The 2019 Billboard Music Awards opened its annual gala with a world premiere live debut performance by Taylor Swift of her new single “Me”.
Original “American Idol” winner and two time “The Voice” winning coach Kelly Clarkson is the host for this year’s big night of music in Las Vegas and the MGM Grand Garden.
Kelly performs a medley of songs including the Florida Georgia Line his “Meant to Be”, “Girls Like You’, “The Middle”, “Where Love Lies”, and “Tequila” before being escorted off by “security”.
The first award of the night is for the Top R&B Artist and went to Ella Mai.
Halsey performs her hit song “Without Me”.
The boys of Florida Georgia Line present the award for Top Rock Artist to Imagine Dragons.
Mrs. Russell Wilson…better known as Ciera performs and thanks to wireless technology, goes out into the audience for part of the performance.
The award for Top Billboard 200 Album went to Drake for “Scorpion”.
Country music artists Dan + Shay take the stage with Tori Kelly for a performance of “Speechless”.
The award for Top New Artist went to Juice Wrld.
Kevin, Joe, and Nick return as The Jonas Brothers for a performance from their solo careers that included “Jealous”, “Cake by the Ocean”, and “Sucker for You”.
The award for Top Duo or Group went to the Korean pop sensation BTS.
The 2018 Billboard Music Award Best New Artist and “The Voice” mentor Khalid performs.
The award for Top Male Artist went to Drake. Noting the recent losses of artists, Drake told the crowd to let the artists know how you feel about them.
Ariana Grande performs her hit “Seven Rings”.
Madonna pairs up with Latin artist Maluma for a performance.
Christian artist Lauren Daigle performs her hit “You Say”.
The award for Top Rap Song went to Cardi B. for “I Like It”.
Award winning entertainer Jennifer Hudson presented Mariah Carey with the Billboard Icon Award. Carey performed a medley of her songs.
The award for Top Country Song went to Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line for “Meant to Be”.
Panic! At the Disco perform their latest hit “Hey, Look Mom, I Made It”.
Kelly Clarkson performs her new single “Broken and Beautiful” from the movie “Broken Dolls”.
The award for Top Rock Song went to Panic! At the Disco for “High Hopes”.
Halsey returns to the stage for a world debut premiere with the K-Pop sensation BTS.
The award for Top Hot 100 Song went to Maroon 5 with Cardi B for “Girls Like You”.
Host Kelly Clarkson presented the biggest award of the night of Top Artist to Drake.
Closing out the night of music, Paula Abdul celebrates her self titled album and its, at the time, record breaking four hits singles with the Billboard throwback performance including her cartoon partner on “Opposites Attract”.
Awards not presented during the live television broadcast:
Billboard Chart Achievement Award: Ariana Grande
Top Female Artist: Ariana Grande
Top Social Artist: BTS
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Drake
Top Hot 100 Artist:Drake
Top Streaming Songs Artist: Drake
Top Song Sales Artist: Drake
Top Radio Songs Artist: Drake
Top Touring Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top R&B Male Artist: The Weeknd
Top R&B Female Artist: Ella Mai
Top R&B Tour: Beyonce and Jay-Z
Top Rap Artist: Drake
Top Rap Male Artist: Drake
Top Rap Female Artist: Cardi B
Top Rap Tour: Beyonce and Jay-Z
Top Country Artist: Luke Combs
Top Country Male Artist: Luke Combs
Top Country Female Artist: Carrie Underwood
Top Country Duo or Group: Dan + Shay
Top Country Tour: Kenny Chesney
Top Rock Tour: Elton John
Top Latin Artist: Ozuma
Top Dance or Electronic Artist: The Chainsmokers
Top Christian Artist: Lauren Daigle
Top Gospel Artist: Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Top Soundtrack: “The Greatest Showman”
Top R&B Album: “17” by XXXTentacion
Top Rap Album: “Scorpion” by Drake
Top Country Album: “This One’s For You” by Luke Combs
Top Rock Album: “Pray for the Wicked” by Panic! At the Disco
Top Latin Album: “Aura” by Ozuma
Top Dance or Electronic Album: “Sick Boy” by The Chainsmokers
Top Christian Album: “Look Up Child” by Lauren Daigle
Top Gospel Album: “Hiding Place” by Tori Kelly
Top Audio Streaming Song: “Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott
Top Video Streaming Song “In My Feelings” by Drake
Top Selling Song: “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 with Cardi B
Top Radio Song: “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 with Cardi B
Top Collaboration: “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 with Cardi B
Top R&B Song: “Boo’d Up” by Ella Mai
Top Rap Song: “I Like It” by Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin
Top Latin Song: “Te Bote” by Cssper Magico, Nio Garcia, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny, and Ozuma
Top Dance or Electronic Song: “The Middle” by Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey
Top Christian Song: “You Say” by Lauren Daigle
Top Gospel Song: “Won’t He Do It” by Koryn Hawthorne
feature photo credit: taken from the Billboard Music Awards Facebook page