Billboard Music Awards 2019 Recap

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Billboard Music Awards 2019 Recap

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On May 1,  the annual Billboard Music Awards took place at the Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with host Kelly Clarkson for the second year in a row. Huge names in the industry such as Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, BTS, and Madonna attended and performed show stopping performances. The ceremony was broadcasted internationally as celebrities from all genres watched and accepted their Billboard Music Award.

 

While music was the main topic of the night, Imagine Dragons highlighted the struggles of the LGBT+ community in their acceptance speech. “I just want to take this moment to say that there are 34 States that have no laws banning conversion therapy. And on top of that, 58 percent of our LGBTQ population live in those states,” Reynolds said. “This can change, but it’s going to take all of us talking to our state legislators, pushing forward laws to protect our LGBTQ youth.”

 

BTS, a sensational worldwide boy group from South Korea, took home two awards. Winning “Top Social Artist” three years in a row, this year, they also took home “Top Duo/Group” making them the first Asian Act to ever win the category. Later that night, the group also performed their current lead single “Boy With Luv” along with Halsey, from their new album MAP OF THE SOUL: PERSONA.

 

Speaking of boy groups, the Jonas Brothers reunited to perform a medley of their individual hits including Nick Jonas’s “Jealous” and Joe Jonas’s “Cake by the Ocean.” Of course, they ended their performance with the catchy “Sucker” as their significant others cheered them on from the crowd. Courtney Poon (12) “loved” the performance because it reminded her of her “childhood” where Disney was “her whole life.”

 

Drake won a record-breaking amount of Billboard Music Awards, taking home 12 in one night, now possessing 27 in total, including “Top Artist.” While accepting his awards, Drake also expresses his thought on the music industry.  “I wanna encourage other artists to let others know how you feel about them. … Show somebody some love, tell somebody you love their music.”

 

The biggest honor of the night, the Billboard Icon Award, was received by Mariah Carey and presented by Jennifer Hudson. After performing a medley of her smash hits including “Always Be My Baby,” “Emotions,” and “Hero,” Carey threw her teary tissue on stage and gave her well-deserved acceptance speech. “I want to thank all the people who’s been with me on this journey — through the highs and lows, through your struggles and mine,” she states, according to Billboard. “And to anybody who doesn’t allow themselves to be broken and keeps getting up and keeps holding on and keeps standing tall and keeps on believing and keeps rising. I celebrate you tonight. And to anyone who has ever told me that a song I wrote helped save your life I thank you because you saved mine and I’ll be eternally grateful.”

 

To close the entire show, Paula Abdul vibrantly performed a medley of her own hits, enticing the crowd with jaw-dropping choreography. With that, it was a night of fun and entertainment where different genres and cultures came together to celebrate a universal language: music.

 

Complete List of Winners (provided by Billboard):


ARTIST AWARDS

Top Artist:

Cardi B

Drake — WINNER

Ariana Grande

Post Malone

Travis Scott

 

Top New Artist:

Bazzi

Juice WRLD — WINNER

Lil Baby

Dua Lipa

Ella Mai

 

Billboard Chart Achievement Award:

Dan + Shay

Drake

Ariana Grande — WINNER

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

Dua Lipa

 

Top Male Artist:

Drake — WINNER

Post Malone

Travis Scott

Ed Sheeran

XXXTentacion

 

Top Female Artist:

Cardi B

Ariana Grande — WINNER

Halsey

Ella Mai

Taylor Swift

 

Top Duo/Group:

BTS — WINNER

Dan + Shay

Imagine Dragons

Maroon 5

Panic! At The Disco

 

Top Billboard 200 Artist:

Drake — WINNER

Ariana Grande

Post Malone

Travis Scott

XXXTentacion

 

Top Hot 100 Artist:

Cardi B

Drake — WINNER

Ariana Grande

Juice Wrld

Post Malone

 

Top Streaming Songs Artist:

Cardi B

Drake — WINNER

Ariana Grande

Post Malone

XXXTentacion

 

Top Song Sales Artist:

Drake — WINNER

Ariana Grande

Imagine Dragons

Lady Gaga

Post Malone

 

Top Radio Songs Artist:

Cardi B

Drake — WINNER

Ariana Grande

Maroon 5

Post Malone

 

Top Social Artist:

BTS — WINNER

EXO

GOT7

Ariana Grande

Louis Tomlinson

 

Top Touring Artist:

Beyoncé & JAY-Z

Bruno Mars

Ed Sheeran — WINNER

Taylor Swift

Justin Timberlake

 

Top R&B Artist:

H.E.R.

Khalid

Ella Mai — WINNER

The Weeknd

XXXTentacion

 

Top R&B Male Artist:

Khalid

The Weeknd — WINNER

XXXTentacion

 

Top R&B Female Artist:

H.E.R.

Ella Mai — WINNER

Queen Naija

 

Top R&B Tour:

Beyoncé & JAY-Z — WINNER

Childish Gambino

Bruno Mars

 

Top Rap Artist:

Cardi B

Drake — WINNER

Juice Wrld

Post Malone

Travis Scott

 

Top Rap Male Artist:

Drake — WINNER

Post Malone

Travis Scott

 

Top Rap Female Artist:

Cardi B — WINNER

City Girls

Nicki Minaj

 

Top Rap Tour:

Beyoncé & JAY-Z — WINNER

Drake

Travis Scott

 

Top Country Artist:

Jason Aldean

Kane Brown

Luke Combs — WINNER

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

 

Top Country Male Artist:

Jason Aldean

Kane Brown

Luke Combs — WINNER

 

Top Country Female Artist:

Maren Morris

Kacey Musgraves

Carrie Underwood — WINNER

 

Top Country Duo/Group:

Dan + Shay — WINNER

Florida Georgia Line

Old Dominion

 

Top Country Tour:

Luke Bryan

Kenny Chesney — WINNER

Shania Twain

 

Top Rock Artist:

Imagine Dragons — WINNER

Lovelytheband

Panic! At The Disco

Queen

Twenty One Pilots

 

Top Rock Tour:

Elton John — WINNER

The Rolling Stones

U2

 

Top Latin Artist:

Anuel AA

Bad Bunny

J Balvin

Ozuna — WINNER

Romeo Santos

 

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:

Calvin Harris

Kygo

Marshmello

Odesza

The Chainsmokers — WINNER

 

Top Christian Artist:

Cory Asbury

Lauren Daigle — WINNER

For King & Country

Hillsong Worship

MercyMe

 

Top Gospel Artist:

Kirk Franklin

Koryn Hawthorne

Tori Kelly

Tasha Cobbs Leonard — WINNER

Marvin Sapp

 

ALBUM AWARDS

Top Billboard 200 Album:

Cardi B “Invasion of Privacy”

Drake “Scorpion” — WINNER

Post Malone “beerbongs & bentleys”

Travis Scott “ASTROWORLD”

XXXTentacion “?”

 

Top Soundtrack:

“13 Reasons Why: Season 2”

“A Star is Born” by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

“The Greatest Showman” — WINNER

 

Top R&B Album:

Ella Mai “Ella Mai”

H.E.R. “H.E.R.”

Khalid “American Teen”

The Weeknd “My Dear Melancholy,”

XXXTentacion “17” — WINNER

 

Top Rap Album:

Cardi B “Invasion of Privacy”

Drake “Scorpion” — WINNER

Post Malone “beerbongs & bentleys”

Travis Scott “ASTROWORLD”

XXXTentacion “?”

 

Top Country Album:

Jason Aldean “Rearview Town”

Kane Brown “Kane Brown”

Luke Combs “This One’s For You” — WINNER

Dan + Shay “Dan + Shay”

Carrie Underwood “Cry Pretty”

 

Top Rock Album:

Dave Matthews Band “Come Tomorrow”

Imagine Dragons “Origins”

Mumford & Sons “Delta”

Panic! At This Disco “Pray For The Wicked” — WINNER

Twenty One Pilots “Trench”

 

Top Latin Album:

Anuel AA “Real Hasta la Muerte”

Bad Bunny “X 100PRE”

J Balvin “Vibras”

Maluma “F.A.M.E.”

Ozuna “Aura” — WINNER

 

Top Dance/Electronic Album:

Clean Bandit “What Is Love?”

David Guetta “7”

Kygo “Kids in Love”

Major Lazer “Major Lazer Essentials”

The Chainsmokers “Sick Boy” — WINNER

 

Top Christian Album:

Cory Asbury “Reckless Love”

Lauren Daigle “Look Up Child” — WINNER

For King & Country “Burn The Ships”

Hillsong Worship “There Is More”

Zach Williams “Chain Breaker”

 

Top Gospel Album:

Snoop Dogg & Various Artists “Snoop Dogg Presents Bible of Love”

Aretha Franklin “Gospel Greats”

Koryn Hawthorne “Unstoppable”

Tori Kelly “Hiding Place” — WINNER

Jonathan McReynolds “Make Room”

 

SONG AWARDS

Top Hot 100 Song:

Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It”

Juice Wrld “Lucid Dreams”

Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You” — WINNER

Post Malone “Better Now”

Travis Scott “SICKO MODE”

 

Top Streaming Song (Audio):

Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It”

Juice Wrld “Lucid Dreams”

Post Malone “Better Now”

Travis Scott “SICKO MODE” — WINNER

XXXTentacion “SAD!”

 

Top Streaming Song (Video):

Drake “In My Feelings” — WINNER

Juice Wrld “Lucid Dreams”

Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”

Travis Scott “SICKO MODE”

XXXTentacion “SAD!”

 

Top Selling Song:

Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It”

Drake “In My Feelings”

Halsey “Without Me”

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper “Shallow”

Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You” — WINNER

 

Top Radio Song:

Khalid & Normani “Love Lies”

Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You” — WINNER

Post Malone “Better Now”

Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant to Be”

Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey “The Middle”

 

Top Collaboration:

Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It”

Khalid & Normani “Love Lies”

Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You” — WINNER

Marshmello & Bastille “Happier”

Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign “Psycho”

 

Top R&B Song:

DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper & Quavo “No Brainer”

Ella Mai “Boo’d Up” — WINNER

Ella Mai “Trip”

Khalid “Better”

Lil Dicky ft. Chris Brown “Freaky Friday”

 

Top Rap Song:

Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It” — WINNER

Drake “In My Feelings”

Juice WRLD “Lucid Dreams”

Post Malone “Better Now”

Travis Scott “SICKO MODE”

 

Top Country Song:

Kane Brown “Heaven”

Luke Combs “She Got the Best of Me”

Dan + Shay “Speechless”

Dan + Shay “Tequila”

Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant to Be” — WINNER

 

Top Rock Song:

Foster The People “Sit Next to Me”

Imagine Dragons “Natural”

Imagine Dragons “Whatever It Takes”

Lovelytheband “broken”

Panic! At The Disco “High Hopes” — WINNER

 

Top Latin Song:

Bad Bunny ft. Drake “Mia”

Daddy Yankee “Dura”

DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B “Taki Taki”

Nicky Jam & J Balvin “X”

Casper Magico, Nio Garcia, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny & Ozuna “Te Bote” — WINNER

 

Top Dance/Electronic Song:

DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B “Taki Taki”

Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa “One Kiss”

Marshmello & Bastille “Happier”

Tiësto & Dzeko ft. Preme & Post Malone “Jackie Chan”

Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey “The Middle” — WINNER

 

Top Christian Song:

Cory Asbury “Reckless Love”

Lauren Daigle “You Say” — WINNER

For King & Country “joy.”

Hillsong Worship “Who You Say I Am”

Tauren Wells “Known”

 

Top Gospel Song:

Todd Dulaney “Your Great Name”

Koryn Hawthorne “Won’t He Do It” — WINNER

Tori Kelly ft. Kirk Franklin “Never Alone”

Jason Nelson “Forever”

Brian Courtney Wilson “A Great Work”

 

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