adele
Top Billboard 200 Artist – Adele
Top Digital Songs Artist – Adele
Top Radio Songs Artist – Adele
Top Social Artist – Justin Bieber
Top Streaming Artist – Rihanna
Top Digital Media Artist – Adele
Top Pop Artist – Adele
Top R&B Artist – Chris Brown
Top Rap Artist – Lil Wayne
Top Latin Artist – Shakira
Top Dance Artist – Lady Gaga
Top Pop Album – 21, Adele
Top R&B Album – 4, Beyonce
Top Rap Album – Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne
Top Digital Song – “Party Rock Anthem”, LMFAO
Top Streaming Song (Audio) – “Rolling In The Deep,” Adele
Top Radio Song – “Give Me Everything”, Pitbull
Top Steaming Song (Video) – “Super Bass”, Nicki Minaj
Top Pop Song – “Party Rock Anthem”, LMFAO
Top R&B Song – “Motiviation”, Kelly Rowland
Top Dance Song – Party Rock Anthem”, LMFAO
Top Rap Song – Party Rock Anthem”, LMFAO