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Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift Named ‘Woman of the Year’

Jon Kopaloff, FilmMagic

Country music was well represented at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards Sunday night (May 20) in Los Angeles, with Taylor Swift taking home the huge honor of Woman of the Year.

“The first time I ever saw my song on the Billboard charts, I was 16 and I was on a radio tour … in a rental car, going to three or four different stations a day and homeschooling in the back seat,” Taylor called upon accepting the award. “That seems like forever ago, thanks to so many people — but mostly my family, everyone who’s helped me get here and the fans. I just love you so much! I’m so humbled and honored.”

Other country winners included Lady Antebellum for Top Country Group and Jason Aldean for Country Album of the Year (My Kinda Party) and Country Song of the Year (“Dirt Road Anthem”). Overall, Adele dominated the 2012 Billboard Music Awards with 12 wins. See the nominees and winners’ list below, along with a gallery of some head-turning fashion at the show.

See Red Carpet Pictures From the Billboard Music Awards


2012 Billboard Music Awards Nominees and Winners:

Top Country Artist:
Jason Aldean
Zac Brown Band
Lady Antebellum — WINNER
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Top Country Album:
Jason Aldean, My Kinda PartyWINNER
The Band Perry, The Band Perry
Luke Bryan, Tailgates and Tanlines
Lady Antebellum, We Own the Night
Scotty McCreery, Clear as Day

Top Country Song:
Jason Aldean, “Dirt Road Anthem” – WINNER
Luke Bryan, “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)”
Eli Young Band, “Crazy Girl”
Lady Antebellum, “Just a Kiss”
Blake Shelton, “Honey Bee”

Top Artist:
Adele — WINNER
Lady Gaga
Lil Wayne
Katy Perry

Top New Artist:
Bad Meets Evil
Big Sean
Foster the People
Scotty McCreery
Wiz Khalifa — WINNER

Top Male Artist:
Justin Bieber
Chris Brown
Lil Wayne — WINNER
Bruno Mars

Top Female Artist:
Adele — WINNER
Lady Gaga
Nicki Minaj
Katy Perry

Top Duo/Group:
The Black Eyed Peas
Lady Antebellum
Maroon 5

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Adele 21WINNER
Michael Buble Christmas
Drake Take Care
Lady Gaga Born This Way
Lil Wayne Tha Carter IV

Top Hot 100 Song:
Adele “Rolling in the Deep”
LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem” — WINNER
Maroon 5 Featuring Christina Aguilera “Moves Like Jagger”
Kay Perry Feat. Kanye West “E.T.”
Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer “Give Me Everything”

Top Pop Artist:
Adele — WINNER
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry

Top R&B Artist:
Chris Brown — WINNER
Cee Lo Green

Top Rap Artist:
Lil Wayne — WINNER
Nicki Minaj
Wiz Khalifa

Top Rock Artist:
The Black Keys
Coldplay — WINNER
Foster the People
Foo Fighters
Mumford & Sons

Top Alternative Artist:
The Black Keys
Coldplay — WINNER
Foster the People
Foo Fighters Mumford & Sons

Top Latin Artist:
Mana Pitbull
Prince Royce
Romeo Santos
Shakira — WINNER

Top Dance Artist:
David Guetta
Lady Gaga — WINNER
Britney Spears

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