Energetic performances and heart-felt tributes took centre stage at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, as Adele, LMFAO, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift came away top awards.
British Grammy-winning singer Adele won 12 awards from 18 nominations for her juggernaut album 21, including top artist, top female artist and top album. Her awards were not presented during the live show and the singer was not present.
But LMFAO, the uncle-nephew duo Redfoo and SkyBlu, showed in trademark outrageous fashion and picked up two awards, song of the year for Party Rock Anthem and the top duo/group, along with four more honors.
Rappers Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne and R&B singer Chris Brown took honors for top new artist, male artist of the year and R&B artist of the year, respectively.