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Lorde, Justin Timberlake early winners at Billboard Music Awards

Published on May 19, 2014 9:54 AM
Singer Lorde accepts the top new artist award onstage at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) – Justin Timberlake, New Zealand singer Lorde and hometown alternative rock group Imagine Dragons were the early winners at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday in Las Vegas, while a computer-generated Michael Jackson danced and sang a new song.

The annual awards show, a key showcase event for the music industry, honoured Timberlake with the top Billboard 200 album for last year’s The 20/20 Experience, the highest prize for an album at the show.

The 33-year-old pop singer, who is on tour in Europe and not in attendance, accepted the award in a taped speech with his touring band, leading them in a gospel and blues-tinged song of Thank You.

But the top moment of the show so far was a performance of Slave To The Rhythm by late pop star Michael Jackson, whose likeness and dancing was rendered by a computer-generated imaging, prompting an emotional standing ovation from the crowd.

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