Monday, 18 May 2015
Swift triumphs at Billboard Awards
Taylor Swift dominated the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, winning eight of the 14 categories in which she was nominated. Among her prizes were Best Female Artist, Best Streaming Song for 'Shake It Off' and Artist of the Year. One Direction came away with two trophies, for Best Group and Best Touring Artist, dedicating the latter to "our brother Zayn" Malik, who left the band in March. British star Sam Smith won Best New Artist - and accepted his trophy using flash cards after having vocal surgery. He also won Best Male Artist. Australian rapper Iggy Azalea won Top Rap Song for 'Fancy', her collaboration with Britain's Charli XCX, while John Legend won Top Radio Song for 'All Of Me'. Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass' was named top digital song and top Hot 100 song, recognising its US chart performance. Coldplay won best rock album for 'Ghost Stories', while Irish singer Hozier picked up best rock song for 'Take Me To Church'. In tribute to the late singer Ben E King, rock band Imagine Dragons performed 'Stand By Me' to an audience that included the late singer's daughters and granddaughters. Presenter Ludacris also gave a touching tribute to the recently departed blues legend BB King. Scottish rockers Simple Minds took to the stage to perform 'Don't You Forget About Me', marking the 30th anniversary of teen movie 'The Breakfast Club', which featured the song in its closing moments. Kanye West was booed as he closed the show with a medley of hits. Audience members jeered as the rapper's sisters-in-law, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, introduced his set; and the booing continued during his performance and the audience at home voiced their frustration after broadcaster ABC censored over a minute at the start of his short set.