• Angel Solbach

A Rundown of the Billboard Music Awards

Credit: Billboard Music Awards

May 20, 2018: The Billboard Music Awards (BMAs) have come to a close, and if you missed out on seeing some of your favorite artists perform and give speeches, look no further for a rundown of all the best moments. First off, Kelly Clarkson hosted the entire event and to open up the show, she began with n emotion heavy a ‘moment of action’ instead of a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting, which happened just two days before the BMA’s. The singer went on to open up the show in a way that lightened the mood, and she went on to say she was going to keep her role in the show ‘very subtle and understated’. She then went on to perform a medley of some of this year’s hit songs; including Kendrick Lamar’s Humble, Bruno Mars’s Finesse, and Taylor Swift’s Look What You Made Me Do among others; this mash-up included Burlesque-like dancers, a tightrope walker, and a choir of background singers.

Taking a look at some of the winners, Carbi B took home the award for ‘Best Female Rap Artist’, Camila Cabello taking the ‘Billboard Chart Achievement’ award, the group Imagine Dragons winning several awards for ‘Best Rock Song’, ‘Best Duo/Group’, and ‘Top Rock Album’. The South Korean group BTS took ‘Best Social Artist’, and Luis Fonsi taking home the awards for ‘Best Collaboration’ and ‘Top Latin Song’. 

Janet Jackson gave a comeback performance of a medley of songs, and received the ‘Icon Award’; in her acceptance speech, Jackson spoke at length about the ongoing ‘#MeToo’ movement, praising it for the changes the movement has already made in our society. Janet Jackson, at 52 years old, is the first black woman to receive this award, and hopefully, she will not be the last.

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