He wasn’t in attendance, but that didn’t stop Justin Timberlake from having a pretty solid night at the Billboard Music Awards.
While on tour abroad, the singer nabbed seven awards at the ceremony Sunday night (May 18) in Las Vegas, including the distinction of the year’s top album for The 20/20 Experience and top artist overall.
For his televised acceptances, Timberlake didn’t just give thanks — he sang them. He composed a quick little ditty with his backing band each time, running down the thanks to “everybody on earth… except Donald Sterling.” He proceeded to walk off camera shaking his head.
Timberlake was rivaled only by local Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons, who earned the distinction of top group and won multiple awards for songs from breakthrough album Night Visions, including top Hot 100 artist and top rock album. The band was actually in the building, adding a performance of “Tiptoe.”
Other big winners included Lorde, whose “Royals” took home the top rock song distinction along with top new artist, and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” which swept many of the song categories, including top Hot 100 song.