Rihanna, Swift take prizes in Billboard's return - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Rihanna, Swift take prizes in Billboard's return

Posted: Updated:
Singer Taylor Swift poses with her awards in the press room at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg) Singer Taylor Swift poses with her awards in the press room at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

Rihanna and Taylor Swift were two of the key winners at the Billboard Music Awards, which returned after a five-year hiatus with a major dose of star power, featuring Beyonce, U2, the Black Eyed Peas — even First Lady Michelle Obama.

Like many other awards shows, the three-hour Billboard Awards served more as a promotional vehicle for today's top pop stars than a trophy presentation. The show was packed with performances — a piano-levitating Cee Lo Green, a scantily clad Rihanna on "S&M" joined by Britney Spears, a much-bleeped Lil Wayne with Mary J. Blige, and Neil Diamond leading the audience in a sing-a-long to "Sweet Caroline" and "America."

Among Rihanna's wins were for radio artist of the year and top female artist.

Swift won the evening's first award, as top album artist, behind the multimillion sales for "Speak Now." She also won top country artist.

"The impact of an album is all determined by the fans," she told the audience when she picked up her first. "You've just given me another reason to be completely in love with you."

Other award winners included Justin Bieber, Lady Antbellum and the Black Eyed Peas.

Beyonce received a special "Millennium" Award for her career achievements: The 29-year-old phenomenon was lauded in a video by an array of legends and luminaries, including Stevie Wonder, Barbara Streisand, Bono, Lady Gaga and Michelle Obama.

"This is a moment I have to soak in because it's gonna be — and it is — one of the best moments of my life," said Beyonce after getting the award from her mother, Tina Knowles. Beyonce also performed her new song, "Run the World (Girls)."

U2 was also honored for their blockbuster "360" tour as the top touring act of 2010, while Diamond received Billboard' "Icon" award.

"I would have settled for a top 10 record," he quipped. "I don't know what it means exactly to be an icon. I've always wanted to be one and I guess now I am."

This year marks the Billboard Awards' rebirth. The Billboard Awards had been a staple since 1989, but gave out what appeared to be its last award in 2006. This year, the show was brought back.

It was held in Las Vegas, broadcast live on ABC and hosted by "The Hangover 2'" star Ken Jeong.

The Billboard Music Awards are given out to music's most popular artists. The finalists and winners are determined by their rank on the Billboard charts and their "social and streaming activity."

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

  • Entertainment NewsEntertainment NewsMore>>

  • Joe And Mika: We Need Nothing From Saudi Arabia

    Joe And Mika: We Need Nothing From Saudi Arabia

    Saturday, October 20 2018 1:15 AM EDT2018-10-20 05:15:58 GMT

    'Morning Joe' hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski describe the reported death of WaPo journalist Jamal Khashoggi as 'crossing a line that has never been crossed before.'

     

    'Morning Joe' hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski describe the reported death of WaPo journalist Jamal Khashoggi as 'crossing a line that has never been crossed before.'

     
  • Cardi B hands out free winter coats in New York

    Cardi B hands out free winter coats in New York

    Friday, October 19 2018 9:09 AM EDT2018-10-19 13:09:32 GMT
    Saturday, October 20 2018 12:00 AM EDT2018-10-20 04:00:18 GMT
    Hundreds line up in New York City as rapper Cardi B hands out free winter coats. 
    Hundreds line up in New York City as rapper Cardi B hands out free winter coats. 
  • Prince Harry raises Invictus Games flag over Sydney Harbor

    Prince Harry raises Invictus Games flag over Sydney Harbor

    Friday, October 19 2018 3:09 AM EDT2018-10-19 07:09:09 GMT
    Saturday, October 20 2018 12:00 AM EDT2018-10-20 04:00:12 GMT
    (AP Photo/Steve Christo, Pool). Britain's Prince Harry, left, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, second from left, and Invictus Games representatives climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife M...(AP Photo/Steve Christo, Pool). Britain's Prince Harry, left, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, second from left, and Invictus Games representatives climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife M...
    Prince Harry has scaled the Sydney Harbor Bridge to raise a flag marking the arrival of the Invictus Games, his brainchild and the focus of his current royal tour of Australia and the South Pacific. 
    Prince Harry has scaled the Sydney Harbor Bridge to raise a flag marking the arrival of the Invictus Games, his brainchild and the focus of his current royal tour of Australia and the South Pacific. 
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KFMB-TV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.