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The Black Eyed Peas Win Top Duo or Group Award at The 2011 Billboard Music Awards

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The Top Duo or Group Award at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards pledged absolutely no allegiance to any one genre or generation, as the nominees covered legendary (U2), modern rock (Linkin Park), enduring ’80s rock (Bon Jovi), modern country (Lady Antebellum), and genre-fusing hip-hop (Black Eyed Peas).

The award ultimately went to the Black Eyed Peas who shouted out Interscope head honcho (and ‘American Idol‘ mentor) Jimmy Iovine, saying that the record mogul “stood by us when we weren’t selling records and believed in all the crazy ideas I had.” will.i.am — whose headgear/coif was once again distracting thanks to what appeared to be blue lights in his hair — was also quick to point out the role of technology played in the ever-changing music industry, saying, “Without technology we wouldn’t be here as an industry.” He specifically gave big ups to the code writers and programmers who toil behind the scenes.

The Peas’ Taboo arguably provided the best acceptance accolade of the night, thanking “my wife for giving me such a great baby!” The couple’s son Journey made his grand entrance into the world earlier this year. Fergie, looking slamming as usual in a short black dress, thanked the band’s personal team for helping get their shows on the road, literally. It was super cool for the Peas to thank all those rarely seen people who keep the Black Eyed Peas machine well-oiled and running smooth.

We gotta feeling that more awards could be in the Peas’ future … In 2011 and beyond.

Gallery: 2011 Billboard Music Awards Red Carpet Pictures

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