The Billboard Music Awards (or BBMAs), which were revived last year after a four-year hiatus, are the real People's Choice Awards — with the exception of the occasional editorial call, winners are selected based on hard data mined from Billboard's charts over a year period. In other words, you bought this music, people, and last night at Las Vegas' MGM Grand, the artists reaped the prizes. That means it's no surprise that Adele, who also led the pack when finalists were announced, snagged the most, taking home 12 of the 18 she was up for, including Top Artist. Her impressive haul doubled the second-place finisher, LMFAO, partially because the British singer, like Coldplay, dominated more than one genre's categories (pop and alternative, whereas Chris Martin and Co. also hit the alternative and rock formats). With the winners sort of a fait accompli, the real drama at the BBMAs came from tributes and performances by basically every charting artist imaginable, including, controversially, Chris Brown. Stevie Wonder received the Billboard Icon Award and performed alongside Alicia Keys, while Taylor Swift was awarded the Woman of the Year prize, which Billboard totally has never done before. Whitney Houston was remembered with a Millennium Award (the one Beyoncé won last year) and honored with a performance by John Legend and Jordin Sparks: https://www.youtube.com/embed/6PHOHQxi1so Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch was honored by Cee-Lo and Goodie Mob with "Fight to Win" and "Fight for Your Right": https://www.youtube.com/embed/16_yrb-xJUU Surprise performers Linkin Park (who, incidentally, also paid tribute to MCA with a cover of "Sabotage" at their L.A. show Friday night) returned to the limelight as the only rock act of the night, with their dancey new track "Burn it Down" from their new album Living Things (which they chatted about with SPIN recently): https://www.youtube.com/embed/AMrA3mDVFMQ Kelly Clarkson sang an elegant, chill-worthy "Dark Side," from last year's Stronger: https://www.youtube.com/embed/8QlXhjUbdhg The show was opened by LMFAO, because obviously: https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZtWNpKQ52hc Katy Perry turned out a (slightly terrified-looking) cloud princess performance of her new song "Wide Awake": https://www.youtube.com/embed/Lnq1AHdre1Y Carly Rae Jepsen provided a bubblegum-pop performance of "Call Me Maybe," which we'd like to think took cues from the colored balloons of Arcade Fire's unforgettable 2011 Coachella set: https://www.youtube.com/embed/uUt0b-jBmh0 Usher gave us an über-theatrical, Kingdom Hearts-y presentation of the second single from his forthcoming record Looking 4 Myself, "Scream": https://www.youtube.com/embed/etHLViQEn3w And of course Justin Bieber blessed us with a crotch-grabby (?!), Kanye-meets-boyband performance of "Boyfriend": https://www.youtube.com/embed/6Pf8LYfyAq8 Nelly Furtado brought a bizarre, abrasive, Native-American-rave-meets-Cirque-du-Soleil performance of "Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)": https://www.youtube.com/embed/09Ke7oG0E08 The full list of chart-based winners, via Billboard's website: ARTIST AWARDS: Top Artist: Adele Top New Artist: Wiz Khalifa Top Male Artist: Lil Wayne Top Female Artist: Adele Top Duo/Group: LMFAO Top Billboard 200 Artist: Adele Top Hot 100 Artist: Adele Top Digital Songs Artist: Adele Top Radio Songs Artist: Adele Top Touring Artist: U2 Top Social Artist: Justin Bieber Top Streaming Artist: Rihanna Top Digital Media Artist: Adele Top Pop Artist: Adele Top R&B Artist: Chris Brown Top Rap Artist: Lil Wayne Top Country Artist: Lady Antebellum Top Rock Artist: Coldplay Top Alternative Artist: Coldplay Top Latin Artist: Shakira Top Dance Artist: Lady Gaga Top Christian Artist: Casting Crowns ALBUMS AWARDS: Top Billboard 200 Album: Adele, 21 Top Pop Album: Adele, 21 Top R&B Album: Beyonce, 4 Top Rap Album: Lil Wayne, Tha Carter IV Top Country Album: Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party Top Rock Album: Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto Top Alternative Album: Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto Top Latin Album: Romeo Santos, Formula Vol. 1 Top Dance Album: Lady Gaga, Born This Way Top Christian Album: Casting Crowns, Come To The Well SONGS AWARDS Top Hot 100 Song: LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, "Party Rock Anthem" Top Digital Song: LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, "Party Rock Anthem" Top Radio Song: Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer, "Give Me Everything" Top Streaming Song (Audio): Adele, "Rolling in the Deep" Top Streaming Song (Video): Nicki Minaj, "Super Bass" Top Pop Song: LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, "Party Rock Anthem" Top R&B Song: Kelly Rowland Feat. Lil Wayne, "Motivation" Top Rap Song: LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, "Party Rock Anthem" Top Country Song: Jason Aldean, "Dirt Road Anthem" Top Rock Song: Foster The People, "Pumped Up Kicks" Top Alternative Song: Adele, "Rolling In The Deep" Top Latin Song: Don Omar & Lucenzo "Danza Kuduro" Top Dance Song: LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, "Party Rock Anthem" Top Christian Song: Laura Story, "Blessings"