Billboard Awards: Jordin Sparks brings down the house!

May 21, 2012 at 4:57 p.m. ET

The 2012 Billboard Music Awards selected Whitney Houston as this year's Millennium Artist. The singer, who died last February, was honored by her peers with a stirring tribute that brought the crowd to their feet.

Jordin Sparks

Sunday night, Jordin Sparks made her movie mama proud. The singer, who plays Whitney Houston's daughter in this summer's Sparkle, paid tribute to the icon at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards.

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Sparks, John Legend and Whoopi Goldberg were all on hand to celebrate Houston's life and career. Houston's real-life daughter Bobbi Kristina, and sister-in-law Pat were both in attendance.

Legend took to the piano to perform Houston's 1986 single, "The Greatest Love of All," which was followed by Sparks' moving rendition of "I Will Always Love You." Her version easily rivals that of Jennifer Hudson and Glee's Amber Riley.

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Sparks performance brought the crowd to their feet and Bobbi Kristina to tears. After accepting the Millennium Award on her mother's behalf, she expressed how important the fans have been throughout this difficult time.

''I really want to say thank you to everyone who supported us through it all. Not just from when it was good but when it was bad, too. Thank you for showing that much love, because she deserved it... I'm just blessed to have been in such an incredible woman's life. There will never be another one, ever.''

Watch Billboard's tribute to Whitney Houston:

As for the rest of the show, Adele cleaned house. The soulful Brit scored 12 wins including Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album and Top Alternative Song.

Check out the full list of winners below:

  • Top Artist -- Adele
  • Top New Artist -- Wiz Khalifa
  • Top Male Artist-- Lil Wayne
  • Top Female Artist -- Adele
  • Top Duo/Group -- LMFAO
  • Top Billboard 200 Artist -- Adele
  • Top Hot 100 Artist -- Adele
  • Top Digital Songs Artist -- Adele
  • Top Radio Songs Artist -- Adele
  • Top Touring Artist -- U2
  • Top Social Artist -- Justin Bieber
  • Top Streaming Artist -- Rihanna
  • Top Digital Media Artist -- Adele
  • Top Pop Artist -- Adele
  • Top R&B Artist -- Chris Brown
  • Top Rap Artist -- Lil Wayne
  • Top Country Artist -- Lady Antebellum
  • Top Rock Artist -- Coldplay
  • Top Alternative Artist -- Coldplay
  • Top Latin Artist -- Shakira
  • Top Dance Artist -- Lady Gaga
  • Top Christian Artist -- Casting Crowns
  • Top Billboard 200 Album -- Adele, 21
  • Top Pop Album -- Adele, 21
  • Top R&B Album -- Beyoncé, 4
  • Top Rap Album -- Lil Wayne, Tha Carter IV
  • Top Country Album -- Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party
  • Top Rock Album -- Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto
  • Top Alternative Album -- Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto
  • Top Latin Album -- Romeo Santos, Formula: Vol. 1
  • Top Dance Album -- Lady Gaga, Born This Way
  • Top Christian Album -- Casting Crowns, Come To The Well
  • Top Hot 100 Song -- LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock "Party Rock Anthem"
  • Top Digital Song -- LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock "Party Rock Anthem"
  • Top Radio Song -- Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer "Give Me Everything"
  • Top Streaming Song (Audio) -- Adele "Rolling in the Deep"
  • Top Streaming Song (Video) -- Nicki Minaj "Super Bass"
  • Top Pop Song -- LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock "Party Rock Anthem"
  • Top R&B Song -- Kelly Rowland Feat. Lil Wayne "Motivation"
  • Top Rap Song -- LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock "Party Rock Anthem"
  • Top Country Song -- Jason Aldean "Dirt Road Anthem"
  • Top Rock Song -- Foster The People "Pumped Up Kicks"
  • Top Alternative Song -- Adele "Rolling In The Deep"
  • Top Latin Song -- Don Omar & Lucenzo "Danza Kuduro"
  • Top Dance Song -- LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock "Party Rock Anthem"
  • Top Christian Song -- Laura Story "Blessings"

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