Everything that went down
The Billboard Music Awards 2019 lit up MGM Grand’s Garden Arena, Las Vegas on May 1st, 8 PM EST. With stunning performances from music icons such as Madonna, Paula Abdul and Mariah Carey to rising global stars such as Korean group BTS and many more, spirits soared. The night kicked off with Taylor Swift’s performance of her new single “ME!” with Brendon Urie (Panic! at the Disco). Like last year, Kelly Clarkson hosted the BBMAs again, belting out a brilliant medley of this year’s hits.
Most Memorable Moments
The Jonas Brothers were back with a bang, performing songs like, “Jealous”, DNCE’s “Cake by the Ocean” and their hit single “Sucker”. This was followed by Billboard Chart Achievement award winner Ariana Grande’s smash hit “7 Rings”. Next up we have some incredible collaborations from Madonna and Maluma as well as the much-anticipated performance of “Boy with Love” by international superstars BTS and Halsey.
Biggest Winners of the Night
While Cardi B led the main categories with 21 nominations, Drake was the biggest winner of the night with 12 awards, including Top Artist, Top Rap Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album. Other big winners include, Cardi B who won Top Rap Song for “I Like It” featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin and Top Hot 100 song for “Girls Like You” with Maroon Five. Korean band BTS won Top Social Artist and Top Duo/Group.
Legends shut it down
Arguably, the biggest honor of the night went to Mariah Carey, who was presented with the Billboard Icon Award by Jennifer Hudson. Carey delivered a rousing medley of her greatest hit songs like “A No No,” “Always Be My Baby,” “Emotions,” and “Hero,” backed by a choir and mini-orchestra. To close the ceremony, Paula Abdul shut it down with a medley of her own classics like “Straight Up,” “The Way You Love Me,” and “Opposites Attract.” The perfect end to a pastel-colored, confetti-strewn night.