The 2018 Billboard Music Awards was held last night, May 20th, at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, hosted by Kelly Clarkson. The show hosted many big names including Taylor Swift, John Legend, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Khalid, Cardi B, and many others. The awards show featured many big performances including Shawn Mendes, Demi Lovato and Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, Dua Lupa, and the South Korean boyband, BTS.
Kelly Clarkson opened the show with a tear jerking tribute to those involved in the Santa Fe shooting this past week. Throughout the show, other stars (like Shawn Mendes and Khalid and some students from February’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School) used the stage as a plea for tighter gun control laws.
Moving past the more political aspects of the show, there were some great performances. Kelly Clarkson opened the show with a mashup of some of the more popular songs from the year. You can see her performance here:
Other notable aspects of the show were Ariana Grande’s opening performance with “No Tears Left to Cry” from her newest album. Demi Lovato and Christina Aguilera also took to the stage for their duet of “Fall in Line”. You can find their performance here:
Janet Jackson became the first Black woman to receive the Icon Award. She also gave her first live performance in nine years on the BBMA stage. You can find her “iconic”, throwback filled performance here:
Janet Jackson was not the only one to give the audience a throwback. Salt-n-Pepa also performed, which seemed to woo the crowd.
The awards show seemed to live up to what was expected, which kept music lovers as an interested audience, while still recognizing the hard work, creativity and musicianship of some of our favorite artists. You can find a list of last night’s winners below.
Top New Artist
Billboard Chart Achievement Award
Top Male Artist
Top Female Artist
Top R&B Artist
Top R&B Male Artist
Top R&B Female Artist
Top Rap Artist
Lil Uzi Vert
Top Rap Male Artist
Top Rap Female Artist
Top Country Artist
Top Country Male Artist
Top Country Female Artist
Top Country Duo/Group Artist
Florida Georgia Line*
Zac Brown Band