Country Wins 2011 Billboard Music Awards!
The 2011 Billboard Music Awards took ABC by storm Sunday night, and the country nominees were on the scene to represent! Beyond multiple award nominations and wins for country artists the show featured country performances including Keith Urban‘s “Long Hot Summer“.
Taylor Swift dominated in the country only categories winning Top Country Album for “Speak Now“, and Top Country Artist. Additionally, Taylor beat out artists in other genres including Eminem, Susan Boyle, and Justin Bieber winning the Top 200 Album Artist of the Year. Taylor had also been nominated for both Top Artist and Top Female Artist.
Lady Antebellum received recognition for their hit single “Need You Now” winning Top Country Song. The group was also nominated for Top Duo/Group and Top Streaming Song but were beat out by The Black Eyed Peas and Nelly respectively.
Many other country artists were acknowledged for their talents as well including Miranda Lambert, Sugarland, The Band Perry, Jason Aldean, Zac Brown Band, and Kenny Chesney being nominated in various categories.
The forty-six award categories were based on measures provided by Billboard’s data partners including sales data from Nielsen SoundScan, radio airplay monitored by Nielsen BDS, streaming data measured by Tubemogul and Nielsen BDS, social media consumption gauged by Next Big Sound and tour grosses tracked by Billboard Boxscore.