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Adele announced as top Billboard artist for second year running

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Adele has been announced as the top Billboard artist of 2012.

The 'Skyfall' singer also claimed Billboard's top album of 2012 for her hit record 21.

Adele performing on Friday October 5, 2012

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Adele has received both awards two years in a row, becoming the first artist to achieve the accolade.

The 24-year-old was named top female artist and hip-hop star Drake top male artist by the music magazine. Rihanna was ranked second in 2012′s top artist category, while Taylor Swift came in third.

One Direction were named top new artist and Maroon 5 were top group.

The year's top three songs were Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know', Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' and Fun.'s 'We Are Young'.

Watch Adele's 'Someone Like You' music video below:


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