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Taio Cruz Wins Billboard Music Awards Song of the Year For ‘Dynamite’

Taio Cruz
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The Hot 100 Song of the Year was awarded to Taio Cruz for his world-flavored smash hit ‘Dynamite’ at tonight’s 2011 Billboard Music Awards.

‘Dynamite’ spent an astounding 46 weeks on the charts, and was the fourth single from the English R&B musician’s second album ‘Rokstarr’ album which really exploded, quite literally. The hands-in-the-air, feel-good song was blared at baseball stadiums all summer long and that undoubtedly bolstered the song’s familiarity and ultimate success.

Given the song’s success, it’s not shocking that Cruz won; it’s just impressive that he beat Katy Perry and Eminem featuring Rihanna, proving that sometimes a David does beat the industry’s Goliaths. So congrats to Cruz on winning this award! And we should also thank him for creating an anthem that will always remind us of summer 2010.

In his acceptance speech, the singer said he was nervous but he appeared totally composed as he proceeded to thank his manager, his label and publisher, which are all the people who helped him to achieve this industry accolade.

Oh, and while you’re at it, say “Ayo!” and light this up like it’s dynamite.

Gallery: 2011 Billboard Music Awards Red Carpet Pictures

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