Drake beat out Cardi B and Ariana Grande, among others, Wednesday to win Billboard’s Top Artist grant toward the night’s end – making him the most-granted artist at the Billboard Music Awards ever.
“I want to thank my mom for her relentless effort in my life… To win any award is incredible, but to win this award is surreal,” he said, thanking the crowd while accepting the trophy for best artist.
Something unadulterated must’ve been in the water at the BBMAs because night was brimming with popular music lovableness — from Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie’s marvelous, Disney-like show opener to Kelly Clarkson’s faultless hosting skills.
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Taylor Swift opens the show with the live debut of “ME!”
Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie united surprisingly in front of an audience at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards to give “ME!” – Swift’s brand-new single – its live debut.
Their performance was brimming with call-outs to Swift’s “ME!” music video, including a reenactment of the clasp’s beautiful folder case move and Urie reproducing his Mary Poppins-style ride on a flying umbrella. The performance finished with considerably progressively airborne umbrella artists turning while connected to the rooftop.
Host Kelly Clarkson reminds everybody she’s an incredible singer
Filling in as the night’s host, Clarkson offered the gathering of audience a concoction of the night’s nominated songs and artists, helping all of us to remember her astonishing vocal abilities all the while.
In the wake of being tongue in cheek shot out from a seat in the crowd for being “seat filler” by a security guard – otherwise known as Rob Gronkowski – Clarkson opened with Bebe Rexha’s refrain from “Meant To Be” with Florida Georgia Line. She at that point propelled into a mixture including bits of Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You,” Cardi B’s “I Like It,” Maren Morris’ “The Middle,” Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa’s “One Kiss” and more.
The Jonas Brothers had an awards-show reunion
The Jonas Brothers rejoined at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards to play out their new single, “Sucker,” and nobody was progressively eager to see the trio on stage than their leading ladies.
Priyanka Chopra, Sophie Turner and Danielle Jonas sat together in the crowd as their huge others – Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas – performed. Scratch even halted mid-performance to give Chopra a kiss, and Joe paused for a minute to hit the dance floor with his fiancee, Turner.
Ariana Grande brings “7 Rings” to its first awards show
Performing “7 Rings” out of the blue at an entertainment ceremony, Grande reminded everybody what the Grammys could’ve had if the awards show didn’t publicly feud with the singer earlier this year, ultimately causing her to drop out.
Repeating the scenes fans found in the “7 Rings” video, which she’s additionally conveyed to her Sweetener world tour, Grande flaunted her rapping abilities in an all-pink gathering while at the same time playing out a fiery dance routine with her experience troupe, featuring a car emblazoned with “Ariana Grande BBMAs.”
Grande likewise brought home two honors amid Monday’s show, for chart achievement and top female artist.
Madonna runs VR with “Medellin” performance
Spread on the ground, donning high contrast trim and an eye fix, Madonna’s performance of her new single “Medellin” featured eye-popping Madonna holograms wearing various similarly-elaborate ensembles. They danced as she and Colombian singer Maluma performed her new single “Medellin.”
Thinking about Madonna’s history of questionable live performances, her BBMAs set was an interesting new course for the pop star, utilizing computer generated reality to flavor up what would’ve been a generally normal appearance.
Obviously, “Madame X,” as she’s marked herself for her new collection, included a lot of sexed-up subtleties in her performance, flashing a garter and waving around a riding crop while on stage.
Mariah Carey helps us to remember her “Icon” status
Presented by Jennifer Hudson, Mariah Carey made that big appearance to acknowledge the Billboard Music awards’ Icon trophy with an exhibition and discourse.
With her whistle register ringing through the assembly room, she made that big appearance to open with a performance of her new song “A No No,” transitioning into a medley of classics from “Always Be My Baby” and “Emotions” to “Hero.”
“We’ve all seen them, we’ve all made mistakes; there’s been a few memes. I guess I’ve always felt like an outsider, someone who doesn’t quite belong anywhere – that lost interracial child who’s felt like she could succeed anywhere,” she said. “To anyone who doesn’t allow themselves to be broken… I celebrate you tonight. And to anyone who’s ever told me that a song I wrote saved their life, I thank you, because you saved mine.”
Halsey and BTS shut it down
BTS had the most unmistakable presence of any artist at the BBMAs this year, if the screams from the audience every time they appeared on camera was any indication.
Halsey joined the K-pop boy band in their impressive choreography to “Boy With Luv,” their recent collaboration, which they performed together for the first time.