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Billboard Music Awards 2014: Justin Timberlake Among Early Winners

May 19, 2014 (1:17 am) GMT
The former NSYNC member wins the Top Billboard 200 Album award for his 'The 20/20 Experience', while Imagine Dragons nabs Top Rock Album award for their 'Night Visions'.

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards was kicked off at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18 with and teaming up to perform the official World Cup song, "We Are One (Ole-Ola)". Host later took over the show, appearing in a dapper suit and telling the crowd that they were "about to watch the Billboard charts come to life."

Invited to the stage as the first winner of the evening was . The Las Vegas-based band claimed the Top Rock Album award for their acclaimed LP, "". After receiving their trophy from , they said, "Thank you to radio for playing us! This is an incredible honor."

After a dazzling performance from , presented with the Top Billboard 200 Album award for his double album "". The former member, who couldn't attend the event, thanked everyone by singing "Thank You" in a video message.

later came out as a winner in Top New Artist category. Winning over fellow new artist including , the "Royals" hitmakes accepted her trophy from . "I've written what I want to say on my phone, because I don't want to screw it up, the humble star said during her speech.

The BMAs is currently airing on ABC. More winners will be announced as the annual awards show unfolds.

2014 Billboard Music Awards: Arrivals | Winner List | Performances | Press Room


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