Your favorite singers and musicians gather for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards

Artwork by: Claire Huffman

On Sunday, May 20th viewers across the nation tuned in to NBC for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. Hosted by Kelly Clarkson, musicians and singers gathered in MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada to celebrate the success of this past year’s music.

  Clarkson started the night off addressing the school shooting that had occurred on Friday at Santa Fe High School, in Texas.

  The producers had told Clarkson to have a moment of silence, but instead she said, “I’m tired of these moments of silence. How about we have a moment of action.”

  The 36 year old singer called for everyone to take action and try to create change so we don’t have to have more of these “moments of silence”.

  Later on in the night, Shawn Mendes and Khalid teamed up to perform their song ‘Youth’, which is about all of the violence kids have been seeing in their schools. They had help from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Choir, making it even more powerful.

  That night, Mendes also performed ‘In My Blood’ from his new album ‘Shawn Mendes’. John Legend, Macklemore and Kesha, Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello and Pharrell, as well as a few other artists also took the stage to perform their own top songs from the year.

  57 awards were handed out to various artists in various styles of music.

  Ed Sheeran had a great night winning six awards for Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, and he won Top Radio Song for his hit ‘Shape of You’.

  With Sheeran as the Top Male Artist, the Top Female Artist fittingly went to one of his closest friends, Taylor Swift. Swift also won Top Selling Album for her latest album ‘Reputation’.

  The song of the summer in 2017, ‘Despacito’ by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, won five awards: Top Latin Song, Top Collaboration, Top Selling Song, Top Streaming Song (Video), and Top Hot 100 Song.

  Imagine Dragons and Chris Stapleton both won several awards in their genres of Rock and Country, respectively.

  The Billboard Music Awards also recognized Janet Jackson by honoring her with the coveted Icon Award. Jackson was the first black woman to receive the award and gave a heartfelt speech following her acceptance.

  Any award show is fun to watch, with the performances from your favorite artists and guessing who will win each award. The 2018 Billboard Music Awards were a success and it will be exciting to watch them again next year. 

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