Timberlake Thanks “Everybody Except Donald Sterling” For Billboard Award Win

Written by Greg Moskovitch on May 19, 2014

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards have come to an end at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, leaving in its wake a happy Justin Timberlake — who took home seven awards including Top Artist — and a rather incredulous Lorde, whose hit Royals nabbed the Top Rock Song award.

Timberlake was the man of the evening, with his 2013 album The 20/20 Experience bringing home the gold in the categories of Top Billboard 200 Album as well as Top R&B Album, and Timberlake himself scoring massive wins in just about every Artist category that Billboard have an award for.

Timberlake was joined by his band while accepting the award for Top Artist backstage. The singer thanked the other nominees, stating humorously, “It’s not a competition, but if it was, I won!” He then thanked “everybody on Earth,” except disgraced former LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Watch: Justin Timberlake Thanks Everybody In The World, Except Donald Sterling

Right behind JT were Las Vegas boys Imagine Dragons, who took home five awards, including Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Duo/Group, and Top Rock Artist, while Blurred Lines nabbed Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell Williams four awards, among them, Top Hot 100 Song, and Top Digital Song.

Aussies were in full force during the ceremony, with performances from Queensland rapper Iggy Azalea, who was joined by Charli XCX and Ariana Grande to perform Fancy and Problem, while Kendall Jenner almost introduced Sydney pop punk boys 5 Seconds Of Summer as One Direction.

Watch: Kendall Jenner’s Billboard Music Awards Fail

Another questionable occurrence was Lorde receiving the award for Top Rock Song. Much as we love the talented Kiwi, even Lorde herself confusedly flashed a corna before thanking the “superhuman” effort of her label. The telecast also featured a performance of her hit Tennis Court.


Among the other performances was a notable appearance from the late King of Pop Michael Jackson, who appeared in hologram form to perform Slave To The Rhythm, from the legendary performer’s recently released compilation of previously unreleased studio material, Xscape.

We also saw a trippy performance from Miley Cyrus — who took home the Top Streaming Artist trophy — who received help from Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd on a rendition of The BeatlesLucy in the Sky With Diamonds, which will soon be released as a single.

Watch: Michael Jackson Slave To The Rhythm Live At BBMAs 2014

Viewers were also treated to two performances from Jennifer Lopez — among a total of 19 musical performances — a premiere of the Miranda LambertCarrie Underwood duet Somethin’ Bad, and Katy Perry managed to pop in remotely from London for a performance of her Billboard hit, Birthday.

Readers can check out the full list of winners from this year’s Billboard Music Awards below. Among the notable wins was Perry in the category of Top Female Artist, Bon Jovi receiving the award for Top Touring Artist, and pop recidivist Justin Bieber naturally nabbing the award for Top Social Artist.

Billboard Music Awards 2014 – Winners


Top Artist
Justin Timberlake

Top New Artist

Top Male Artist
Justin Timberlake

Top Female Artist
Katy Perry

Top Duo/Group
Imagine Dragons

Top Billboard 200 Artist
Justin Timberlake

Top Hot 100 Artist
Imagine Dragons

Top Digital Songs Artist
Katy Perry

Top Radio Songs Artist
Justin Timberlake

Top Touring Artist
Bon Jovi

Top Social Artist
Justin Bieber

Top Streaming Artist
Miley Cyrus

Top R&B Artist
Justin Timberlake

Top Rap Artist

Top Country Artist
Luke Bryan

Top Rock Artist
Imagine Dragons

Top Latin Artist
Marc Anthony

Top Dance/Electronic Artist
Daft Punk

Top Christian Artist
Chris Tomlin


Top Billboard 200 Album
Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience

Top R&B Album
Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience

Top Rap Album
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Top Country Album
Luke Bryan, Crash My Party

Top Rock Album
Imagine Dragons, Night Visions

Top Latin Album
Marc Anthony, 3.0

Top Dance/Electronic Album
Daft Punk, Random Access Memories

Top Christian Album
Alan Jackson, Precious Memories: Volume II


Top Hot 100 Song
Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell, Blurred Lines

Top Digital Song
Robin Thicke, Featuring T.I. & Pharrell Blurred Lines

Top Radio Song
Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell, Blurred Lines

Top Streaming Song (Audio)
Imagine Dragons, Radioactive

Top Streaming Song (Video)
Miley Cyrus, Wrecking Ball

Top R&B Song
Robin Thicke Feat. T.I. & Pharrell, Blurred Lines

Top Rap Song
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Ray Dalton, Can’t Hold Us

Top Country Song
Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nelly, Cruise

Top Rock Song
Lorde, Royals

Top Latin Song
Marc Anthony, Vivir Mi Vida

Top Dance/Electronic Song
Avicii, Wake Me Up!

Top Christian Song
Matthew West, Hello, My Name Is

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