Global superstar takes home 12 awards, bringing his total to 27
Shattering the previous record of most all-time Billboard Music Awards wins, Drake took home 12 awards tonight (Wed, May 1st), including Top Artist – the most of the evening, bringing his total to 27, now the most of any artist ever! Airing from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 8 pm ET/PT on NBC, the 2019 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) opened with a spectacular world premiere performance by global superstar Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie, followed by a show-stopping medley of today’s biggest hits from show host Kelly Clarkson. The night was full of legendary, nostalgic, and never-before-seen performances, celebrating this year’s biggest and best in music!
Cardi B followed Drake for most wins of the night, including Top Rap Female Artist, Top Hot 100 Song, Top Selling Song, Top Radio Song, Top Collaboration and Top Rap Song. Her “Girls Like You” collaborators, Maroon 5, took home four awards including Top Hot 100 Song, Top Selling Song, Top Radio Song, and Top Collaboration.
Other multi-category winners include: Ella Mai (Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Female Artist, Top R&B Song), Ozuna (Top Latin Artist, Top Latin Album, Top Latin Song), Luke Combs (Top Country Artist, Top Country Male Artist, Top Country Album), Bad Bunny (Top Rap Song, Top Latin Song), Panic! At the Disco (Top Rock Album, Top Rock Song), Beyoncé (Top R&B Tour, Top Rap Tour), Jay-Z (Top R&B Tour, Top Rap Tour), BTS (Top Duo/Group, Top Social Artist), and The Chainsmokers (Top Dance/Electronic Artist, Top Dance/Electronic Album).
Lauren Daigle was the only artist to sweep every category she was nominated for, which included Top Christian Artist, Top Christian Album and Top Christian Song.
The two fan-voted award winners were BTS for Top Social Artist and Ariana Grande for Billboard Chart Achievement Award.
The show had jaw dropping moments from beginning to end, starting with Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie’s grand opening of the show, with their new smash hit, “Me!” in an explosion of color, which included a drum line, aerialists and flying umbrellas. Returning host, Kelly Clarkson, then gave a hilarious opening monologue, filled with special surprise guests and of course a song or two.
Perhaps the most memorable was Madonna’s breathtaking performance with Maluma of their new song “Medellin,” with augmented reality technology.
ICON Award recipient Mariah Carey, showed off her pipes in a medley of her greatest hits, including “A No No,” “Always Be My Baby,” “Emotions,” “We Belong Together,” and “Hero.”
Host Kelly Clarkson took the stage later in the night again, to sing her latest song “Broken and Beautiful” from the new family movie Ugly Dolls.
Additional performances throughout the night included dance-inducing performances from K-Pop sensation BTS with Halsey, Ariana Grande, Ciara, and The Jonas Brothers, and soulful songs from Khalid Dan + Shay with Tori Kelly and Lauren Daigle.
Both Halsey and Panic! At the Disco took the stage twice in the night, performing solo and in collaborations with BTS and Taylor Swift, respectively.
Paula Abdul closed the show with a nostalgic performance, her first at an awards show in 29 years, of some of her biggest hits including “Straight Up,” “Way That You Love Me,” “Vibeology,” “Opposites Attract,” “Cold Hearted,” and “Forever Your Girl,” and proved she’s still got the moves 30 years after her debut album “Forever Your Girl”!
Presenters throughout the evening included Presenters Asher Angel, Becky G, Chrissy Metz & Justin Hartley, Cobie Smulders, Dave Bautista & Kumail Nanjiani, David Guetta, Erin & Sara Foster, Eva Longoria, Florida Georgia Line, Jennifer Hudson, Jesse Spencer, Julia Michaels, Julianne Hough, Kane Brown, Olivia Wilde, Beanie Feldstein & Kaitlyn Dever, Ralph Macchio, Rob Gronkowski, Ross Lynch & Kiernan Shipka, Sabrina Carpenter, Sophie Turner & Tye Sheridan, Terry Crews, and William Zabka.’
Billboard Music Awards nominees and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the chart period of March 23, 2018 through March 7, 2019. Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of artists, songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of success in music.
The 2019 Billboard Music Awards is produced by Dick Clark Productions. Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman, Kelly Clarkson and Robert Deaton are executive producers. The 2019 Billboard Music Awards are sponsored by T-Mobile.
See below for a full list of winners:
Top Artist: Drake
Top New Artist: Juice WRLD
Billboard Chart Achievement Award: Ariana Grande
Top Male Artist: Drake
Top Female Artist: Ariana Grande
Top Duo/Group: 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 Social Artist: BTS
Top Touring Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top R&B Artist: Ella Mai
Top R&B Male Artist: The Weeknd
Top R&B Female Artist: Ella Mai
Top R&B Tour: Beyoncé & JAY-Z
Top Rap Artist: Drake
Top Rap Male Artist: Drake
Top Rap Female Artist: Cardi B
Top Rap Tour: Beyoncé & JAY-Z
Top Country Artist: Luke Combs
Top Country Male Artist: Luke Combs
Top Country Female Artist: Carrie Underwood
Top Country Duo/Group Artist: Dan + Shay
Top Country Tour: Kenny Chesney
Top Rock Artist: Imagine Dragons
Top Rock Tour: Elton John
Top Latin Artist: Ozuna
Top Dance/Electronic Artist: The Chainsmokers
Top Christian Artist: Lauren Daigle
Top Gospel Artist: Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Top Billboard 200 Album: Drake Scorpion
Top Soundtrack: The Greatest Showman
Top R&B Album: XXXTENTACION 17
Top Rap Album: Drake Scorpion
Top Country Album: Luke Combs This One’s For You
Top Rock Album: Panic! At This Disco Pray For The Wicked
Top Latin Album: Ozuna Aura
Top Dance/Electronic Album: The Chainsmokers Sick Boy
Top Christian Album: Lauren Daigle Look Up Child
Top Gospel Album: Tori Kelly Hiding Place
Top Hot 100 Song: Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”
Top Streaming Song (Audio): Travis Scott “SICKO MODE”
Top Streaming Song (Video): Drake “In My Feelings”
Top Selling Song: Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”
Top Radio Song: Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”
Top Collaboration: Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”
Top R&B Song: Ella Mai “Boo’d Up”
Top Rap Song: Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It”
Top Country Song: Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant to Be”
Top Rock Song: Panic! At The Disco “High Hopes”
Top Latin Song: Casper Magico, Nio Garcia, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny & Ozuna “Te Bote”
Top Dance/Electronic Song: Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey “The Middle”
Top Christian Song: Lauren Daigle “You Say”
Top Gospel Song: Koryn Hawthorne “Won’t He Do It”
Author: Buddy Iahn
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