Billboard Music Awards 2014 highlights

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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Ariana Grande lit up the stage with strong vocals and classy sass.

On Sunday night, the Billboard Music Awards 2014 took over the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, with chart-toppers duking it out for the highest honors. Before the show kicked off with celebrity trophy presenters ranging from rapper and actor Ludacris to the Bachelorette’s Andi Dorfman, the red carpet was filled with eye-catching fashion and swagger. The edgy-yet-chic styles of Kendall and Kylie Jenner dazzled, while cameras flashed for super couples like Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, as well as Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo.

Billboard magazine is no stranger to ranking the hottest acts in the nation, especially since its top 100 charts are some of the most widely respected music lists in the biz. Originally published in 1894, Billboard is one of the oldest trade magazines in the world, and didn’t begin specializing in the music industry until the 1960s. Now, besides pumping out internationally recognized record charts, the mag has hosted a yearly Billboard Music Awards show since 1989.

First of all, congrats to J. Lo not only for opening the show with a spectacular performance alongside Pitbull, but also for ending the ceremony with a bang as she accepted the 2014 Icon Award. Oh, and let’s not forget the hologram of Michael Jackson busting some old school moves onstage! Talk about a creepy-cool blend of modern technology with the King of Pop.

Justin Timberlake cleaned house like he usually does at music awards shows, taking Top artist, Top male artist, Top Billboard 200 artist, Top radio songs artist, Top R&B artist, Top Billboard 200 album, and Top R&B album. Whoa! As far as bands, Imagine Dragons breathed some real fire with Top duo/group, Top hot 100 artist, Top rock artist, Top rock album, and Top streaming song (audio). Other notables were Lorde for Top new artist and Top rock song, Katy Perry for Top female artist and Top digital songs artist, and Robin Thicke for Top Hot 100 song, Top digital song, Top radio song, Top streaming song (audio), and Top R&B song.

Images courtesy of Billboard.