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"Billboard" Music Awards Air Live from Vegas Sunday

(LAS VEGAS) -- Star-studded collaborations are on tap for Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards, airing live on ABC from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Fans will see solo artists like Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars perform, of course, but they'll also enjoy some musical collaborations during the telecast, which starts at 8 p.m. ET. 

Justin Bieber is actually doing double duty Sunday night: he'll sing his song "Take You" solo, and then team up with for their collaboration, "#thatpower." Pitbull is also doing double duty: he'll perform "Live It Up" with Jennifer Lopez, as well as "Feel This Moment" with Christina Aguilera and an unannounced "special guest." We're betting that special guest will be A-ha, the Norwegian '80s pop group whose song "Take On Me" is sampled in "Feel This Moment."

Other collaborations include David Guetta, Ne-Yo & Akon, who'll perform the song "Play Hard," and Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne, who'll perform "High School."

Solo performers on the show include Swift and Bruno Mars -- debuting his new single "Treasure" --  as well as Ed Sheeran, Selena Gomez, Chris Brown, Miguel, The Band Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Icona Pop and even music legend Prince, who will receive the Billboard Icon Award during the telecast.

Other stars who'll appear on the show include Madonna, who'll receive a special award for her top-grossing MDNA tour; and presenters Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Ke$ha, Carly Rae Jepsen, Miley Cyrus, PSY, Kid Rock, Cee Lo Green and Alanis Morissette.

As for the actual awards, Taylor, fun. and Maroon 5 are the leading nominees. Because there are so many different Billboard charts, it's impossible to list who's nominated in every single category, but Taylor, fun. and Maroon 5 are finalists in 11 different ones. Taylor and Maroon 5 also are both competing for the night's big honor: Top Artist of the Year. The other nominees in that category are Rihanna, Justin Bieber and One Direction.

Speaking of Rihanna, she's nominated in 10 different categories, while Carly Rae Jepsen's represented in nine, thanks to the success of "Call Me Maybe." One Direction is represented in eight categories.

Here are the nominees in a few of the biggest Billboard Music Awards categories:

Top 100 Song
"Some Nights"
"Somebody That I Used to Know"
"Call Me Maybe"
"One More Night"

Top Billboard 200 Album
Up All Night
Take Me Home

Top Duo/Group
Maroon 5
One Direction
Mumford & Sons

Top New Artist
Carly Rae Jepsen
The Lumineers
One Direction

Top Pop Artist
Maroon 5
Bruno Mars
Justin Bieber
One Direction

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Casino Investigates Bobbi Kristina Gambling Incident

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABC(LAS VEGAS) -- It seems Bobbi Kristina Brown had a little too much fun over the weekend while in Las Vegas for the Billboard Music Awards’ tribute to her late mother, Whitney Houston. has posted video of Bobbi Kristina gambling on a slot machine alongside her pal — and rumored boyfriend — Nick Gordon at the MGM Resort and Casino on Saturday night. The problem: you have to be 21 or older to gamble in Vegas, and she’s only 19.

According to TMZ, the casino has launched an internal investigation into the matter. TMZ notes that underage gambling is a misdemeanor offense in Nevada and is subject to punishment of up to six months in jail or a one-thousand-dollar fine.

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Chris Brown's Latest Controversy? Lip-Syncing

Chris Polk/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- R&B star Chris Brown is in the middle of controversy once again, this time over whether he may have turned up the music a little too much during his dance-heavy performance at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night.

Brown had not even finished performing his new single “Turn the Music Up” at the star-studded awards show in Las Vegas before some of his fellow music stars began to turn up the heat on him, on Twitter.

“What happened to people singing live???,” boy band member Joe Jonas tweeted.

“One day if I lip-sync, I hope I do it as well as him,” rocker Pink wrote at nearly the same time.

Despite the backlash, music industry insiders say lip-syncing is not as rare as people think.

“It’s always been done,” Ian Drew, senior editor at Us Weekly told ABC News.  “You need to get the perfect shot, and you can’t do a take again, especially when it’s live TV.”

The debate over musicians lip-syncing has gone on for decades, insiders say, long before Britney Spears made her infamous blunder onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards and well before Ashlee Simpson walked off the Saturday Night Live set when an incorrect audio track caught her lip-syncing red-handed.

“If you look back, the greatest singers and most prolific artists of all time have lip-synced on TV, whether it be Prince on American Bandstand or Madonna on the VMAs or Aretha Franklin on Soul Train,” Drew said.  “Everybody uses it to some effect.”

For his part, Brown did not address his critics immediately, waiting until Monday morning to send out a cryptic tweet.

“Don’t hold ya breath waiting for me to stop doing me!,” he wrote.

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2012 Billboard Music Awards Handed Out in Las Vegas

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(LAS VEGAS) -- The 2012 Billboard Music Awards were heavy on performances, but only a handful of actual trophies were handed out during the show.

Ty Burell and Julie Bowen of ABC’s Modern Family hosted the three-hour ABC broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday night and kicked off the show with profanity-laced spoofs of R&B, country and children’s videos.  

The two also paid tribute to the Bee Gees’ Robin Gibb, who died earlier on Sunday.

LMFAO opened the show with a medley of their hits “Party Rock Anthem,” “Sorry for Party Rockin’” and “Sexy and I Know It.”  They later accepted the Hot 100 Song of the Year trophy for “Party Rock Anthem” and the Duo/Group award.

Justin Bieber took the first award of the night, taking the Social Artist of the Year trophy.  He thanked everyone for their support over the last five years as he’s grown up in the public eye. Bieber later delivered his latest hit, “Boyfriend,” using neon pops of color to accentuate his big production performance.

Lisa Marie Presley presented the Spotlight Award to Katy Perry, who scored five number ones on the Billboard Hot 100 from her album Teenage Dream.  Michael Jackson is the only other artist to pull that off.  Perry said she was honored to be in that company, but added she didn’t feel she compared to Jackson though.

Perry returned later in the show to sing her new single “Wide Awake,” which will be featured in her new concert movie, Katy Perry: Part of Me, later this summer.  She called the song the most personal, intimate song she’s ever released.

A newly svelte Kelly Clarkson took the stage to sing her brand-new single, “Dark Side.”  She was introduced by Robin Thicke -- her fellow mentor on ABC’s upcoming music competition series, Duets.

UK boy band The Wanted were on hand to sing “Chasing the Sun” before moving on to their new big hit “Glad You Came.”

Miley Cyrus wore a white and very revealing man’s suit jacket as a dress to present the New Artist award to Wiz Khalifa.  Khalifa admitted he was shaking as he accepted the trophy.  He later paid tribute to the late Adam Yauch, better known as MCA of the Beastie Boys.

Chris Brown sang his new hit, “Turn Up the Music,” after an introduction from Brandy.  The performance featured Brown dancing with a group of backup dancers and people riding bikes with lighted spokes on a ramp behind him.  Brown later accepted the R&B Artist trophy, thanking his fans and the radio stations that played his records.

Natasha Bedingfield gave the evening’s tribute to the late Donna Summer with a performance of “Last Dance.”

Whoopi Goldberg was on hand to introduce the Whitney Houston tribute portion of the show.  John Legend kicked it off by singing “Greatest Love of All,” and Houston’s Sparkle co-star Jordin Sparks delivered the late legend’s signature hit, “I Will Always Love You.”

Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown and sister-in-law Pat Houston were in the audience for the tribute and later came onstage to accept the Billboard Millennium Award on Houston’s behalf.

Kris Kristofferson opened the tribute to Billboard’s Woman of the Year, Taylor Swift, who was honored for her record breaking career.  Zooey Deschanel came out to recognize Swift’s philanthropic efforts too and introduce her to accept her Woman of the Year trophy.

Swift thanked her fans for the trophy, saying, “I’m so humbled and honored by this.”

Usher opened his performance of “Scream” in a top hat and tuxedo, dancing with a masked woman in red dress and cape.  The woman suddenly disappeared, and a man who looked just like Usher wearing the same outfit appeared onstage.  They performed the same dance routine side-by-side before the real Usher finished out the song in command of the stage.

Carly Rae Jepsen gave the first big awards show performance of her big hit “Call Me Maybe.”

Luke Bryan introduced Carrie Underwood’s dramatic performance of “Blown Away,” the title cut from her bestselling new album.

Linkin Park delivered a fiery performance of their new single, “Burn It Down,” from their upcoming album Living Things.

Cee Lo Green reunited with his group Goodie Mob to sing “Fight to Win” before launching into the Beastie Boys’ “Fight for Your Right” in tribute to Yauch.

Taio Cruz introduced the winner of the Billboard Battle of the Band contest, Patent Pending, for their performance on the show.

Gavin DeGraw introduced Nelly Furtado to perform her new single “Big Hoops (Bigger the Better).”

Alicia Keys honored Stevie Wonder with Billboard’s Icon Award, teaming up with him for a medley of his hits “Higher Ground” and “Overjoyed.”  Wonder celebrated his birthday last week and asked Keys to sing “Empire State of Mind” as his birthday present.

After a speech asking for worldwide unity, Wonder sang a new song called “Join Our Love” before closing out the night with “Superstition.”

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Billboard Music Awards 2012 Winners List

Billboard(LAS VEGAS) -- Here are the winners from the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, held in Las Vegas on Sunday night:

Top Artist

Top New Artist
Wiz Khalifa

Top Male Artist
Lil Wayne

Top Female Artist

Top Duo/Group

Top Billboard 200 Artist


Top Hot 100 Artist


Top Digital Songs Artist

Top Radio Songs Artist

Top Touring Artist

Top Social Artist
Justin Bieber

Top Streaming Artist

Top Digital Media Artist

Top Pop Artist

Top R&B Artist
Chris Brown

Top Rap Artist
Lil Wayne

Top Country Artist
Lady Antebellum

Top Rock Artist

Top Alternative Artist

Top Latin Artist

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 featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, "Party Rock Anthem"

Top Digital Song
LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, "Party Rock Anthem"

Top Radio Song

Pitbull featuring 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 featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, "Party Rock Anthem"

Top R&B Song
Kelly Rowland featuring Lil Wayne, "Motivation"

Top Rap Song

LMFAO featuring 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 featuring. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, "Party Rock Anthem"

Top Christian Song
Laura Story, "Blessings"

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Star-Studded 2012 Billboard Music Awards Set for Sunday in Vegas

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(LAS VEGAS) -- This year's Billboard Music Awards, set for Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, will be quite the star-studded affair.  The telecast, which will air on ABC, will feature performances from Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, LMFAO, The Wanted, Nelly Furtado, Usher, Linkin Park and Chris Brown.

In addition, Katy Perry will be debuting a new song, "Wide Awake," on the telecast, and Whitney Houston will be posthumously honored with the Billboard Millennium Award.  Jordin Sparks and John Legend will perform a tribute to Whitney, and her daughter Bobbi Kristina and sister-in-law, Pat Houston, will be on hand to accept the award.

As if that weren't enough, Stevie Wonder will also be be presented with the prestigious Icon Award during the ceremony and will be saluted with an all-star tribute during the show.

Of course, there also will be some awards handed out -- lots of them, since Billboard has so many different charts.  Adele, LMFAO, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne are the top nominees for the awards, with Adele leading the pack as a finalist in 18 award categories, including Top Artist, Top Female Artist and Top Billboard 200 Artist.  LMFAO are finalists in 17 categories, while Rihanna is nominated in 13 categories and Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne are each nominated in 10 categories.

Taking a look at just a few of the top categories, the nominees for Top Artist overall are Adele, Gaga, Wayne, Katy Perry and Rihanna.  The nominees for Top Billboard 200 album are Adele's 21, Michael Buble's Christmas, Lady Gaga's Born This Way, Drake's Take Care and Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV.  The nominees for Top Billboard Hot 100 song are "Rolling in the Deep," "Party Rock Anthem," "Give Me Everything," "Moves Like Jagger" and "E.T."

Competing for Top Female Artist are Adele, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.  The Top Male Artist category pits Bruno Mars and Chris Brown against Drake, Justin Bieber and Lil Wayne.

The nominees for Top Duo/Group are Coldplay, Lady Antebellum, LMFAO, Maroon 5 and The Black Eyed Peas, and the Top New Artist nominees are Foster the People, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Scotty McCreery and Bad Meets Evil, featuring Eminem and Royce da 5'9.

Presenters at Sunday night's awards include Taio Cruz, Gavin DeGraw, Gladys Knight, Natasha Bedingfield, Julianne Hough and actor Jeremy Sisto.  The show will be hosted by Modern Family stars Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell.

The 2012 Billboard Music Awards will air Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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'Billboard' Music Awards Recap: Justin Bieber and Eminem Win Big

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(LAS VEGAS) -- Britney Spears made her mark at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night, performing not once, but twice at the Las Vegas event.

She surprised the crowd by joining Rihanna on stage to open the ABC broadcast.  They duetted on Rihanna's hit "S&M," grinding against stripper poles and engaging in pillow fights with male dancers while wearing skimpy leather outfits.  It was certainly a provocative way for Billboard's awards show to end its five-year hiatus.

In the third and final hour of the broadcast, Spears returned to the stage to work the remix of her hit "Till The World Ends" with her tour partner, Nicki Minaj.  Before Spears showed up, Minaj performed "Super Bass" while surrounded by a crew wearing similar blonde wigs.

Beyoncé's career was celebrated with the presentation of the Billboard Millennium Award.  First lady Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, U2's Bono and Beyoncé's parents were among those who shared kind words about her in a videotaped tribute.  It was followed by her live rendition of her new single, "Run the World (Girls)."  She then accepted her award, thanking her family, husband Jay-Z and the members of Destiny's Child, including the ones who left the group before they really hit it big.

A paparazzi-worthy moment came when Justin Bieber accepted the award for top new artist.  He kissed Selena Gomez immediately following the announcement, providing the first televised confirmation that the two are dating.

Bieber was the big winner at the awards show, along with Eminem: each artist received six trophies.  Bieber's victories came in the categories for top new artist, top social artist, top streaming artist, top digital media artist, top pop album and top streaming song.  Eminem picked up awards for top artist, top male artist, top Billboard 200 album, top rap artist, top rap song and top rap album.

Neil Diamond was the recipient of the Billboard Icon Award.  He closed the show by serenading the crowd with his hits "Sweet Caroline" and "America."

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Billboard Music Awards Air Sunday Night on ABC; Rihanna Leads Nominations

Island Def Jam(LAS VEGAS) -- The 2011 Billboard Music Awards will air Sunday night, May 22, on ABC, live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  Rihanna leads the nominations for the awards with a whopping 18 nods, including top artist.  Eminem has 16 nominations, Lady Gaga has a dozen and Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber have 11 nominations each.

The show will feature some interesting musical collaborations -- Mary J. Blige and Lil Wayne will team up for a number, while Far East Movement will join Ryan Tedder from Onerepublic and Snoop Dogg for, respectively, the songs Rocketeer and If I Was You (OMG).  In addition, Pitbull will perform Give Me Everything with Ne-Yo and Nayer.  Also, Train frontman Pat Monahan tweeted on Thursday that there would be some sort of "sweet" opening number that he would be a part of.

Other performers on the bill include Ke$Ha, Cee Lo Green, Lady Antebellum, The Black Eyed Peas, Nicki Minaj and Taio Cruz.  Presenters include Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Randy Jackson, Joe Jonas, Kelly Rowland, Scott Weiland, Matthew Morrision, Keri Hilson and Trey Songz, among other.

Beyonce will receive the Billboard Millennium Award for her work "as an innovative artist who is defining her times."  Neil Diamond will receive the Billboard Icon Award, which honors "an enduring legend in music."  Both artists will also perform.  The awards will be hosted by Hangover star Ken Jeong.

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Performers Announced for 'Billboard' Music Awards

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The first performers have been announced for the Billboard Music Awards, which are back after several years on hiatus.

The lineup for the show, which will air live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 22 on ABC, includes Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez, Taio Cruz and Lady Antebellum.

Nominations for the awards show will be announced Wednesday.

The event is open to the public and tickets are now on sale at

The Billboard Music Awards will be given out based on Billboard chart rankings, and will cover a variety of music genres including R&B, rap, pop, country, rock, alternative and Latin.

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'Billboard' Music Awards to Return on ABC

Photo Courtesy - Jamie McCarthy/ WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Billboard magazine is bringing back its Billboard Music Awards, which initially ran from 1989 to 2006.

The resuscitated show will air on ABC on May 22, live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  The winners will be based on artists' chart performances, as well as their digital track and album sales, touring, streaming and social networking popularity.

The eligibility period will run from Feb. 28 of last year to March 1 of this year, with awards to be handed out in the categories of R&B, rap, rock, pop, country, Latin and alternative.

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