2011 Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber Among Early Winners

2011 Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber Among Early Winners

Taylor Swift is named Album Artist of the Year at the live ceremony, while Justin Bieber is crowned Digital Artist of the Year and Top New Artist.
Taylor Swift is the first winner announced at Billboard Music Awards on May 22. Live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, it's announced by "Glee" actor Matthew Morrison that the country music cutie brought home Album Artist of the Year, thanks to her latest No. 1 album "Speak Now".

"The impact of an album is all determined by the fans," Swift told the audience upon receiving the award. "You've just given me another reason to be completely in love with you." It means that she gets a total of two prizes so far - before the show was kicked off, she has already received Top Country Album.

Next, Justin Bieber is invited to the stage to collect his trophy for Digital Artist of the Year. "I want to thank everybody who helped get me out of my hometown," the Canadian popstar said. He additionally thanked his fans and his mentor Usher.

In addition to the award announced at the live telecast, Bieber has already got multiple prizes which were not televised. The teen idol, who started his career as a YouTube singing sensation, scored Top Social Artist, Top Streaming Artist, Top Pop Album and Top Streaming Song (Video).

Randy Jackson comes on to the stage to announce Top Hot 100 Song which goes to Taio Cruz's hit single "Dynamite". The track, which also won Top Digital Song, was on the U.S. single chart for more than 40 weeks. The singer/songwriter said he's not been honored for being chosen as a recipient of the award.

Tim Allen presents Country Song of the Year, saying "I'm uniquely qualified to announce the Country Song of the Year, as I am from this country." He later announces Lady Antebellum as the winner, thanked to their hit single "Need You Now".

"Wizards of Waverly Place" star Selena Gomez and "Modern Family" actor Rico Rodriguez announce Black Eyed Peas as Top Duo/Group. Taboo, who recently welcomed a baby, thank his wife for the bundle of joy, "Thanks for the great baby."

After the performances by Viral Innovator Award recipient Cee-Lo Green and Country Song of the Year winner Lady Antebellum, Joe Jonas presents Radio Artist of the Year to Rihanna. Snoop Dogg and Far East Movement later introduce Bieber as Top New Artist.

Early winners which were not announced at the live telecast:

2011 Billboard Music Awards: Red Carpet | Winner List | Press Room

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