Stars shine at Billboard Music Awards
Beyonce takes the stage Sunday night in Las Vegas at the Billboard Music Awards.
May 22nd, 2011
11:38 PM ET

Stars shine at Billboard Music Awards

The Billboard Music Awards aired Sunday night on ABC with a bevy of top performances from music’s luminaries.

Rihanna. Taylor Swift. Lady Antebellum. Justin Bieber. All the big names won awards. But as it goes with awards shows, it was the performances that made the show.

Keith Urban turned in a spirited performance of "Long Hot Summer." Mary J Blige and Lil Wayne performed "Someone to Love." The Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj all took turns on the stage.

Beyonce, who took home the Billboard Millennium Award, rocked the place into a frenzy. The singer delighted fans with a fiery performance of her new single, “Who Run the World (Girls)" before receiving the award from her mother, Tina Knowles.

On Twitter Sunday night, the event’s goings-on were heavily and hilariously tweeted, with Lady Antebellum, Billboards, Black Eyed Peas and Fergie all being top Twitter topics.

In February the social networking site was posited by Twitter CEO Dick Costolo as a “second screen” alongside live TV shows, turning television broadcasts into interactive social networking affairs.

And Sunday night was no exception. The hilarious tweets were coming rapidly.

BobbyJamess tweeted, "That awkward moment when Tina Knowles is trending & Beyoncé isn't."

It was that kind of night.

Beyonce's performance Sunday capped an impressive week in which she debuted the long-form version of the lead single from her forthcoming album, "4," and released the cover art for the project.

“I first want to start off by thanking my foundation, my family," she said. "I like to thank my father for teaching me so much about the music industry ... I like to thank (former Destiny's Child members) Kelly and Michelle," she said.

Rihanna won top female artist, screaming “Rihanna Naveeeey," an endearing term for her legion of fans, into the mic in what passed for a short acceptance speech.

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    TAYLOR SWIFT'S performance was way better that beyonce's...

    May 22, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Are you kidding me ?

      @ RUFFNUTT Neither me or Kayne West agrees with you ! Beyonce is simply the greatest female artist of this era !

      May 23, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Beyonce is getting old. I am tired of her, and much prefer others. She is no empire but just a dressed up entertainer, wearing flashy outfits, yet always sounding the same.

      New faces are much more attractive now.

      May 23, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • omar

      Yea, just like Micheal Jackson, the greatest of all time!!!

      May 23, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ellis

    Those are good performers, but I prefer the Village People. YMCA. YMCA. The construction worker was my favorite.

    May 22, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cynthia

    The best performance of the night was Keith Urban. No gimmicks or flashy props just pure, natural charisma and abundant undeniable talent. Could watch him 24-7!

    May 22, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ellis

    I don't know what it is. But there is something about a woman ruffing me up. I luv it. I'm bi, not gay.

    May 23, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kevin

    No mention of U2 getting the top tour. Excellent coverage, CNN.

    May 23, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ellis

    Hiiiii Kevin.

    May 23, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. ComeOnMan9

    My soapbox:
    Beyonce, you have talent and beauty beyond compare, could please stop dressing like a hoochie mama and yes I am old wrinkly jealous woman. B, you got the chops, we don't need to see your a$$. Let the no talents distract us with their breastsis(hee-hee).

    May 23, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • MannyMota

      If she stopped dressing that way no one would pay attention.

      May 23, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ellis

    I'm sxully confused.

    May 23, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. Maggie

    This show sucked big time, nothing but trash mostly, lots of bleeping of words, garbage outfits, just plain old crap.

    May 23, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Alienate

      I agree. I had to turn the TV off after Beyonce's "act" Her video on American Idol was also pure trash.

      May 23, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. marieee

    She has to dress with her ass hanging out because she has no voice.

    May 23, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ellis

    Hay! Hay! Hay! Hay! Hay! Macho Macho mannn. I want to be... a macho man. Macho macho mannnnn I want to be a machhooooo

    May 23, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  12. Smegma

    Ice cream has no bones.

    May 23, 2011 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey

    Kanye is a missing link looking little baboon. I swear I saw him at the zoo last week. He was flinging poo at the other chimpanzees.

    May 23, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  14. Willett Reed

    I was watching Celebrity Apprentice and I was under tornado watch in Tulsa, OK. I am so mad; I forgot it was on.

    BEYONCE is the number one entertainer in the WORLD! I hope they re-run it!!!!!!

    And for all you haters you SUCK!

    And GOD BLESS Joplin, Missouri

    May 23, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
    • omar

      Thank you Willett, She is the best. People are hating on her, but when LADY GAGA with her horns and devil worshiping behind is on coming out with demonic videos, everybody congradulates her. Even with Brittany Spears, She's so drugged up, she cant even sing live anymore (on stage looking lost and confused). Beyonce needed to be honored last night for all the things she's done musically, and to help society (if you dont know what im talking about, she just made a recent music video to help kids eat healthy and to move around b/c American Kids are sooo FAT and unhealthy per Michelle Obama), so stop the neg comments on someone that's being a great performer/artist/motivator/entertainer!

      May 23, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
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    May 23, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
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