2012 Billboard Music Awards

2012 Billboard Music Awards

ESSENCE.COM May, 20, 2012

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Brandy arrives in Hervé Leger by Max Azria at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Pat Houston and Bobbi Kristina Houston-Brown accept the Millennium Award on behalf of Whitney Houston onstage at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown poses backstage at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Jordin Sparks performs a tribute to the late Whitney Houston at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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John Legend performs a tribute to the late Whitney Houston at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Monica arrives at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Usher and Monica attend the 2012 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Usher performs onstage at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Alicia Keys in an Azzedine Alaia gown at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Jordin Sparks in a lace Diane von Furstenberg dress at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks attend the 2012 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Chris Brown performs onstage at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Chris Brown accepts the award for Top R&B Artist onstage at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Swizz Beatz and singer Alicia Keys arrive at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Usher arrives at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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John Legend arrives at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Chrissy Teigen wearing Goerges Chakra Couture and musician John Legend attend the 2012 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Jurnee Smollett arrives at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Jason Derulo poses in the press room at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gladys Knight arrive at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Robin Thicke speaks onstage at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Amber Rose arrives at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Wiz Khalifa accepts the award for Top New Artist onstage at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.