Justin Timberlake turned out to be a big winner at the Billboard Music Awards 2014 last night, snapping a whopping seven awards while Imagine Dragons followed closely behind with five.
33-year-old Timberlake, who is on tour in Europe, accepted the awards in taped speeches with his touring band that numbers about 20 strong.
“All the other finalists, Miley, Imagine Dragons, Bruno, Katy, I love you guys, it’s not a competition, but if it is, I won!” Timberlake exclaimed, dancing with his band. “I want to thank everybody on Earth, everybody on Earth, except, except Donald Sterling.”
The alternative rock band Imagine Dragons also had a successful night, walking away with an impressive five awards including the Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Duo/Group and Top Rock Artist. The Grammy-winning Las Vegas band also performed their song “Tiptoe” on the show.
Lorde, who performed “Tennis Court” on the telecast, was named Top New Artist and her song “Royals” was crowned Top Rock Song. The teen said she was grateful to be able to mature in the spotlight and for the “dialogue around my work and myself.”
The late King of Pop Michael Jackson appeared as a hologram, performing his song “Slave to the Rhythm” with a slew of dancers moving around his computer-generated image. The performance prompted an emotional standing ovation with some audience members shown wiping away tears.
Via online voting, Carrie Underwood won the 2014 Milestone Award, given to the most innovative of hitmakers, beating OneRepublic and Ellie Goulding. Jennifer Lopez was awarded the Icon gong by Ricky Martin and Iggy Azalea honoring her for her work as an actress, a singer, a dancer, and a designer.
She went on to perform her new single “First Love”, and also took the stage alongside Pitbull to premiere the official anthem of this year’s FIFA World Cup, “We Are One (Ole Ola).”
“Blurred Lines” earned Thicke, TI and Williams four trophies including top hot 100 song, top digital song, top radio song and top R&B song. Thicke performed his new single, “Get Her Back” on the show.
“And most importantly I’d like to thank my wife for her love and support and for putting up with me all these years,” Thicke said onstage when he accepted top R&B song.
Among genres, Luke Bryan was named Top Country Artist; Eminem, who dominated the 2010 awards, earned Top Rap Artist; Marc Anthony was Top Latin Artist; Chris Tomlin was tops in Christian music; and Timberlake received Top R&B Artist honors.
The night featured a number of collaborative performances and songs, currently high on Billboard’s charts. Miley Cyrus performed The Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips remotely from the United Kingdom, where she was on tour.
John Legend performed this week’s chart topper on the Hot 100, “All of Me”; Iggy Azalea did her two songs from the top 5 – “Fancy” with Charli XCX (No. 3) and a bevy of UNLV cheerleaders, then she assisted Ariana Grande on her “Problem” (No. 5) with an army of open-shirted male dancers, says Billboard.