Billboard Music Awards 2012: Behind the Scenes
Main attractions Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys meet prior to their highly anticipated collaboration.
A beautiful Katy Perry says hello backstage.
Goodie Mobb poses for a portrait.
The boys from LMFAO share a laugh and freestyle a song with Top New Artist winner Wiz Khalifa.
Carrie Underwood makes a grand entrance in her second dress of the evening.
Presenter Whoopi Goldberg has a laugh with backstage host Downtown Julie Brown.
Zooey Deschanel waits in the production room.
Old school and new school: Gladys Knight and Usher share a moment.
The Wanted stop for a quick shot.
Usher arrives during Jordin Sparks' set.
Usher comes off the ramp.
Usher walks to prep backstage for his performance.
Whoopi Goldberg and Gladys Knight are all smiles for Billboard's camera.
The Wanted's Jay McGuiness gets ready backstage before his band goes on.
Siva Kaneswaran from The Wanted chats with a producer backstage.
The Wanted rehearse backstage before the show.
Taylor Swift checks her phone before stepping onstage.
Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan share a convo behind the scenes.
The lovely Taylor Swift walks by on her way to the stage.
Taylor Swift walks to the stage.
Taylor Swift is charming as ever backstage.
Stevie Wonder poses alongside the incredibly starstruck members of U.K. boyband The Wanted.
Carly Rae Jepsen looks starstruck as she says hello to Stevie Wonder.
The legendary Stevie Wonder waits backstage before his performance.
A general view of the stage.
Justin Bieber, front row!
R&B singers Monica and Robin Thicke hug it out.
Robin Thicke stops by to say hello to Billboard.com viewers.
Nelly Furtado's dancers get a leg up in their sparkling, stilted costumes.
Nelly Furtado hangs out with her dance ensemble before their performance.
Singer Natasha Bedingfield says hello to presenter Whoopi Goldberg.
Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park backstage after the rehearsal.
LMFAO goof around backstage before the rehearsal.
LMFAO'S dancers change backstage.
Watching dancers, the boys from LMFAO joke around.
R&B star Brandy Norwood chats backstage with Downtown Julie Brown.
Katy Perry struts off-stage in her glittering purple gown.
Placards rep artists pre-show.
Katy walks with her grandmother to the show.
Katy Perry makes her entrance, looking gorgeous in white.
Katy Perry awaits her grandma.
Biebz heads to his rehearsal.
Justin Bieber's dancers take a quick break.
The dancers head back to the dressing rooms.
The dancers head back to the dressing rooms.
Justin Bieber passes by on the way to the stage for his rehearsal.
Justin Bieber comes off-stage.
Country singer Luke Bryan has a word with Julie Brown.
'Modern Family' actors Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell practice for the show
Power couple Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo enter the arena.
A backstage closeup on the beautiful Jordin Sparks.
Jordin gives us a thumbs up after her rehearsal.
Jordin Sparks poses for a portrait.
A dapper John Legend has a word with the media.
R&B/pop singer Jason Derulo stops for a word with Billboard's Julie Brown.
Big Gipp from Goodie Mobb checks out the screens.
Goodie Mobb and Cee Lo check out the effects during the runthrough.
Whoopi Goldberg hands out hugs as Gavin DeGraw waits in line.
Far East Movement look fly as they wait to take the stage.
Fans wait outside the venue.
Drums are wheeled out of MGM Grand.
Choreographers prep backstage pre-rehearsal.
Chris's BMX boys ride down the hall before riding on the half-pipe during his set.
Chris Brown exits the stage after rehearsing his set.
Chris Brown sits on his BMX bike to prep before he jumps onstage.
CeeLo poses for a portrait on the stairs of the stage.
CeeLo takes a break on the stairs.
CeeLo Green gets a last second touch-up from backstage host Downtown Julie Brown.
CeeLo Green gets his game face on before performing in the tribute to Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch.
Cee Lo Green and Goodie Mobb hang out in the arena before rehearsals.
CeeLo checks out the screen for his performance.
Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher walk to the stage.
Carrie Underwood chats with Downtown Julie Brown.
Carrie Underwood talks backstage with ABC.
Carly Rae Jepsen's dancers and a friendly guard.
Chart newcomer Carly Rae Jepsen has a chat with Julie Brown.
Carly Rae Jepsen heads to the theater in a long, cream-colored gown.
Carly Rae Jepsen strikes a pose with her dancers. You should call them, maybe.
Carly Rae goofs around with her crew.
Brad Delson of Linkin Park hangs out after their set.
Bieber heads onstage, dressed to perform in a neon tee.
A view of the tech team testing the lights.
A wide view of the carpet being set up pre-show.