Also, the late Michael Jackson “performed” his newly released track at the event.

Justin Timberlake, rockers Imagine Dragons and Robin Thicke were big winners at the Billboard Music Awards earlier today in Las Vegas, Nevada where a computer-generated Michael Jackson danced and sang a newly released song.

The annual televised awards show, a main showcase for the music industry, honoured Timberlake seven times, including top artiste, top male artiste and top Billboard 200 album for last year’s The 20/20 Experience.

Timberlake, 33, who is on tour in Europe, accepted the awards in taped speeches with his touring band that numbers about 20 strong.

“It’s not a competition, but if it was, I won. And guess what? I’m OK with that,” Timberlake said in a good-natured joke aimed at his competition, singers Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and rockers Imagine Dragons.

Jennifer Lopez was honoured with an Icon Award for lifetime achievement.

Lopez, Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte kicked off the event with a performance of We Are One (Ole Ola), the theme song for this year's World Cup.