The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas was filled with musical legends — and musical legends in the making — on Sunday night for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. Hosted by Kelly Clarkson, the night was packed with memorable moments and blistering performances including K-pop superstars BTS, Salt-N-Pepa featuring En Vogue, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Macklemore & Kesha, Shawn Mendes & Khalid, Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello, Pharrell, and Janet Jackson, who is also taking home a well-deserved icon award. Plus, Taylor Swift made her first red-carpet appearance in two years.
Ariana Grande opened the award show with a performance of “No Tears Left to Cry,” and the choreography included backup dancers wielding umbrellas that she laid across. The BBMAs mark the first award show appearance since the tragedy at Manchester Arena a year ago.
The Chainsmokers and Halsey came out to bid homage to Avicii. Then in a jarring segue from sombre to celebratory, they presented the Top Hot 100 Song to Luis Fonsí for “Despacito.”
Taylor Swift hasn’t been seen at the Billboard Music Awards since 2015, but she just happened to be on-hand to take home the Top Female Artist prize — and remind fans that she is on an all-female stadium tour right now with Charli XCX and Camila Cabello.
Rap icons Salt-N-Pepa and DJ Spinderella closed down the night with a medley of their greatest hits, including “Push It,” “Shoop,” and “Let’s Talk About Sex,” which had the crowd singing and dancing, even if they were listening to Baby Einstein in the ’90s. They were joined by En Vogue to perform “Whatta Man“ and Kelly Clarkson crashed the stage in a fitting farewell.
Want to know what everyone was wearing? We ran a poll for the Best Dressed over on Instagram so take a look at the Highlights!
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