The Billboard Music Awards posted their best ratings in a decade, up 28%, showing that live TV and major stars are once again forces to be reckoned with.

Taylor Swift and her team clearly know the importance of televised awards shows. She opened this year's Grammys in February with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," sang "Highway Don't Care" with Tim McGraw at the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs) in April and delivered the TV debut of "22" on the Billboard Music Awards on May 19. She then proceeded to dominate the competition, winning eight BBMA honors.

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