Stars Shine at Billboard Music Awards

Rihanna and Taylor Swift stole the show at the revived music awards. Britney didn't do too badly, either.

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Singer Beyonce performs onstage during the 2011 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Beyonce, along with a whole host of Girls (who run the world), prepare for an electrifying performance. Beyonce received a special "Millennium" Award for her career achievements: The 29-year-old phenomenon was lauded in a video by an array of legends and luminaries, including Stevie Wonder, Barbara Streisand, Bono, Lady Gaga and Michelle Obama.
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Beyonce's mom, Tina Knowles, presented her with the special award for her career achievements. "This is a moment I have to soak in because it is one of the best moments of my life," the singer said. Click through to see more dazzling pictures from the 2011 Billboard Music Awards.
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The Billboard Awards were revived--the first time since 2006--and A-listers from across the music industry were sure to bring their A-game.
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"The Hangover's" Ken Jeong hosted, though we're fairly certain he took his wardrobe cues from another famous Las Vegas performer. The Billboard Awards were rekindled for the first time since 2006.
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Another shocked Taylor Swift! Possibly one of Miss Swift's most practiced expressions, she never ceases to be amazed that people like her music. Matthew Morrison presents the award to the shocked songbird.
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No surprises here. Taylor Swift took home a slew of awards, including Aritst of the Year. "I'm just havin' the best time doin' this," the pop-country singer reckoned.
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Rihanna took home a lot of awards, but the steamy performance of "S&M" she gave probably didn't hurt either.
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Britney really loves the girl-on-girl awards show kiss. She and Rihanna shared a steamy one after performing Rihanna's hit "S&M" together. Get a room, you two!
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Worlds collided as pop princesses from different eras took the stage together.
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Ke$ha wowed fans with her usual getup of feathers, glitter, and tights that looked like they survived several tiger maulings.
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Beyonce (or is that Sasha Fierce?) tore up the stage performing songs from her new album. One thing that wasn't popular at the awards show? Pants.
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Rihanna's locks are always prone to change, but here, she had a little Whitney Houston vibe going.
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The Biebs was all smiles after he won the fan favorite. But who could resist the teen sensation -- especially in a golden suit?
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Ne-Yo and Pitbull performed Vegas-style.
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Neil Diamond performed the ubiquitous "Sweet Caroline," to rave reception from the audience. He received Billboard's "Icon" award. "I don't know what it means exactly to be an icon," the singer quipped. "I've always wanted to be one and I guess now I am."
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Lady Antebellum, coming off of last year's Grammy high, took home another award, and looked happy doing so.
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Nas brought his signature swagger to the stage.
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Cee Lo Green played it down from the Grammys, trading his feathery-knight getup for a more streamlined silver, gunmetal, and black. Then his piano started levitating.
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The Black Eyed Peas got the party started.
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