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Taylor Swift makes history at Billboard Music Awards (plus, the list of winners)

Taylor Swift won eight awards Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, including top artist.
Taylor Swift won eight awards Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, including top artist.
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Taylor Swift won eight awards Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, including top artist.
One Direction picked up two awards and gave a shout-out to former band mate Zayn Malik.
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Taylor Swift won eight awards Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, including top artist.
Britney Spears performs with Iggy Azalea, who won three awards.
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Taylor Swift won eight awards Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, including top artist.
Nicki Minaj's performance of "Hey Mama" and "The Night Is Still Young" featured her dancing more than singing or rapping as she relied on a backing track.
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Taylor Swift won eight awards Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, including top artist.
Kanye West was booed when he performed "All Day" and "Black Skinhead" to close the show. The stage was smoky and it was hard to see the rapper at times.
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Taylor Swift had a historic night at the Billboard Music Awards: The pop star is the most decorated artist in the show's history with 20 wins, beating Garth Brooks' 19-win record.

She won eight awards Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, including top artist, and also opened the show with the premiere of her action-filled, star-studded music video for "Bad Blood."

"It's unbelievable that the fans went out and proved what they proved this year, and that's the only reason I won eight awards," Swift said in an interview with The Associated Press following her wins.

"Is it eight? Did I win eight awards?" she asked excitedly. "Yeah, sick."

Swift's video opened with her and Selena Gomez fighting men in an office and then fighting each other. It ended with Swift's and Gomez's armies going head to head. Other stars in the clip included Mariska Hargitay, Ellen Pompeo, Jessica Alba and Ellie Goulding, and Hayley Williams of Paramore.

Swift swapped her first two verses with new ones from rapper Kendrick Lamar for "Bad Blood," a song rumored to be about Swift's friendship with Katy Perry.

Swift's other wins included top female artist and Billboard 200 album for "1989." She sat in the audience with some of her "Bad Blood" co-stars as well as rumored boyfriend Calvin Harris. Swift kissed the DJ-producer-singer on the cheek and gave him a hug after winning her awards.

"I'm happy right now that it all was pulled off without a hitch," an excited Swift said in the AP interview about her new video. "I can't believe it didn't leak. I can't believe the Kendrick version of the song didn't leak. Right now I am just taking the biggest sigh of relief that the fans got to experience it the way I wanted them to experience it, which was a full element of surprise."

Though Swift had an epic open of the Billboard Awards with her video, Kanye West's closing off the show was tragic. The rapper was booed in Las Vegas when he performed "All Day" and "Black Skinhead." The stage was smoky and it was hard to see West at times.

"And now a doctor," Kylie Jenner said when introducing West, who earned an honorary doctorate from the Art Institute of Chicago.

Others had a good night though onstage. Iggy Azalea, Pharrell and Sam Smith — who is recovery from vocal cord surgery — won three awards each.

One Direction picked up two awards and gave a shout-out to former band mate Zayn Malik.

"There is one more person to share this with, and that's our brother Zayn," Liam Payne said when the boy band won top duo/group.

Van Halen was the night's first performance and rocked the crowd with its 1984 hit "Panama." The Simple Minds, introduced by Molly Ringwald, performed "Don't You (Forget About Me)" from "The Breakfast Club," which is celebrating 30 years.

Britney Spears sported a sheer black cat suit when she performed "Pretty Girls" with Azalea; Mariah Carey, who recently launched a Vegas residency, was pitchy when she sang "Vision of Love" and new single, "Infinity," though she ended with a strong high note; and Nicki Minaj's performance of "Hey Mama" and "The Night Is Still Young" featured her dancing more than singing or rapping as she relied on a backing track.

The night had some emotional moments, too: Chris Brown entered the red carpet holding his daughter Royalty; Ludacris offered some words about the late B.B. King and his renowned career; and a teary and shaky Meghan Trainor won hot 100 song and digital song for "All About That Bass."

Other double winners included Jason Aldean, Hozier, Enrique Iglesias and John Legend.

"I have to thank, of course, my beautiful co-host, my lovely wife, Chrissy Teigen," Legend said when he won top radio song for "All of Me."

"I am so proud that we won this award together tonight."

Hosts Ludacris and Teigen offered some jokes Sunday night: The rapper described why he's a good host, namechecking his music and acting credits. Teigen, a model, replied, "And I bang a musician" as Legend stood up.

Here's the full list of nominees and winners:

TOP ARTIST

Ariana Grande
One Direction
Katy Perry
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift (winner)

TOP COUNTRY ARTIST

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line (winner)
Brantley Gilbert
Blake Shelton

BILLBOARD CHART ACHIEVEMENT AWARD PRESENTED BY SAMSUNG GALAXY (FAN-VOTED)

Iggy Azalea
Taylor Swift (winner)
Meghan Trainor

TOP TOURING ARTIST

Lady Gaga
One Direction (winner)
Katy Perry
The Rolling Stones
Justin Timberlake

TOP FEMALE ARTIST

Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande
Katy Perry
Taylor Swift (winner)
Meghan Trainor

TOP RADIO SONG

John Legend, "All of Me" (winner)
MAGIC!, "Rude"
Nico & Vinz, "Am I Wrong"
Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"
Pharrell Williams, "Happy

TOP MALE ARTIST

Drake
Pharrell Williams
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith (winner)
​Justin Timberlake

TOP RAP SONG

Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, "Fancy" (winner)
Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora, "Black Widow"
Big Sean feat. E-40, "I Don't F--- With You"
Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda"
Bobby Shmurda, "Hot Boy"

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ALBUM

Maroon 5, V
Pentatonix, That's Christmas to Me
Ed Sheeran, x
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
Taylor Swift, 1989  (winner)

TOP DUO/GROUP

5 Seconds of Summer
Florida Georgia Line
MAGIC!
Maroon 5
One Direction  (winner)

TOP NEW ARTIST

5 Seconds of Summer
Iggy Azalea
Hozier
Sam Smith (winner)
​Meghan Trainor

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ARTIST

One Direction
Pentatonix
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift (winner)

TOP HOT 100 ARTIST

Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift (winner)
Meghan Trainor

TOP DIGITAL SONGS ARTIST

Iggy Azalea
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift (winner)
Meghan Trainor

TOP RADIO SONGS ARTIST

John Legend
Maroon 5
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith (winner)
Taylor Swift

TOP SOCIAL ARTIST

Justin Bieber (winner)
Miley Cyrus
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Taylor Swift

TOP STREAMING ARTIST

Iggy Azalea (winner)
Ariana Grande
Nicki Minaj
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor

TOP R&B ARTIST

Beyoncé
Chris Brown
John Legend
Trey Songz
Pharrell Williams (winner)

TOP RAP ARTIST

Iggy Azalea (winner)
J. Cole
Drake
Nicki Minaj
Rae Sremmurd

TOP ROCK ARTIST

Bastille
Coldplay
Fall Out Boy
Hozier (winner)
Lorde

TOP LATIN ARTIST

J Balvin
Juan Gabriel
Enrique Iglesias
Prince Royce
Romeo Santos (winner)

TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC ARTIST

Avicii
Clean Bandit
Disclosure
Calvin Harris (winner)
Lindsey Stirling

TOP CHRISTIAN ARTIST

Casting Crowns
Hillsong United (winner)
Lecrae
MercyMe
Newsboys

TOP SOUNDTRACK

The Fault in Our Stars
Fifty Shades of Grey
Frozen (winner)
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix: Vol. 1
Into the Woods

TOP R&B ALBUM

Beyoncé, Beyoncé
Chris Brown, X
Michael Jackson, Xscape
John Legend, Love in the Future
Pharrell Williams, G I R L (winner)

TOP RAP ALBUM

J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive (winner)
Drake, If You're Reading This It's Too Late
Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint
Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2

TOP COUNTRY ALBUM

Jason Aldean, Old Boots, New Dirt (winner)
Garth Brooks, Man Against Machine
Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am
Miranda Lambert, Platinum

TOP ROCK ALBUM

AC/DC, Rock or Bust
The Black Keys, Turn Blue
Coldplay, Ghost Stories (winner)
Hozier, Hozier
Lorde, Pure Heroine

TOP LATIN ALBUM

Juan Gabriel, Los Dúo
Enrique Iglesias, Sex and Love (winner)
Romeo Santos, Formula: Vol. 2
Santana, Corazon
Marc Anthony, 3.0

TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC ALBUM

Avicii, True
Disclosure, Settle
Calvin Harris, Motion
Skrillex, Recess
Lindsey Stirling, Shatter Me (winner)

TOP CHRISTIAN ALBUM

Lecrae, Anomaly (winner)
Casting Crowns, Thrive
MercyMe, Welcome to the New
NEEDTOBREATHE, Rivers in the Wasteland
Chris Tomlin, Love Ran Red

TOP HOT 100 SONG

Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, "Fancy"
John Legend, "All of Me"
Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"
Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass" (winner)

TOP DIGITAL SONG

Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk!"
Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"
Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass" (winner)
Pharrell Williams, "Happy

TOP STREAMING SONG (AUDIO)

Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, "Fancy"
Hozier, "Take Me to Church"
John Legend, "All of Me" (winner)
Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"
Tove Lo, "Habits (Stay High)"

TOP STREAMING SONG (VIDEO)

Idina Menzel, "Let It Go"
Bobby Shmurda, "Hot Boy"
Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off" (winner)
Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass"

TOP R&B SONG

Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne, French Montana, Too $hort & Tyga, "Loyal"
Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz, "Talk Dirty"
Jeremih feat. YG, "Don't Tell 'Em"
John Legend, "All of Me"
Pharrell Williams, "Happy" (winner)

TOP COUNTRY SONG

Jason Aldean, "Burnin' It Down" (winner)
Luke Bryan, "Play It Again"
Sam Hunt, "Leave the Night On"
Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan, "This Is How We Roll"
Florida Georgia Line, "Dirt"

TOP ROCK SONG

Bastille, "Pompeii"
Coldplay, "A Sky Full of Stars"
Fall Out Boy, "Centuries"
Hozier, "Take Me to Church" (winner)
Paramore, "Ain't It Fun"

TOP LATIN SONG

J Balvin feat. Farruko, "6 AM"
Enrique Iglesias feat. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona, "Bailando" (winner)
Romeo Santos, "Eres Mía"
Romeo Santos feat. Drake, "Odio"
Romeo Santos, "Propuesta Indecente"

TOP DANCE/ELECTRONIC SONG

Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne, "Rather Be"
Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, "Latch"
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, "Turn Down For What" (winner)
Ariana Grande feat. Zedd, "Break Free"
Calvin Harris, "Summer"

TOP CHRISTIAN SONG

Francesca Battistelli, "He Knows My Name"
Hillsong United, "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)"
MercyMe, "Greater"
Newsboys, "We Believe"
Carrie Underwood, "Something in the Water" (winner)

This post has been updated.