Last night’s Billboard Awards aired on ABC, but there was a whole lot of Fox going on as three previous winners of American Idol stole the show. Those three women Grammy winners Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood and Grammy nominee Jordin Sparks all gave astounding performances that made everyone else look pretty silly. Kelly did her amazing new single “Dark Side” and it was simply a gorgeous vocal (and she looked wonderful too) while Carrie threw down the gauntlet with a soaring version of her next single “Blown Away”. However, I actually think the best performance of the night belonged to Sparks who tackled the late great Whitney Houston‘s “I Will Always Love You” in a special tribute to her. It was beautiful, powerful and emotional and a fitting tribute to this brilliant lost singer who Sparks will costar with in her final film this summer, Sparkle.
There were other performances of course and I will rank them below, but the night was also about awards as Billboard handed out trophies for the biggest hits, albums and artists of the past year. Adele (who was conspicuously absent and thus all of her wins were off camera) was the big winner with 12 awards including Artist and Album of the Year. LMFAO grabbed 6 awards while Coldplay nabbed 4. For more on the awards show which also featured tributes to Stevie Wonder and the recently passed Queen of Disco Donna Summer and all the winners, head to Billboard here. And check out all the winners below.
2012 Billboard Music Award Winners~
Top Artist: Adele
Top New Artist: Wiz Khalifa
Top Male Artist: Lil Wayne
Top Female Artist: Adele
Top Duo/Group: – LMFAO
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Adele
Top Hot 100 Artist: Adele
Top Digital Songs Artist: – Adele
Top Radio Songs Artist: – Adele
Top Touring Artist – U2
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 Country Artist: – Lady Antebellum
Top Rock Artist: – Coldplay
Top Alternative Artist: – Coldplay
Top Latin Artist – Shakira
Top Dance Artist – Lady Gaga
Top Christian Artist – Casting Crowns
Top Billboard 200 Album: – Adele “21”
Top Pop Album – Adele “21”
Top R&B Album – Beyonce “4”
Top Rap Album: – Lil Wayne “Tha Carter IV”
Top Country Album: – Jason Aldean “My Kinda Party”
Top Rock Album: – Coldplay “Mylo Xyloto”
Top Alternative Album: – Coldplay “Mylo Xyloto”
Top Latin Album: -Romeo Santos “Formula: Vol. 1″
Top Dance Album: – Lady Gaga “Born This Way”
Top Christian Album: – Casting Crowns “Come To The Well”
Top Hot 100 Song: – LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem”
Top Digital Song : – LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem”
Top Radio Song: – Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer “Give Me Everything”
Top Streaming Song (Audio): – Adele “Rolling in the Deep”
Top Streaming Song (Video): – Nicki Minaj “Super Bass”
Top Pop Song: – LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem”
Top R&B Song: – Kelly Rowland Feat. Lil Wayne “Motivation”
Top Rap Song: – LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem”
Top Country Song: – Jason Aldean “Dirt Road Anthem”
Top Rock Song: – Foster The People “Pumped Up Kicks”
Top Alternative Song: – Adele “Rolling In The Deep”
Top Latin Song: – Don Omar & Lucenzo “Danza Kuduro”
Top Dance Song: – LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem”
Top Christian Song: – Laura Story “Blessings”
Ranking the 2012 Billboard Award Performances:
~ the great
1. Jordin Sparks- “I Will Always Love You”: brilliant and heartbreaking
2. Carrie Underwood- “Blown Away”: FANtastic… literally!
3. Kelly Clarkson- “Dark Side”: all hail Ms. Clarkson!
4. John Legend- “Greatest Love of All”: lovely
5. CeeLo Green & Goodie Mob- “Fight to Win/Fight for Your Right to Party”: awesome and that one-legged dancer was incredible!
~ the pretty good
6. Usher- “Scream”
7. Stevie Wonder & Alicia Keyes medley
8. The Wanted- “Chasing the Sun/Glad You Came”: um, yes, they’re hot and I think they were on key!
9. Carly Rae Jepsen- “Call Me Maybe”: well, that was surprisingly delightful!
10. Natasha Bedingfield- “Last Dance”: it felt a bit off vocally at times, but it was a nice sentiment to the late Ms. Summer
~ the decent
11. LMFAO- “Party Rock Anthem/Sexy and I Know It”: it was a hot mess, but a really fun one
12. Linkin Park- “Building it Up”
~ the BAD
13. Katy Perry- “Wide Awake”: um, Pink did that at the Grammys a million times better than you girl
14. Justin Bieber- “Boyfriend”: boyfriend sure likes to lip sync for his life!
15. Nelly Furtado- “Big Hoops”: has her voice always been this awful, nasal and annoying? And um, that song kinda sucks.
16. Chris Brown- “Turn Up the Radio: Um, everything he does is awful. He is a hateful talentless lip syncing turd.
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