It was a time of reflection at the Billboard Music Awards last night as performers paid tribute to Whitney Houston, the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, Donna Summer, and the Bee Gees’ Robin Gibb, who passed away just yesterday.
But despite the year's tragedies, the show must go on — and that it definitely did. LMFAO opened the ceremony with a flashy performance of “Party Rock Anthem” that included both a dancing zebra and an unexpected striptease. Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry, who adorably brought her grandmother as a date, also took the stage to perform their new singles, “Dark Side” and “Wide Awake.”
The show, which was hosted by Modern Family stars Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen, was chock full of performances. Everyone from The Wanted to Justin Bieber to Carly Rae Jepsen took a turn at singing their hits on stage.
So who took home the goods? Adele swept the show, taking home 12 of the 18 awards she was nominated for, including Top Artist, Top Woman Artist, and Top Pop Artist. LMFAO followed with 6 awards while Coldplay and Lil Wayne each received 4 statuettes. Casting Crowns, Jason Aldean, and Lady Gaga also made out well, taking home two prizes each. Whitney Houston received the Millennium Award (which her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, tearfully accepted on her behalf) and Stevie Wonder was honored with the Billboard Icon Award.