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Billboard Music Award Highlights: Beyonce, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, List of Winners & More

The 2011 Billboard Music Awards is back and kicked off earlier tonight in Las Vegas!

The awards show was cancelled in 2007 and has been M.I.A for a couple years but came back stronger than ever with performances from top artists.

Award Highlights:

Beyonce killed her performance for "Run the World (Girls)" with her hubby rapper, Jay-Z and her former Destiny Child members Kelly and Michelle cheering her on in the crowd.

She incorporated the same theme from her video and had an army of female dancers along with her.This diva brought everyone to their feet and received a standing ovation at the end.  

Beyonce was also presented the Millenium Award by her mom and gave an amazing 'Thank you speech' thanking all members of Destiny’s Child including past members LaToya and LaTavia, what happened to Farrah? 

And of course she thanked her hubby,
“I don’t want to put you on the spot because I know they’re probably putting the camera in your face right now, but I love me some Jay-Z."

Mary J. Blige performed her song "Somebody to Love Me" with a street set up stage matching her set up of the music video to this song. She started off singing acapella and then brought out Lil' Wayne. It totally messes up the song when a rapper constantly gets 'bleeped' out as Lil' Wayne did in his part of the performance.

Rihanna and Britney appear at the 2011 Billboard Awards.

I thought it was cute that Justin Bieber, the Top New Artist winner, was there to present Rihanna with the Top Female Artist award. Bieber was on 106 & Park last year when he said he had a crush on Rihanna.

And speaking of her, Miss Rihanna opened the show tonight and absolutely killed her "S&M" performance.

Handcuffed for the entire performance in her blinged out cuffs and rope, Rihanna playfully danced on stage, on a chair and on a pole.

Wearing high white boots that matched her revealing white corset outfit she brought out a special guest, Britney Spears. Britney wore all black and came out blindfolded and the crowd went crazy. The two ended the performace with a pillow fight and giggles. 

Britney Spears was all over tonight, not only did she have her own performance to "Till the World Ends" and her performance with Rihanna, she also came out to join Nicki Minaj in her performance.

Taylor Swift came out to introduce Nicki Minaj and said she is the first female rapper to have seven songs in the Billboard hot 100.

Performing her song "Super Bass" Nicki had a playful, cute performance and her and her female dancers gave lap dances to topless men. Britney Spears then joined her tour partner, Nicki on stage and the two ended the performance singing the remix to "Till the World Ends."

Eminem and Justin Bieber won several awards tonight and Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Usher also picked up a couple of Artist and Album awards. 

2011 Billboard Music Award Winners List

Top 10 Billboard Music Award Performances