Tonight is the Billboard Music Awards, live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas! Which raises questions such as “Why does Billboard throw its awards show in May?” and “Who will be there?” To answer your first question, when ABC brought the show back in 2011 after four years off the air (it aired on Fox in the more reasonable month of December from 1989 to 2007) the goal was to put an awards ceremony in the spring, when there are no other awards shows. As for the second question: Ludacris is hosting. Hologram Michael Jackson is doing a song from Xscape. Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea will perform instant Stereogum favorite “Problem,” Robin Thicke will sing a song designed to win back his estranged wife, and awards show mainstays Lorde and Katy Perry will take the stage. Notable collaborations include Miley Cyrus covering the Beatles with her new buds the Flaming Lips, Jason Derulo joining forces with Snoop Dogg and 2 Chainz, and a duet by reality show contestants-turned-country superstars Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert. Also hitting the stage will be recent The Week In Pop subjects John Legend, Shakira, and 5 Seconds Of Summer. Presenters include Wiz Khalifa, Pete Wentz, Shania Twain, Kelly Rowland, and Jack Antonoff of Fun./Bleachers. We’ll update below with anything interesting.
The first notable performance of the night came from Grande, Azalea, and Charli XCX, who tacked an abbreviated “Fancy” onto the front end of “Problem.” Watch that below.
Later, a montage preposterously compared 5 Seconds Of Summer’s Stateside arrival to that of the Beatles. Then the American-Apparel-underwear-lovin’ Aussie pop-punk boy band made their US TV debut while humorously rocking Misfits and Pink Floyd T-shirts:
Despite all the hyperbolic fanfare for 5SOS, Kendall Jenner had a little Adele Dazeem moment when it came time to introduce them.
Then it was time to debut a hologram of early ’90s MJ doing “Slave To The Rhythm,” an all-around creepy, cynical, and underwhelming endeavor.
Lorde, who already won two awards tonight, stopped by to perform “Tennis Court.”
In a performance recorded earlier tonight in the UK, Cyrus, Wayne Coyne, and Steven Drozd bashed out a rendition of “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” that rivaled the original in terms of mind-wrecking potency.
Also our friend Joe Mande was there for some reason!
— BillboardMusicAwards (@OfficialBBMAs) May 19, 2014
In the end, Justin Timberlake won the most awards with seven. Here are all the winners…
Top Artist: Justin Timberlake
Top New Artist: Lorde
Top Male Artist: Justin Timberlake
Top Female Artist: Katy Perry
Top Duo/Group: Imagine Dragons
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Justin Timberlake
Top Hot 100 Artist: Imagine Dragons
Top Digital Songs Artist: Katy Perry
Top Radio Songs Artist: Justin Timberlake
Top Touring Artist: Bon Jovi
Top Social Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Streaming Artist: Miley Cyrus
Top R&B Artist: Justin Timberlake
Top Rap Artist: Eminem
Top Country Artist: Luke Bryan
Top Rock Artist: Imagine Dragons
Top Latin Artist: Marc Anthony
Top Dance/Electronic Artist: Daft Punk
Top Christian Artist: Chris Tomlin
Top Billboard 200 Album: Justin Timberlake, “The 20/20 Experience”
Top R&B Album: Justin Timberlake, “The 20/20 Experience”
Top Rap Album: Eminem, “The Marshall Mathers LP 2″
Top Country Album: Luke Bryan, “Crash My Party”
Top Rock Album: Imagine Dragons, “Night Visions”
Top Latin Album: Marc Anthony, “3.0”
Top Dance/Electronic Album: Daft Punk, “Random Access Memories”
Top Christian Album: Alan Jackson, “Precious Memories: Volume II”
Top Hot 100 Song: Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”
Top Digital Song: Robin Thicke, Featuring T.I. & Pharrell “Blurred Lines”
Top Radio Song: Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”
Top Streaming Song (Audio): Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”
Top Streaming Song (Video): Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball”
Top R&B Song: Robin Thicke Feat. T.I. & Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”
Top Rap Song: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
Top Country Song: Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nelly, “Cruise”
Top Rock Song: Lorde, “Royals”
Top Latin Song: Marc Anthony “Vivir Mi Vida”
Top Dance/Electronic Song: Avicii “Wake Me Up!”
Top Christian Song: Matthew West “Hello, My Name Is”