Adele wins 12 Billboard awards in Los Angeles
IT WAS another night of triumph for Adele who won 12 trophies at this year's Billboard music awards in Los Angeles.
The British singer picked up the top artist prize and best album for her second record, 21, winning 12 awards in total from 18 nominations. Adele was not present to collect her awards.
Other winners included Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and LMFAO, who picked up song of the year for their single Party Rock Anthem. The US pop act also picked up five other awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Perry was given the spotlight award for being the only female artist in history to have five number one singles in America from one album.
Rappers Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne and R&B singer Chris Brown won top new artist, male artist of the year and R&B artist of the year respectively.
Former American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and John Legend performed a tribute to Whitney Houston at the event.
Bieber also sang his new track Boyfriend accompanied by dancers dressed as clowns and neon geisha girls.
Other performers included Kelly Clarkson, The Wanted, Carly Rae Jepsen, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Linkin Park and Nelly Furtado.
Swift was named Billboard woman of the year and picked up the award from New Girl TV star Zooey Deschanel and veteran country singer and songwriter Kris Kristofferson.
Bieber, 18, picked up the award for the most social artist, thanking his 22 million Twitter followers and 43 million Facebook fans, saying "the internet is where I got my start".
LMFAO kicked off the show with an energetic medley of their hits "Party Rock Anthem" and "Sexy And I Know It." They were followed later by a shirtless Chris Brown performing his dance single "Turn Up The Music" with BMX bikers doing stunts.
Perry, clad in a white dress, hung above the stage in a swing to sing her latest "personal and intimate" heartbreak single Wide Awake. Veteran soul singer Stevie Wonder, 62, was honoured with the Icon award this year and sang "Higher Ground" and "Overjoyed" with R&B singer Alicia Keys, wrapping the set with his hit song "Superstition."