Taylor Swift and Sam Smith Win Big at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards

Taylor Swift leads the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, winning eight awards including top artist, while Sam Smith takes the honors for top male artist and new artist.

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On Sunday Taylor Swift, one of the top-selling musical acts in the United States last year, leaded the 2015 Billboard Music Awards: the star won eight awards including top artist. The video of her latest single Bad Blood premiered at the awards.

“Oh, this is such a good night!” Swift said as she collected the night’s big prize, top artist. “Early this morning I watched my brother Austin graduate from Notre Dame … (and) to anyone who’s graduating this year … this is for you.”

“This is kind of a graduation for us,” Swift said to the audience of top musicians.

Besides, Taylor Swift took awards for top female artist, top Billboard 200 artist and album and top hot 100 artist, among others.

“You guys embraced change, embraced me doing something new. I’ll never forget it,” she said after winning top Billboard 200 album for “1989.”

Furthermore, Taylor Swift picked up a special achievement award chosen by fan voting. Meanwhile, the British soul singer Sam Smith took the honors for top male artist and new artist.

Smith’s acceptance speech for top male artist came with a video featuring a number of cue cards.

“First, thank you Billboard for this incredible honor. Secondly, thank you to my amazing fans. It’s times like this that I realize how lucky I am to have you in my life. Can’t wait to get this surgery out of the way so I can sing my ass off for you again,” he wrote.

Taylor Swift and Sam Smith competed directly in several top categories, with Swift prevailing. Sam Smith, who had received 13 nominations to Swift’s 14, also won for top radio songs artist.

During her speech for top female artist, Taylor Swift told her fans that she was “obsessed” with them:

“You guys are the reason this year has happened the way that it’s happened.”

Besides, she showed appreciation to “all the girls I talk to on the Internet and we talk about your feelings and you teach me your teen slang.”

The representatives of Billboard magazine, that covers the music industry, said that the finalists were based on fan interactions with music, including album and digital sales, touring, radio airplay, streaming and interactions on social media websites and other online websites for music.

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