Before the 2018 edition of the Billboard Music Awards, host and Texas native Kelly Clarkson gave an emotional and impassioned speech on the most recent shooting in Texas. Instead of a moment of silence – which she says isn’t working – Clarkson asks for a moment of action to make it safe for children to go to school.
From the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Arianna Grande gets the night of musical celebration and awards started off with a performance.
The Billboard Music Award winners are chosen according to sales, streaming, and radio airplay.
Host Kelly Clarkson sang a medley of songs from a variety of genres by Billboard Music Awards nominated artists.
Rebel Wilson presents the first award of the night for Top New Artist to Khalid. In his acceptance speech, Khalid said that the award was for all the young people; encouraging them not to listen to the negativity.
British artist Dua Lipa performs her new song “New Rules”.
The Chainsmokers and Halsey speak on the passing of Avicii and present the award for Top Hot 100 Song to Luis Fonsi for “Despacito”. Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber also appeared on the song. Fonsi dedicated the award to all Latinos and people who are made fun of for speaking with an accent.
Shawn Mendes performs “In My Blood”.
The award for Top Female Artist went to Taylor Swift.
Khalid and Normani join forces for a performance.
John Legend performs “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”.
The award for Top Dance and Electronic Artist went to The Chainsmokers. The dedicated the award to Avicii; saying that all the nominees were influenced by him.
Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato give a world premiere performance of “Fall in Line”.
The award for Top Social Artist went to Korean boy band BTS. This is the second year in a row that the band has won the award.
Live with a performance from Dublin, Ed Sheeran sang the traditional Irish song “Galway Girl” with an Ed Sheeran twist. Normally a solo performer, Sheeran was joined by an Irish band for this song.
Jennifer Lopez with DJ Khalid premieres her new single “Dinero”.
The award for Top Rap Song went to Post Malone with 21 Savage for “Rockstar”. Malone said that this was his first award win.
Paying tribute to the victims in Santa Fe, Texas Shawn Mendes and Khalid are joined by the choir from the high school in Parkland who dealt with a shooting of their own a few months ago with “You Can’t Take My Youth Away”.
Zedd and Maren Morris perform the chart topping song “The Middle”.
The award for Top Selling Album went to Taylor Swift for “Reputation”.
Bruno Mars presented the Billboard Icon Award to Janet Jackson. She is the first woman of colour to be presented with the Icon Award. Taking the stage for the first time in nearly a decade, Janet performed she danced all around the stage.
The award for Top Country Song went to Sam Hunt for “Body Like a Back Road”.
Macklamore and Kesha perform via a satellite from the T-Mobile Arena.
Host Kelly Clarkson performs.
Simon Cowell called Kelly’s performance “bloody fantastic” before introducing Camilla Cabello and Pharrell for a performance of “Sangria Wine”. Cabella also performed “Havana”.
The award for Billboard Chart Achievement Award went to Camilla Cabello.
Donning a pair of big pink earmuffs Kelly Clarkson introduces BTS while the crowd screams. The boy band performs on stage but no one can hear them for the screaming girls.
Tyra Banks presents the award for the biggest award of the night – Top Artist – to Ed Sheeran. Ed accepted his award via a video message.
Salt & Peppa return with En Vogue for a performance.
Awards not presented during the live television broadcast:
Top Male Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top Duo or Group: Imagine Dragons
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Drake
Top Hot 100 Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top Streaming Songs Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Top Song Sales Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top Radio Songs Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top Touring Artist: U2
Top R&B Artist: Bruno Mars
Top R&B Male Artist: Bruno Mars
Top R&B Female Artist: SZA
Top R&B Tour: Bruno Mars
Top Rap Male Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Top Rap Female Artist: Cardi B
Top Rap Tour: Jay-Z
Top Country Artist: Chris Stapleton
Top Country Male Artist: Chris Stapleton
Top Country Female Artist: Maren Morris
Top Country Duo or Group Artist: Florida Georgia Line
Top Country Tour: Luke Bryan
Top Rock Artist: Imagine Dragons
Top Rock Tour: U2
Top Latin Artist: Ozuna
Top Christian Artist: MercyMe
Top Gospel Artist: Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Top Billboard 200 Album: “Damn” by Kendrick Lamar
Top Soundtrack: “Moana”
Top R&B Album: “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars
Top Rap Album: “Damn” by Kendrick Lamar
Top Country Album: “From a Room: Volume 1” by Chris Stapleton
Top Rock Album: “Evolve” by Imagine Dragons
Top Latin Album: “Odisea” by Ozuna
Top Dance or Electronic Music Album: “Memories…Do Not Open” by The Chainsmokers
Top Christian Album: “Precious Memories Collection” by Alan Jackson
Top Gospel Album: “Heart. Passion. Pursuit” by Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Top Audio Streaming Song: “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar
Top Video Streaming Song: “Despacito” b Luis Fonsi and Dadd Yankee with Justin Bieber
Top Selling Song: “Despacito” b Luis Fonsi and Dadd Yankee with Justin Bieber
Top Radio Song: “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran
Top Collaboration: “Despacito” b Luis Fonsi and Dadd Yankee with Justin Bieber
Top R&B Song: “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars
Top Country Song: “Body Like a Back Road” by Sam Hunt
Top Rock Song: “Believer” by Imagine Dragons
Top Latin Song:“Despacito” b Luis Fonsi and Dadd Yankee with Justin Bieber
Top Dance or Electronic Music Song: “Something Just Like This “by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
Top Christian Song: “What a Beautiful Name” by Hillsong Worship
Top Gospel Song: “You Deserve It” by J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise