2011 Billboard Music Awards

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2011 Billboard Music Awards
Date May 22, 2011 (2011-05-22)
Location MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
Hosted by Ken Jeong
Television/radio coverage
Network ABC

The 2011 Billboard Music Awards were held May 22, 2011 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and hosted by Ken Jeong. The awards recognized the most popular artists and albums from 2010.


Top Artist New Artist of the Year
Hot 100 Song Top Billboard 200 Album

Presented by: Randy Jackson

Top Billboard 200 Artist Top Touring Artist
Top Duo/Group Top Social Artist

Presented by: Selena Gomez & Rico Rodriguez

Top Billboard 200 Artist Top Hot 100 Artist

Presented by: Matthew Morrison

Top Digital Songs Artist Top Radio Songs Artist
  • Eminem
  • Ke$ha
  • Bruno Mars
  • Katy Perry
  • Rihanna

Presented by: Joe Jonas

  • Drake
  • Bruno Mars
  • Katy Perry
  • Rihanna
  • Usher
Top Streaming Artist Top Digital Media Artist
  • Justin Bieber
  • Eminem
  • Lady Gaga
  • Rihanna
  • Shakira

Presented by: Ken Jeong & Eric Stonestreet

  • Akon
  • Justin Bieber
  • Eminem
  • Lady Gaga
  • Rihanna
Top Male Artist Top Female Artist
  • Drake
  • Eminem
  • Bruno Mars
  • Usher
  • Justin Bieber
  • Ke$ha
  • Lady Gaga
  • Katy Perry
  • Rihanna
  • Taylor Swift
Top Pop Artist Top R&B Artist
  • Justin Bieber
  • The Black Eyes Peas
  • Ke$ha
  • Lady Gaga
  • Katy Perry
Top Rap Artist Top Country Artist
Top Rock Artist Top Alternative Artist
  • The Black Keys
  • Kings of Leon
  • Linkin Park
  • Mumford & Sons
  • Muse
Top Latin Artist Top Dance Artist
Top Christian Artist Top Christian Song
Top Pop Song Top R&B Song
  • "Dynamite" - Taio Cruz
  • "Just the Way You Are" - Bruno Mars
  • "California Gurls" - Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg
  • "Firework" - Katy Perry
  • "Teenage Dream" - Katy Perry
Top Rap Song Top Country Song

Presented by: Tim Allen

Top Rock Song Top Alternative Song
Top Latin Song Top Dance Song
Top Pop Album Top R&B Album
Top Country Album Top Rap Album
Top Rock Album Top Alternative Album
  • Brothers - The Black Keys
  • To the Sea - Jack Johnson
  • Come Around Sundown - Kings of Leon
  • A Thousand Suns - Linkin Park
  • Sigh No More - Mumford & Sons
Top Latin Album Top Dance/Electronic Album
Top Christian Album Special Awards

Millennium award

Presented by: Tina Knowles

Icon Award


Artist(s) Song(s)
Britney Spears
The Black Eyed Peas "Just Can't Get Enough"
"The Time (Dirty Bit)"
"Boom Boom Pow"
"I Gotta Feeling"
Keith Urban "Long Hot Summer"
"Give Me Everything"
Beyoncé "Run the World (Girls)"
Lady Antebellum "Just a Kiss"
Taio Cruz "Break Your Heart"
Far East Movement
Snoop Dogg
"Good Life"
"Like A G6"
"If I Was You (OMG)"
Cee Lo Green
Mikky Ekko
"Bright Lights Bigger City"
"Forget You"
Mary J. Blige
Lil Wayne
"Someone to Love Me (Naked)"
Ke$ha "Animal"
Nicki Minaj
Britney Spears
"Super Bass"
"Till the World Ends"
Neil Diamond "Sweet Caroline"

Critical reception and controversy[edit]

Overall, critics praised the performances in whole. Critics, however, noted Beyoncé as the standout performer of the night.[1] However, some controversy was generated from the show. The Parents Television Council criticized Rihanna and Britney Spears's Performance of S&M (Remix), calling it "explicit", with PTC president saying "I cannot imagine what would possibly lead the ABC television network to air a profanity-laced, S&M sex show on primetime broadcast television", while criticizing the choice to air the performance first, on what they claim is a normally family targeted time slot (the show aired at 8:00 p.m.).[2]


  1. ^ archive-Fernanda-Diaz 08/09/2010. "First MTV TJ Gabi Gregg Wants To Give Followers 'A Voice'". mtv.com. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Nagesh, Gautham (24 May 2011). "Parents group targets Billboard performance by Rihanna, Britney Spears". thehill.com. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 

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