Just last night, May 20th 2018, the who's who of the music industry descended upon the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for the Billboard Music Awards, 2018! Celebrating some of the biggest names in the industry and their mammoth achievements over the past year.
With performances from Janet Jackson, the winner of the ICON Billboard Music Award (BBMA), who made her comeback TV performance after nine long years to John Legend, Christina Aguilera, Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande among others it was quite a star studded lineup. The night was hosted by Texas native, Kelly Clarkson, who began the night with a heartfelt tribute to the victims of the mass shooting in Santa Fe High School. Korean Pop sensations, BTS - who also happened to snag the award for Top Social Artist, also became the first Korean act to perform at the awards.
Clarifying on what basis the nominees are judged and the duration that is taken into consideration - "Billboard Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of April 8, 2017 through March 31, 2018."
While Ed Sheeran took home the big one for Top Artist and a few more, when it came to Dance/Electronic Music, it was almost a clean sweep for The Chainsmokers. The duo also went on to make a heartfelt dedication of their award for Top Electronic/Dance Music act to Avicii!
For a complete list of nominees and winners in each category, check out the complete list of winners right here!