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Billboard Awards 2013: Taylor Swift wins 8 gongs

Francesca Menato
by Francesca Menato Published on 20 May 2013
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It was a night to celebrate the charts - last night the Billboard Awards took place in Las Vegas and one singer had an especially good night. Taylor Swift picked up eight awards while Justin Bieber and Madonna both took home a respectable three each.

Taylor Swift took home a stack of gongs at the 2013 Billboard Awards last night.

Not quite 22, but she did win eight of the 11 categories she was nominated for!

These included her classic win - Best Country Artist - and the highly coveted awards for Top Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album for her latest record Red.

The 23-year-old, who has penned most of her hits following relationship break-downs, told her fans: "You are the longest and best relationship I ever had."

It certainly does seem to be going well.

As well as scooping up a load of awards, Taylor also gave a performance of her hit single 22.

Taylor Swift and Celine Dion at the Billboards © Getty

The bad boy of pop Justin Bieber,19, was also honoured at the ceremony.

He performed twice and snapped up three prizes, beating Taylor to the fan-voted Milestone Award for which he received some boos as he headed to the stage.

He responded: "I'm 19 years old; I think I'm doing a pretty good job. And basically from my heart I really just want to say it should really be about the music, it should be about the craft that I'm making. This is not a gimmick.

"I'm an artist and I should be taken seriously and all this other bull should not be spoken."

Sorry, Justin - we can't take you seriously in that leather, drop-crotch ensemble - congrats on the awards though!

Justin Bieber at the Billboards © Getty

Music veteran Madonna proved why she's still in the game as she also won three awards, including Top Touring Artist and Best Dance Song and Album.

Both Rihanna and Gotye won two awards each but neither were present to accept their prizes. Maroon 5 and Fun similarly were not in town to pick up their one award each.

One star who did make it to the show was Nicki Minaj, who was the lucky winner of the Top Rap Artist, beating Drake, Flo Rida, Pitbull and Psy.

She said when accepting her prize: "I definitely did not expect this one!"

Carly Rae Jepson also picked up an award for her ubiquitous summer tune Call Me Maybe.

Carly Rae Jepson at the Billboards © Getty
by Francesca Menato