”Thank you for making my music the soundtrack to your crazy emotions. You are the longest and best relationship I’ve had,” Taylor told fans during her acceptance speech.
Justin Bieber, who performed at the gala, was elected “Top Male Artist” and was rewarded with his first Milestone Award, a distinction based on fans’ vote that rewards innovation and originality in music.
The Canadian singer, 19, was booed by the public but when he went on stage to receive the award.
”I’m 19 years old. I think I’m doing a pretty good job. It should really be about the music. This is not a gimmick. I’m an artist and I should be taken seriously. And all this other bull should not be spoken of,” he said in his speech.
Among the other artists who performed Sunday night at the 2013 Billboard Awards were Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez and Taylor Swift.
Prince, who performed some of his successful songs, was awarded the Icon Award.