Eminem won awards in the following categories: Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Song and Top Rap Album. He previously won two Billboard Music Awards in 2002 for Best Album of the Year and Best R&B/Hip Hop Album Of The Year, giving him a total of eight career Billboard Music Awards. His awards were not given out during the ceremony.
Justin Bieber, the Billboard.com Fan Favorite Award Winner, was also named Top New Artist, Top Social Artist, Top Streaming Artist, Top Digital Media Artist, Top Pop Album and Top Streaming Song (video) at his first-ever Billboard Music Awards.
The show also featured three special awards: Beyoncé Knowles and Neil Diamond were honored with a Millennium and an Icon Award respectively for their career achievements, and U2 won the Touring trophy.
The Awards' finalists and winners were determined by a combination of chart performances and social and streaming activity as chronicled in Billboard magazine and on Billboard.com during the eligibility period of February 28, 2010 through March 1, 2011.
The46 award categories were based on measures provided by Billboard's data partners including sales data from Nielsen SoundScan, radio airplay monitored by Nielsen BDS, streaming data measured by Tubemogul and Nielsen BDS, social media consumption gauged by Next Big Sound and tour grosses tracked by Billboard Boxscore.
The awards show took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in partnership with Chevrolet and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).
This is the first year that ABC broadcasted the event and marks the first Billboard Music Awards show since 2007.
2011 Billboard Music Awards Winners: ARTIST AWARDS
Top Artist: Eminem Top New Artist: Justin Bieber Top Male Artist: Eminem Top Female Artist: Rihanna
Top Duo/Group: The Black Eyed Peas
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Taylor Swift Top Hot 100 Artist: Katy Perry Top Digital Songs Artist: Katy Perry Top Radio Songs Artist: Rihanna
Top Touring Artist: U2
Top Social Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Streaming Artist: Justin Bieber Top Digital Media Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Pop Artist: Lady Gaga Top R&B Artist: Usher
Top Rap Artist: Eminem
Top Country Artist: Taylor Swift Top Rock Artist: Train Top Alternative Artist: Mumford & Sons
Top Latin Artist: Shakira Top Dance/Electronic Artist: Lady Gaga Top Christian Artist: Chris Tomlin
Millennium Award: Beyonce
Touring Award: U2
Top Billboard 200 Album: Eminem -- "Recovery"
Top Pop Album: Justin Bieber -- "My World 2.0" Katy Perry -- "Teenage Dream" Top R&B Album: Usher -- "Raymond v. Raymond"
Top Rap Album: Eminem -- "Recovery" Top Country Album: Taylor Swift -- "Speak Now"
Top Rock Album: Mumford & Sons -- "Sigh No More" Top Alternative Album: Mumford & Sons -- "Sigh No More"
Top Latin Album: Enrique Iglesias -- "Euphoria"
Top Dance/Electronic Album: Lady Gaga -- "The Fame" Top Christian Album: Skillet -- "Awake"
Top Hot 100 Song: Taio Cruz -- "Dynamite" Top Digital Song: Taio Cruz -- "Dynamite"
Top Radio Song: Bruno Mars -- "Just The Way You Are" Top Streaming Song (Audio): Nelly -- "Just A Dream" Top Streaming Song (Video): Justin Bieber Feat. Ludacris -- "Baby" Top Pop Song: Taio Cruz -- "Dynamite"
Top R&B Song: Usher Feat. will.i.am -- "OMG"
Top Rap Song: Eminem Feat. Rihanna -- "Love The Way You Lie" Top Country Song: Lady Antebellum -- "Need You Now"
Top Rock Song: Train -- "Hey, Soul Sister" Top Alternative Song: Neon Trees -- "Animal" Top Latin Song: Shakira Feat. Freshleyground -- "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)" Top Dance Song: Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina -- "Stereo Love" Top Christian Song: Chris Tomlin -- "Our God"