Britney & Rihanna! Justin & Selena! Makeout Sessions Overshadow Billboard Music Awards

Justin Bieber was the big winner of the night, taking home Digital Artist of the Year, Fan Favorite and Top New Artist

By Brandi Fowler May 23, 2011 4:30 AMTags
Britney Spears, RihannaEthan Miller/Getty Images

Maybe the Billboard Music Awards should be renamed the PDA Awards?

With some major making out onstage by Rihanna and Britney Spears and a sweet smack between Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, you could have almost forgotten that Sunday's Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas were really about naming Eminem Artist of the Year (along with Top Album and Top Rap Album), Taylor Swift the Top Country Artist and Album Artist and the Biebs the New Artist of the Year (along with Digital Artist and Fan Favorite).

And they weren't the only ones gettting our attention during the show…

Hangover star Ken Jeong kicked off the affair with a song and dance with Nicki Minaj, but it was no match for Brit and Ri-Ri's "S&M" pole-dancing performance in dominatrix gear…which offered them the opportunity to seal the number with a kiss just the way Britney and Madonna did back in the day.

Then, it was Justin Bieber's turn to share the love, when he later followed suit and planted a wet one on Selena Gomez after he won Top New Artist.

Not to be left behind, Beyoncé, who rocked the stage with a fierce performance of "Run the World (Girls)," took home the Millennium Award and thanked her hubby, Jay-Z.

"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," Beyonce said upon accepting the award. "I don't want to put you on the spot because I know they're probably putting the camera in your face right now, but I love me some Jay-Z."


Here's the complete list of winners:

Top Artist of the Year: Eminem

Top Album Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift

Digital Artist of the Year: Justin Bieber

Top Female Artist of the Year: Rihanna

Top Male Artist of the Year: Eminem

Viral Innovator of the Year: Cee Lo Green

Radio Artist of the Year: Rihanna

Fan Favorite of the Year: Justin Bieber

Icon Award: Neil Diamond

Battle of the Bands Winner: Gentlemen Hall

Millennium Artist Award: Beyoncé

Top New Artist: Justin Bieber

Top Touring Artist: U2                     

Top Social Artist: Justin Bieber

Top Rap Artist: Eminem

Top Pop Artist: Lady Gaga

Top R&B Artist: Usher

Top Country Artist: Taylor Swift

Top Alternative Artist: Mumford & Sons

Top Latin Artist: Shakira

Top Dance Artist: Lady Gaga

Top Rock Artist: Pat Monahan, Train

Top Billboard 200 Artist: Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist: Katy Perry

Top Digital Songs Artist: Taio Cruz

Album Awards:

Top Billboard 200 Album: Eminem, Recovery

Top Pop Album: Justin Bieber, My World 2.0

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

Song Awards

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 featuring, "OMG"

Top Rap Song: Eminem featuring 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 featuring Freshleyground, "Waka Waka"

Top Dance Song: Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina, "Stereo Love"

Top Christian Song: Chris Tomlin, "Our God"