Nicki Minaj and Rihanna took control of the rap and R&B categories respectively at the Billboard Music Awards 2013, which took place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas tonight (May 19).
Nicki Minaj brought home three of the four rap awards, earning the Top Rap Artist; Top Rap Album, for Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded; and Top Streaming Artist awards. Elsewhere during the awards, Nicki Minaj gave Lil Wayne a lap dance during their performance of “High School.”
Rihanna dominated the R&B category, bringing home all four awards: Top R&B Artist; Top R&B Album, for Unapologetic; Top R&B Song, for “Diamonds”; and Top Radio Songs Artist.
The Billboard Music Awards 2013 were based on information collected between March 12, 2012 and March 10, 2013. As per Billboard, Billboard Music Awards finalists were based on fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements were tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound.
The Billboard Music Awards 2013 had 45 categories, 10 of which were broadcast on ABC.