Taylor Swift Takes Early Lead at Billboard Music Awards With Six Wins
There may be a blue carpet out front, but the Billboard Music Awards already has "Red" all over it. Taylor Swift has jumped out with six awards, including Top Female Artist and Top Billboard 200 Artist, in a pre-telecast announcement for the event, airing live Sunday night from Las Vegas on ABC.
Swift also took home Top Digital Songs Artist, Top Country Artist, Top Country Song, for "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," and Top Country Album, for "Red." Swift is a finalist in eleven categories on the night. Fun. and Maroon 5 are also up for eleven
Following closely behind the country-pop queen in early winners is Rihanna and Gotye, with four awards each. The latter swept the R&B categories, taking Artist, Album and Song in the genre. Similarly, Gotye and Kimbra's ubiquitous radio hit "Somebody That I Used to Know" won the pair Top Hot 100 Song, Top Radio Song, among others (see a list below).
One Direction and Madonna each earned three BBMAs. Nicki Minaj, Baauer, tobyMac and the late Jenni Rivera received two awards apiece.
During the broadcast, special honors will be given to Madonna as Top Touring Artist for her MDNA tour while her legendary peer Prince will be recognized with the Billboard Icon Award in a special ceremony that will include a performance by the honoree.
The star-studded show also lined up performances by Swift, Bruno Mars, Miguel, Justin Bieber, Pitbull, Christina Aguilera, Selena Gomez, The Band Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, Nicki Minaj, David Guetta and more.
Billboard Music Awards finalists were based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements were tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound.
The Las Vegas show airs live on ABC at 8 ET, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. "30 Rock" alum Tracy Morgan is hosting, with Don Mischer producing.
List of Pre-Televised Awards:
Top Artist: TBA
Top New Artist: One Direction
Top Male Artist: TBA
Top Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Duo/Group: One Direction
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 Artist: Maroon 5
Top Digital Songs Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Radio Songs Artist: Rihanna
Top Touring Artist: Madonna
Top Social Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Streaming Artist: Nicki Minaj
Top Pop Artist: One Direction
Top R&B Artist: Rihanna
Top Rap Artist: TBA
Top Country Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Rock Artist: fun.
Top Latin Artist: Jenni Rivera
Top Dance Artist: Madonna
Top EDM Artist: TBA
Top Christian Artist: tobyMac
Top Billboard 200 Album: TBA
Top Pop Album: Adele "21"
Top R&B Album: Rihanna "Unapologetic"
Top Rap Album: Nicki Minaj "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded"
Top Country Album: Taylor Swift "Red"
Top Rock Album: Mumford & Son "Babel"
Top Latin Album: Jenni Rivera "Las Misma Gran Senora"
Top Dance Album: Madonna "MDNA"
Top EDM Album: Skrillex "Bangarang"
Top Christian Album: tobyMac "Eye On It"
Top Hot 100 Song: Gotye Featuring Kimbra "Somebody That I Used To Know"
Top Digital Song: TBA
Top Radio Song: Gotye Featuring Kimbra "Somebody That I Used To Know"
Top Streaming Song (Audio): Gotye Featuring Kimbra "Somebody That I Used To Know"
Top Streaming Song (Video): PSY "Gangnam Style"
Top Pop Song: Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe"
Top R&B Song: Rihanna "Diamonds"
Top Rap Song: TBA
Top Country Song: Taylor Swift "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
Top Rock Song: Gotye Featuring Kimbra "Somebody That I Used To Know"
Top Latin Song: Michel Telo "Ai Se Eu Te Pego"
Top Dance Song: Baauer "Harlem Shake"
Top EDM Song: Baauer "Harlem Shake"
Top Christian Song: Matt Redman "10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)"