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The finalists for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards have been announced in advance of the May 18 telecast, with Imagine Dragons and Lorde leading all artists.

Imagine Dragons and Lorde are finalists in 12 of the 40 categories, with Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in 11, 10 and eight respectively.

2014 Billboard Music Awards Finalists
Lorde's smash hit song "Royals." The New Zealand singer is becoming an international star.
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Lorde - Royals

1. Lorde - Royals

Lorde's smash hit song "Royals." The New Zealand singer is becoming an international star.


Avicii - Wake Me Up

2. Avicii - Wake Me Up

The music video for Avicii's smash hit single "Wake Me Up."


Imagine Dragons - Radioactive

3. Imagine Dragons - Radioactive

Imagine Dragons' music video for their smash hit song Radioactive.


Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines (Unrated)

4. Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines (Unrated)

Music video by Robin Thicke performing "Blurred Lines." With nude models in the house. NSFW.


Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball (Music Video)

5. Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball (Music Video)

Miley Cyrus has released the music video for "Wrecking Ball." She's very much naked in it. Check it out here!


Katy Perry - Roar (Music Video)

6. Katy Perry - Roar (Music Video)

Katy Perry has released her music video for "Roar." It's here, and it's everything we thought it would be.


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Can't Hold Us ft. Ray Dalton

7. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Can't Hold Us ft. Ray Dalton

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' music video for Can't Hold Us ft. Ray Dalton.


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Thrift Shop (Ft. Wanz)

8. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Thrift Shop (Ft. Wanz)

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' viral hit Thrift Shop (Ft. Wanz). It's about ... well, shopping at the thrift store.


Daft Punk - Get Lucky ft. Pharell Williams

9. Daft Punk - Get Lucky ft. Pharell Williams

Daft Punk's video for Get Lucky featuring Pharell Williams of course.


Leading the song race with five title categories each are Lorde and Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell Williams with their respective Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s.

"Royals" and "Blurred Lines" were two of the biggest songs of 2013. Imagine Dragons and Perry both come in second with four each for "Radioactive" and "Roar."

Daft Punk and Pharrell's "Get Lucky," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Can’t Hold Us" and "Thrift Shop," Miley Cyrus’ "Wrecking Ball" and Avicii’s "Wake Me Up" each got two nods.

Timberlake has the most entries as a finalist for albums with three, including two for Top R&B Album with The 20/20 Experience and The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2).

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Kid Rock said what was on a lot of people's minds last night when he took the stage and delivered a major diss at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.

Taking the mic from Tracy Morgan to present Top Rap Song honors, he told the audience to "Give it up for people lip-synching under pre-recorded music."

BURN! The barb came after performances from Selena Gomez, Icona Pop and Chris Brown, but it's unclear if he was calling anyone out specifically.

He was also holding what appeared to be a coffee cup. Hilarious.

Ah, Kid Rock. No matter what you think of his music, the man is an artiste. One with no tolerance for pansies getting up there and mouthing lyrics.

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Of all the Billboard Music Awards fashion hits and misses, Madonna's was definitely tops in one of the two categories, depending on your point of view.

The Material Girl, 54, hit the stage in a pair of shades, fishnets, black underwear and apparently no pants as she accepted Top Touring Artist honors.

Guess when you end 2012 with the top-grossing tour - earning $305 million no less - and you don't want to wear pants, no one's gonna call you out.

Madonna took the MGM Las Vegas stage with will.i.am. Take a look:

Other questionable Billboard Music Awards displays included:

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By now, you've watched the performances (Chris Brown does Kung Fu! Nicki Minaj lap dances Lil Wayne!) and you've seen the acceptance speeches (Justin Bieber booed?!?).

But what about the red carpet suits, sweaters and dresses?

What about those big-time fashion hits and those serious swings and misses? From Ke$a exposing nearly everything to Madonna refusing to age, we've posted a number of event photos below.

Click through them now and settle on your favorite outfit:

  • Ke$ha at Billboard Music Awards
  • Madonna at Billboard Music Awards

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Nicki Minaj proved, with her raunchy performance at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, that she can be a lady on the streets and a freak on the stage.

She walked the red carpet in an elegant red gown, but oh how quickly things changed. The rapper gave Lil Wayne a lap dance, "High School" style.

Twerking like a woman possessed in her shredded leggings, midriff-baring crop-top, and high heels, she straddled and writhed against Weezy. Hard.

The big finish to Nicki Minaj's explicit twerk fest involved her completely bent over suggestively fanning her fingers between her legs. Check it out:

We haven't seen a "High School" twerking display like this since ... well, the Scripps Ranch twerk team video that got 33 high school kids suspended.

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Say what you will about Chris Brown, the man never phones in a live performance. Even when people are phoning in death threats to him the same day.

The singer turned in a high powered, feisty rendition of "Fine China" at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards last night, engaging in some Kung Fu acrobatics!

  • Chris Brown Kung Fu!
  • Chris Brown RAGE!
  • Chris Brown Gets High

In a series of choreographed high flying kicks and punches, the 24-year-old R&B sensation pretended to knock down a crew of martial arts dancers.

He made quick work of them, too, unlike Frank Ocean or Drake.

Brown finished the performance with a series of impressive aerial maneuvers, including one in which he soared above his opponents heads sans wires.

Miguel, you may want to take some notes here man:

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Contrary to earlier reports, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez did not sit next to each other at last night's Billboard Music Awards.

But the estranged couple did greet each other with a peck on the cheek backstage. Much to the chagrin of Taylor Swift.

In a gif making its way around the Internet, Selena and Justin stop for a friendly, semi-romantic gesture... only for Taylor to catch a peek of her bestie and Bieber and react in hilariously disgusted fashion.

See for yourself:

Taylor Swift: Grossed Out By Jelena Kiss

All three artists also performed at the ceremony, as Swift sang 22, Bieber sang Take You and Gomez sang Come & Get It.

But why do we have a feeling all anyone will be talking about today is the actions of these three backstage, not on the stage?

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Now this is how you close an awards ceremony!

Toward the end of the Billboard Music Awards last night, Prince received the Icon Award. But instead of an acceptance speech, the legendary artist shocked viewers with a rare television performance.

Watch him sing the 1984 smash “Let’s Go Crazy” here and then transition to his newest track, "FIXURLIFEUP."

Among other Billboard highlights:

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PSY and Tracy Morgan engaged in the briefest of dance-offs last night at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards before Chris Brown took the MGM Grand stage.

Morgan, the host of the mega-music event, appeared on stage in a yellow suit, black hat and sunglasses and urged PSY to participate in a dance battle.

The spontaneous dance duet came just before they introduced Chris Brown, who performed his track "Fine China." Watch the amusing duo do its thing:

The only downside? This was all we got from PSY Sunday.

He did perform his second straight #1 hit on American Idol's finale last week. Follow the jump if you missed the rapper's live rendition of "Gentleman" ...

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Like her ex-boyfriend, Selena Gomez courted some controversy at last night's Billboard Music Awards.

With Justin Bieber singing his own praises and addressing haters while accepting the Milestone Award, Gomez ignored her critics and donned a Bindi once again while performing the track "Come & Get It."

Religious leaders in the past have taken Selena to task for inappropriately sporting this symbol on stage.

Do you think she should cut it out of her act? Watch her latest performance now and react:

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