Other big winners included Robin Thicke, who won four wards and Imagine Dragons (who?), who took home five.
Here is an interesting tidbit from last night’s show: No black artist took home a single award for their own song. T.I. and Pharrell may have technically won four awards, but those came via their feature on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” single.
Same for Nelly, who walked away with an award for Top Country Song thanks to his appearance on Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” single.
As previously reported, Billboard made sweeping changes to the way they tabulate R&B/Rap hits, changes that saw both categories dominated in 2013 by white pop acts.
Last year the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart was topped by white pop acts 44 out of 52 weeks, including 37 straight weeks where it was topped by either Robin Thicke or Macklmore & Ryan.
On an unrelated note, how on Earth is Jennifer Lopez considered a musical icon? Her contribution to music has been a big fat 0? Who has she influenced when she herself was nothing but a Janet Jackson clone, with fewer hits. The fact that she is the first female to be given this award is beyond laughable and a slap in the face to true icons like Janet Jackson, Madonna and presently… Beyonce.