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Adele Wins Big, Grabs Coveted Top Artist Gong at Billboard Music Awards 2012

Adele became the biggest winner at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards held on Sunday, May 20. Though she could not attend the awards show, the "Someone Like You" hitmaker successfully collected a total of 12 gongs from her 18 nominations. Among the kudos she nailed, the British singer won the coveted Top Artist prize.

Defeating the likes of Lady GaGa, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry and Rihanna, Adele also grabbed the Top Female Artist award. She additionally pocketed the kudos for Top Pop Artist, Top Pop Album, Top Digital Songs Artist and Top Radio Songs Artist among others.

Trailing behind the "Rolling in the Deep" chanteuse were Lmfao with seven awards, including Top Duo/Group, Top Digital Song and Top Dance Song. The uncle-nephew duo themselves kicked off the show with an upbeat medley of their club-banger numbers, "Party Rock Anthem" and "Sexy And I Know It."

Lil Wayne, who was also absent at the event,

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