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2015 Billboard Music Awards anounce winners at star-studded event honoring music’s best and Brightest

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Taylor Swift Opened the Show with World Premiere of Her Music Video ?Bad Blood? And Was The Night?s Big Winner, Along With Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea and Pharrell Williams

LAS VEGAS (May 17, 2015) ? The 2015 Billboard Music Awards, hosted by hip-hop artist and actor Ludacris, and TV host and supermodel Chrissy Teigen, was an amazing night of show-stopping musical performances, never-before-seen superstar duos, and explosive moments! Teigen?s quick wit and ability to play to the crowd, and Ludacris? comedic timing and hosting experience made this unexpected pair rival some of America?s favorite hosting duos. The show aired live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on ABC.

Taylor Swift was the night?s big winner, taking home 8 awards including Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Digital Songs Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album (“1989”), Top Streaming Song (Video) (“Shake It Off”) and the fan voted Billboard Chart Achievement Award sponsored by Samsung. Swift also opened the show with the world debut of her highly anticipated music video for ?Bad Blood,? the next single off her album ?1989.? The video, directed by Joseph Kahn and produced by Taylor Swift, included cameos from some of Swift?s best friends including Jessica Alba, Lily Aldridge, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lena Dunham, Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding, Gigi Hadid, Mariska Hargitay, Martha Hunt, Karlie Kloss, Kendrick Lamar, Ellen Pompeo, Serayah, Hailee Steinfeld, Hayley Williams, and Zendaya. Swift was on hand to then introduce legendary rock band, Van Halen, who performed their iconic hit ?Panama,? marking the band?s first-ever performance on an awards show with Eddie, Alex, Wolfgang Van Halen and David Lee Roth. Van Halen started the night?s performances off with a bang, getting the crowd on their feet and rocking out!

Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea and Pharrell Williams all followed Swift with 3 awards each. Smith took home Top Male Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, and Top New Artist, which he accepted via a homemade video from his hospital bed, where he is recovering from vocal cord surgery. Azalea received Top Streaming Artist, Top Rap Artist and Top Rap Song (“Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX); and Williams was awarded Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Album (“G I R L”) and Top R&B Song (“Happy”).

Performance duo Meghan Trainor and John Legend earned two trophies each. Legend received two awards for his love ballad ?All of Me? (Top Radio Song, Top Streaming Song [Audio]), while Trainor received two for her feel-good hit ?All About That Bass? (Top Hot 100 Song, Top Digital Song). Jason Aldean, Hozier, Enrique Iglesias and One Direction all took home two trophies as well.

Returning to the Billboard Music Awards performance stage after 17 years, Mariah Carey brought the audience to their feet with a medley of her classic debut single — and first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit — ?Vision of Love? and new single ?Infinity.? And Carey wasn?t the only singer bringing a sense of nostalgia to the stage. Simple Minds, in honor of the 30th anniversary of ?The Breakfast Club? performed their No. 1 Hot 100 hit ?Don?t You (Forget About Me),? which has become synonymous with the film itself and topped the chart exactly 30 years ago this week. John Hughes darling and ?The Breakfast Club? star Molly Ringwald was on-hand to welcome the band to the stage. Another ’80s throwback came in the form of an explosive, neon-hued performance from music superstars Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea who brought their new single ?Pretty Girls? to the stage for the first time ever.

Jussie Smollet, Bryshere ?Yazz? Gray, and Estelle delivered a powerful rendition of stand-out song ?Conquerer? and viewer favorite ?You?re So Beautiful? from their breakout hit show ?Empire.? The night was not short on memorable collaborations with duets from Nicki Minaj featuring David Guetta, Little Big Town with Faith Hill, Fall Out Boy with Wiz Khalifa, and Pitbull featuring Chris Brown. Solo artists also dominated the stage, with extraordinary performances by Kelly Clarkson, Hozier, Nick Jonas, Tori Kelly, Ed Sheeran, and Kanye West, who closed out the night with a commanding rendition of his hit ?All Day.?

While the majority of the broadcast was focused on high-energy, one-of-a-kind performances, there were several touching tributes to some of the great artists who?ve passed away in recent months, including B.B. King, who received a heartfelt commemoration from host Ludacris as the camera panned to one of King?s iconic Lucille guitars, which was on display on stage. Vegas? hometown band, Imagine Dragons, delivered a special rendition of ?Stand By Me? in honor of the late Ben E. King, whose family was in the audience for the moving moment. During Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth and Lindsey Stirling?s powerful performance of the ?Furious 7? anthem ?See You Again,? a poignant clip of the film’s Paul Walker was shown to remember the actor and Ludacris? longtime friend and colleague.

The musical acts weren?t the only stars taking over the stage at this year?s show. Presenters throughout the broadcast included 50 Cent, Lily Aldridge, Kaitlyn Bristowe, Charli XCX, Laverne Cox, Hannah Davis, Celine Dion, Brett Eldredge, the cast of ?Entourage?, Fifth Harmony, Florida Georgia Line, Taraji P. Henson, Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, Kira Kazantsev, Danica McKellar, Idina Menzel, NE-YO, Britt Nilsson, One Direction, Rita Ora, Pentatonix, Ellen Pompeo, Prince Royce, Tracee Ellis Ross, Hailee Steinfeld, and Zendaya.

See below for a full list of winners.

TOP ARTIST
Ariana?Grande
One Direction
Katy Perry
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift — WINNER

TOP COUNTRY ARTIST
Jason?Aldean
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line — WINNER
Brantley Gilbert
Blake Shelton

BILLBOARD CHART ACHIEVEMENT AWARD PRESENTED BY SAMSUNG GALAXY (FAN-VOTED)
Iggy?Azalea
Taylor Swift?– WINNER
Meghan?Trainor

TOP TOURING ARTIST
Lady Gaga
One Direction — WINNER
Katy Perry
The?Rolling Stones
Justin Timberlake

TOP FEMALE ARTIST
Iggy?Azalea
Ariana?Grande
Katy Perry
Taylor Swift — WINNER
Meghan?Trainor

TOP RADIO SONG
John Legend, “All of Me” — WINNER
MAGIC!, “Rude”
Nico?&?Vinz, “Am I Wrong”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Pharrell?Williams, “Happy

TOP MALE ARTIST
Drake
Pharrell?Williams
Ed?Sheeran
Sam Smith — WINNER
?Justin Timberlake

TOP RAP SONG
Iggy?Azalea feat.?Charli?XCX, “Fancy” — WINNER
Iggy?Azalea feat. Rita Ora, “Black Widow”
Big Sean feat. E-40, “I Don’t F— With You”
Nicki?Minaj, “Anaconda”
Bobby?Shmurda, “Hot Boy”

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ALBUM
Maroon 5,?V
Pentatonix,?That’s Christmas to Me
Ed?Sheeran,?x
Sam Smith,?In the Lonely Hour
Taylor Swift,?1989 ?–?WINNER

TOP DUO/GROUP
5 Seconds of Summer
Florida Georgia Line
MAGIC!
Maroon 5
One Direction ?– WINNER

TOP NEW ARTIST
5 Seconds of Summer
Iggy?Azalea
Hozier
Sam Smith — WINNER
?Meghan?Trainor

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ARTIST
One Direction
Pentatonix
Ed?Sheeran
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift — WINNER

TOP HOT 100 ARTIST
Iggy?Azalea
Ariana?Grande
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift — WINNER
Meghan?Trainor

TOP DIGITAL SONGS ARTIST
Iggy?Azalea
Ed?Sheeran
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift — WINNER
Meghan?Trainor

TOP RADIO SONGS ARTIST
John Legend
Maroon 5
Ed?Sheeran
Sam Smith — WINNER
Taylor Swift

TOP SOCIAL ARTIST
Justin Bieber — WINNER
Miley Cyrus
Selena Gomez
Ariana?Grande
Taylor Swift

TOP STREAMING ARTIST
Iggy?Azalea — WINNER
Ariana?Grande
Nicki?Minaj
Taylor Swift
Meghan?Trainor

TOP R&B ARTIST
Beyonc?
Chris Brown
John Legend
Trey?Songz
Pharrell?Williams — WINNER

TOP RAP ARTIST
Iggy?Azalea — WINNER
J. Cole
Drake
Nicki?Minaj
Rae?Sremmurd

TOP ROCK ARTIST
Bastille
Coldplay
Fall Out Boy
Hozier — WINNER
Lorde

TOP LATIN ARTIST
J?Balvin
Juan Gabriel
Enrique Iglesias
Prince Royce
Romeo Santos — WINNER

TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC ARTIST
Avicii
Clean Bandit
Disclosure
Calvin Harris — WINNER
Lindsey?Stirling

TOP CHRISTIAN ARTIST
Casting Crowns
Hillsong?United — WINNER
Lecrae
MercyMe
Newsboys

TOP SOUNDTRACK
The Fault in Our Stars
Fifty Shades of Grey

Frozen — WINNER
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix: Vol. 1
Into the Woods

TOP R&B ALBUM
Beyonc?,?Beyonc?
Chris Brown,?X
Michael Jackson,?Xscape
John Legend,?Love in the Future
Pharrell?Williams,?G I R L — WINNER

TOP RAP ALBUM
J. Cole,?2014 Forest Hills Drive — WINNER
Drake,?If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Nicki?Minaj,?The?Pinkprint
Iggy?Azalea,?The New Classic
Eminem,?The Marshall?Mathers?LP 2

TOP COUNTRY ALBUM
Jason?Aldean,?Old Boots, New Dirt — WINNER
Garth Brooks,?Man Against Machine
Luke Bryan,?Crash My Party
Brantley Gilbert,?Just As I Am
Miranda Lambert,?Platinum

TOP ROCK ALBUM
AC/DC,?Rock or Bust
The Black Keys,?Turn Blue
Coldplay,?Ghost Stories — WINNER
Hozier,?Hozier
Lorde,?Pure Heroine

TOP LATIN ALBUM
Juan Gabriel,?Los D?o
Enrique Iglesias,?Sex and Love — WINNER
Romeo Santos,?Formula: Vol. 2
Santana,?Corazon
Marc Anthony,?3.0

TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC ALBUM
Avicii,?True
Disclosure,?Settle
Calvin Harris,?Motion
Skrillex,?Recess
Lindsey?Stirling,?Shatter?Me — WINNER

TOP CHRISTIAN ALBUM
Lecrae,?Anomaly — WINNER
Casting Crowns,?Thrive
MercyMe,?Welcome to the New
NEEDTOBREATHE,?Rivers in the Wasteland
Chris Tomlin,?Love Ran Red

TOP HOT 100 SONG
Iggy?Azalea feat.?Charli?XCX, “Fancy”
John Legend, “All of Me”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan?Trainor, “All About That Bass”

TOP DIGITAL SONG
Mark?Ronson?feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan?Trainor, “All About That Bass” — WINNER
Pharrell?Williams, “Happy

TOP STREAMING SONG (AUDIO)
Iggy?Azalea feat.?Charli?XCX, “Fancy”
Hozier, “Take Me to Church”
John Legend, “All of Me” — WINNER
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Tove?Lo, “Habits (Stay High)”

TOP STREAMING SONG (VIDEO)
Idina?Menzel, “Let It Go”
Bobby?Shmurda, “Hot Boy”
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off” — WINNER
Meghan?Trainor, “All About That Bass”

TOP R&B SONG
Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne, French Montana, Too $hort?&?Tyga, “Loyal”
Jason?Derulo?feat. 2?Chainz, “Talk Dirty”
Jeremih?feat. YG, “Don’t Tell ‘Em”
John Legend, “All of Me”
Pharrell?Williams, “Happy” — WINNER

TOP COUNTRY SONG
Jason?Aldean, “Burnin’ It Down” — WINNER
Luke Bryan, “Play It Again”
Sam Hunt, “Leave the Night On”
Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan, “This Is How We Roll”
Florida Georgia Line, “Dirt”

TOP ROCK SONG
Bastille, “Pompeii”
Coldplay, “A Sky Full of Stars”
Fall Out Boy, “Centuries”
Hozier, “Take Me to Church” — WINNER
Paramore, “Ain’t It Fun”

TOP LATIN SONG
J?Balvin?feat.?Farruko, “6 AM”
Enrique Iglesias feat.?Descemer?Bueno?&?Gente?de?Zona, “Bailando” — WINNER
Romeo Santos, “Eres?M?a”
Romeo Santos feat. Drake, “Odio”
Romeo Santos, “Propuesta?Indecente”

TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC SONG
Clean Bandit feat. Jess?Glynne, “Rather Be”
Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, “Latch”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What” — WINNER
Ariana?Grande feat.?Zedd, “Break Free”
Calvin Harris, “Summer”

TOP CHRISTIAN SONG
Francesca?Battistelli, “He Knows My Name”
Hillsong?United, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”
MercyMe, “Greater”
Newsboys, “We Believe”
Carrie Underwood, “Something in the Water” — WINNER

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