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Taylor Swift dominates Billboard Music Awards

Taylor Swift dominated the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday (17May15), winning eight prizes, including Top Artist.

The Blank Space hitmaker, who went into the prizegiving with 14 nominations, took home one of the first awards of the night for Top Billboard 200 Album for her smash hit 1989.

She went on to receive prizes for Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top 100 Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Digital Songs Artist, Top Streaming Song (Video), and Billboard Chart Achievement Award before the final accolade of the night, Top Artist.

Swift also opened the show with the premiere of her all-action, star-studded new video Bad Blood, which featured cameos from the likes of Cindy Crawford, Jessica Alba, Lena Dunham, Ellie Goulding and Selena Gomez.

Her friend Sam Smith was the other big winner of the night, taking home the Top Male Artist, New Artist, and Top Radio Songs Artist prizes.

The British soul singer was unable to attend the event, as he's on strict vocal rest after undergoing throat surgery last week (14May15), but he did send a pre-taped video message, during which he held up cue cards with his acceptance speech written on it. It read: "First, Thank you Billboard for this incredible honor. Secondly thank you to my amazing fans. It's time like this that I realize how lucky I am to have you in my life. Can't wait to get this surgery out of the way so I can sing my a** off for you again.

"And lastly, seeing as you guys are in Vegas, Taylor... Put a 100 (dollar bill) on black for me. Nicki (Minaj)... Oh... My... God.. look at her bum! And Ed (Sheeran)... I've organized a special dance for you at... (male strip club) Chippendales. Good night and turn up!"

Other multiple winners included Pharrell Williams, who swept the three R&B categories and Iggy Azalea, who was also a triple winner, Hozier and One Direction.

Mariah Carey, who recently kicked off her Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace, took the stage at the Billboards for the first time in 17 years and treated the audience with a performance of her number one hit Vision of Love and her latest song Infinity.

Actress Molly Ringwald celebrated the 30th anniversary of The Breakfast Club onstage as she introduced Simple Minds to the stage for a performance of their iconic hit from the movie, Don't You (Forget About Me), while other show highlights included performances by Van Halen, Ed Sheeran, Kanye West and the cast of hit hip-hop drama Empire.

Star-studded duets were also a theme throughout the night, as Meghan Trainor and John Legend, Little Big Town and Faith Hill, Chris Brown and Pitbull, David Guetta and Nicki Minaj, and Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea all took the stage for memorable performances.

Rapper Ludacris returned to host the prizegiving for the second year in a row, alongside Legend's wife and supermodel Chrissy Teigen at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.

The list of winners at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards is:

Top Artist - Taylor Swift

Top New Artist - Sam Smith

Top Male Artist - Sam Smith

Top Female Artist - Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group - One Direction

Top Touring Artist - One Direction

Top Billboard 200 Artist - Taylor Swift

Top Billboard 200 Album - Taylor Swift, 1989

Top Hot 100 Artist - Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Song - Meghan Trainor, All About That Bass

Top Radio Songs Artist - Sam Smith

Top Radio Song - John Legend, All of Me

Top Digital Songs Artist - Taylor Swift

Top Digital Song - Meghan Trainor, All About That Bass

Top Social Artist - Justin Bieber

Top Streaming Artist - Iggy Azalea

Top Streaming Song (Audio) - John Legend, All of Me

Top Streaming Song (Video) - Taylor Swift, Shake It Off

Top Christian Artist - Hillsong United

Top Christian Song - Carrie Underwood, Something in the Water

Top Christian Album - Lecrae, Anomaly

Top Country Artist - Florida Georgia Line

Top Country Song - Jason Aldean, Burnin' It Down

Top Country Album - Jason Aldean, Old Boots, New Dirt

Top Dance/Electronic Artist - Calvin Harris

Top Dance/Electronic Song - DJ Snake & Lil Jon, Turn Down For What

Top Dance/Electronic Album - Lindsey Stirling, Shatter Me

Top Latin Artist - Romeo Santos

Top Latin Song - Enrique Iglesias feat. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona, Bailando

Top Latin Album - Enrique Iglesias, Sex and Love

Top R&B Artist - Pharrell Williams

Top R&B Song - Pharrell Williams, Happy

Top R&B Album - Pharrell Williams, G I R L

Top Rap Artist - Iggy Azalea

Top Rap Song - Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, Fancy

Top Rap Album - J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive

Top Rock Artist - Hozier

Top Rock Song - Hozier, Take Me to Church

Top Rock Album - Coldplay, Ghost Stories

Top Soundtrack - Frozen

Billboard Chart Achievement Award - Taylor Swift