Even with the passing of two music legends this week, the show went on in Las Vegas for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, honoring music’s biggest chart toppers of today.
While the show was in progress, the news came that Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees had passed away. But most artists agreed that the group’s music would live forever.
“It’s a very, very sad thing that Robin Gibb has passed,” Taio Cruz said. “I’m definitely going to be listening to their music for years to come. I think they will live on through their music and so that’s a good thing.”
But, there were also plenty of pleasant moments. British singer Adele and LMFAO have become the big winners at the Billboard Music Awards, with the soul carrying away her 12 trophies, including Top Artist and Top Female Artist.
Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” hit and her smash-hit album “21” earned her four big prizes, including Top Alternative Song, Top Billboard 200 Album and Top Pop Album, reports Starpulse. And she also picked up trophies for Top Hot 100 (singles) Artist and Billboard 200 (album) Artist.
LMFAO were also multiple winners at the ceremony, which Adele did not attend, having received six awards – five for their 2011 smash-hit “Party Rock Anthem” and one for Top Duo or Group.
The list of big winners included Coldplay who took home four awards, including Top Rock Album and Top Alternative Album for “Mylo Xyloto”.
Singers and bands also pleased their fans with awesome performances. For example, LMFAO kicked off the show with a high-energy medley of their 2011/2012 hits “Party Rock Anthem”, “Sorry For Party Rocking” and “Sexy & I Know It”.
Other performances came from Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Linkin Park and Chris Brown, while 2012 Icon Award winner Stevie Wonder closed out the show by performing a medley of hits, like “Higher Ground” and “Overjoyed” with Alicia Keys.
The blind soul man, joked, “This is my time… and I’m looking good too”, and after that asked for a birthday gift from his duet partner and insisted she sing her Jay-Z collaboration, “Empire State of Mind”, a Capella. Keys gladly obliged as Wonder sang, “You gave me my gift.”
The singer then handed over the Icon Award to her personal icon, prompting the soul legend to drop his dark glasses and pretend to look at his trophy.
He said, “I can touch it and see it more than seeing it.” Wonder urged fans to “commit yourselves to using your heart and joining with me to putting your best love forward… and committing yourselves that if we come together and bring our hearts together for unity, we can change the world by being as one”.
The stars who attended the show in general dressed very well — the only one in a scandalous outfit was Miley Cyrus. The singer was wearing what looked like a white, oversized man’s suit jacket with nothing underneath. If she had moved suddenly, the world would have gotten an eyeful.
Miley, who is reported to be working on new music, told ABC News that she enjoyed coming to the show because it covers all musical genres.
“It’s amazing — there are so many unique artists,” she explained. “It’s so nice when you get away from something that’s specifically country or hip-hop or pop or whatever it is, you know, and it’s just all the different artists and celebrating them.”
She added, “Especially now [that] a lot of the artists have passed away, being able to celebrate them and their life and the music, and carrying that on, is awesome.”