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VIDEO: THE 2018 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS AND THE FLAMING TALENT

Date: 2018-05-22


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The Billboard music awards kicked off Sunday evening at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, hosted by Kelly Clarkson.

Clarkson began with a moving speech about the victims of Friday's mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. Her bottom lip trembled a little as she recounts the terror these families and school students are facing, giving a genuine speech and prompting action saying: "So why don't we not do a moment of silence, why don't we do a moment of action? Why don't we change what's happening? Because it's horrible. And mamas and daddies should be able to send their kids to school, to church, to movie theatres. You should be able to live your life without that kind of fear."

The opening speech perfectly fitted the first performance, Ariana Grande singing "No tears left to cry" which is her first single since the Manchester bombing at her concert last year. Grande, in thigh-high boots and a black bubble dress, danced around umbrellas. Grande booming her flawless vocals, though her performances tend to lack a certain energy.

That was the upbeat way that launched the show perfectly and led to a lighter-hearted mood into Clarkson launching into a medley of today's greatest hits, including "Humble" by Kendrick Lamar and "Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran. The highlights from the vocal powerhouse's typically efficacious performance had the audience on their feet, but it was hard to ignore Taylor Swift in the audience, miming along to her own "Look What You Made Me Do" chorus, fingernail-check and all.

The ceremony was in full swing by the time Dua Lipa performed one of her many hit singles, "New Rules" from a giant flaming flamingo. The Chainsmokers and Halsey took the opportunity to mourn the loss of the DJ Avicii, whose struggle with mental health and substance abuse contributed to his suicide. When Luis Fonsey accepted his award for his single, "Despacito", he briefly addressed the recent epidemic of racist outbursts (specifically lawyer, Aaron Schlossberg). Shawn Mendes then performed "In My Blood" among a field of tulips. Khalid and Normani gave an impressive performance of their song "Love Lies" with Normani, looking like Beyoncé with the hallway poses of her intro, tying up perfectly with her moves and vocals, and managing to fill the stage.

Taylor Swift gave a surprise performance and won an award for Top Female Artist and her acceptance speech went out to: "future top female artists who picked up a guitar or learned to play piano." She was called onto the stage once again for Top Selling Album after which the BBMAs decided to play a video tribute to "Reputation" and Swift's ever-growing list of record-breaking commercial achievements. Demi Lovato and Christina Agulera performed a duet of "Fall in Line", showcasing their equally powerful voices which, at times over-powered the performance but was impressive none the less that represented a women’s empowerment anthem that addresses the way society polices young girls.

Then, in the middle of the celebration, the ceremony paused to honour the victims of the Santa Fe shooting Friday. Mendes and Khalid coupled with a choir from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida to sing their song "Youth." Many audience members shed a tear during this emotional performance.

The night was devoted to congratulating superstars, reflecting on pop pioneers, and looking back on a year of memorable musical hits, there are plenty of stars-in-the-making to look forward to in the future.

The list of awards and nominees of the evening as reported by Billboard:

Top Artist:
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Winner: Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift

Top New Artist:
21 Savage
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Winner: Khalid
Kodak Black

Billboard Chart Achievement Award:
Winner: Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Drake
Sam Hunt
Ed Sheeran

Top Male Artist:
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone
Winner: Ed Sheeran

Top Female Artist:
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Halsey
Demi Lovato
Winner: Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group:
The Chainsmokers
Coldplay
Winner: Imagine Dragons
Migos
U2

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Winner: Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran
Chris Stapleton
Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist:
Imagine Dragons
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone
Winner: Ed Sheeran

Top Streaming Songs Artist:
Cardi B
Drake
Winner: Kendrick Lamar
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran

Top Song Sales Artist:
Imagine Dragons
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone
Winner: Ed Sheeran

Top Radio Songs Artist:
Halsey
Imagine Dragons
Bruno Mars
Charlie Puth
Winner: Ed Sheeran

Top Social Artist:
Justin Bieber
Winner: BTS
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Shawn Mendes

Top Touring Artist:
Coldplay
Guns N’ Roses
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran
Winner: U2

Top R&B Artist:
Chris Brown
Khalid
Winner: Bruno Mars
SZA
The Weeknd

Top R&B Male Artist:
Khalid
Winner: Bruno Mars
The Weeknd

Top R&B Female Artist:
Beyonce
Rihanna
Winner: SZA

Top R&B Tour:
Winner: Bruno Mars
Lionel Richie
The Weeknd

Top Rap Artist:
Drake
Winner: Kendrick Lamar
Lil Uzi Vert
Migos
Post Malone

Top Rap Male Artist:
Drake
Winner: Kendrick Lamar
Post Malone

Top Rap Female Artist:
Bhad Bhabie
Winner: Cardi B
Nicki Minaj

Top Rap Tour:
J. Cole
Winner: JAY-Z
Kendrick Lamar

Top Country Artist:
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Winner: Chris Stapleton

Top Country Male Artist:
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Winner: Chris Stapleton

Top Country Female Artist:
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Winner: Maren Morris

Top Country Duo/Group Artist:
Winner: Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

Top Country Tour:
Winner: Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Top Rock Artist:
Winner: Imagine Dragons
Linkin Park
Portugal. The Man
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Twenty one pilots

Top Rock Tour:
Coldplay
Guns N’ Roses
Winner: U2

Top Latin Artist:
J Balvin
Daddy Yankee
Luis Fonsi
Winner: Ozuna
Romeo Santos

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
Winner: The Chainsmokers
Calvin Harris
Kygo
Marshmello
ODESZA

Top Christian Artist:
Elevation Worship
Hillsong UNITED
Hillsong Worship
Winner: MercyMe
Zach Williams

Top Gospel Artist:
Anthony Brown & group therAPy
Travis Greene
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise
Winner: Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Tamela Mann

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Drake, More Life
Winner: Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Post Malone, Stoney
Ed Sheeran ÷ (Divide)
Taylor Swift, reputation

Top Selling Album:
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
P!nk, Beautiful Trauma
Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide)
Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1
Winner: Taylor Swift, reputation

Top Soundtrack:
Black Panther
The Fate of the Furious: The Album
The Greatest Showman
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2
Winner: Moana

Top R&B Album:
Khalid, American Teen
Winner: Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
SZA, CTRL
The Weeknd, Starboy
XXXTentacion, 17

Top Rap Album:
Drake, More Life
Winner: Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Lil Uzi Vert, Luv Is Rage 2
Migos, Culture
Post Malone, Stoney

Top Country Album:
Kane Brown, Kane Brown
Luke Combs, This One’s For You
Thomas Rhett, Life Changes
Winner: Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1
Brett Young, Brett Young

Top Rock Album:
Winner: Imagine Dragons, Evolve
Linkin Park, One More Light
Panic! At The Disco, Death of a Bachelor
Portugal. The Man, Woodstock
U2, Songs of Experience

Top Latin Album:
Nicky Jam, Fenix
Christian Nodal, Me Deje Llevar
Winner: Ozuna, Odisea
Romeo Santos, Golden
Shakira, El Dorado

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
Avicii, AVĨCI (01)
Winner: The Chainsmokers, Memories…Do Not Open
Calvin Harris, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
Kygo, Stargazing
ODESZA, A Moment Apart

Top Christian Album:
Elevation Worship, There Is A Cloud
Hillsong UNITED, Wonder
Hillsong Worship, Let There Be Light
Winner: Alan Jackson, Precious Memories Collection
MercyMe, Lifer

Top Gospel Album:
Anthony Brown & group therAPy, A Long Way From Sunday
Travis Greene, Crossover: Live From Music City
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, You Deserve It
Winner: Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit Marvin Sapp, Close

Top Hot 100 Song:
Winner: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito"
Kendrick Lamar, "Humble."
Bruno Mars, "That’s What I Like"
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, "Rockstar"
Ed Sheeran, "Shape Of You"

Top Streaming Song (Audio):
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito"
Winner: Kendrick Lamar, "Humble."
Lil Uzi Vert, "XO Tour LLIF3"
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, "Rockstar"
Post Malone ft. Quavo, "Congratulations"

Top Streaming Song (Video):
Cardi B, "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)"
Winner: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito"
Lil Pump, "Gucci Gang"
Bruno Mars, "That’s What I Like"
Ed Sheeran, "Shape of You"

Top Selling Song:
Winner: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito"
Sam Hunt “Body Like A Back Road”
Imagine Dragons “Believer”
Imagine Dragons “Thunder”
Ed Sheeran “Perfect”

Top Radio Song:
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
Imagine Dragons, “Believer”
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
Charlie Puth, “Attention”
Winner: Ed Sheeran, "Shape of You”

Top Collaboration:
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, “Havana”
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
Winner: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
French Montana ft. Swae Lee, “Unforgettable”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar”

Top R&B Song:
Childish Gambino, “Redbone”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts”
Khalid, “Young Dumb & Broke”
Winner: Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B, “Finesse”

Top Rap Song:
Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne, “I’m The One"
French Montana ft. Swae Lee, “Unforgettable”
Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.”
Winner: Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar”

Top Country Song:
Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs”
Winner: Sam Hunt, “Body Like A Back Road”
Dustin Lynch, “Small Town Boy”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant To Be”
Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know”

Top Rock Song:
Winner: Imagine Dragons “Believer”
Imagine Dragons “Thunder”
Linkin Park ft. Kiiara “Heavy”
Portugal. The Man “Feel It Still”
The Revivalists “Wish I Knew You”

Top Latin Song:
J Balvin & Willy William Ft. Beyonce, “Mi Gente”
Becky G ft. Bad Bunny, ”Mayores”
Winner: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
Maluma, “Felices Los 4”
Wisin ft. Ozuna, “Escapate Conmigo”

Top Dance/Electronic Song:
Winner: The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
Cheat Codes ft. Demi Lovato, “No Promises”
Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul & Ann-Marie, “Rockabye”
Kygo & Selena Gomez, “It Ain’t Me”
Zedd & Alessia Cara, “Stay”

Top Christian Song:
Elevation Worship, “O Come To The Altar”
Winner: Hillsong Worship, “What A Beautiful Name”
Lecrae ft. Tori Kelly, “I’ll Find You”
MercyMe, “Even If”
Zach Williams, “Old Church Choir”

Top Gospel Song:
Anthony Brown & group therAPy, “Trust In You”
Travis Greene, “You Waited”
Winner: J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, “You Deserve It”
Tamela Mann, “Change Me”
Charlie Wilson, “I’m Blessed”



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