Lamar, Sheeran, Mars, Fonsi, Imagine Dragons among top 2018 BBMA winners
Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee and Las Vegas’ Imagine Dragons were among the top multiple winners at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards hosted by Kelly Clarkson at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday.
Hit After Hit After Hit
Lamar, Sheeran and Mars entered the awards with a leading 15 nominations apiece, and their tallies at the end of the evening were six, six and five, respectively. “Despacito,” Fonsi’s inescapable, record-breaking megahit collaboration with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, won five Billboards, making it the Latin song with the most wins ever.
Ariana Grande started the NBC telecast with her current hit “No More Tears Left to Cry,” and other performers included Clarkson, Dua Lipa (who performed Saturday night at 2018 SPF at Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas), Shawn Mendes and John Legend.
Also performing at The 2018 BBMAs: Christina Aguilera + Demi Lovato, Jennifer Lopez + DJ Khaled, Mendes + Khalid, Zedd, Maren Morris + Grey, Icon Award recipient Janet Jackson (the first black woman to win the honor), Camila Cabello, BTS (the first Korean act to perform at The BBMAs) and Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue.
Among the awards’ highlights: Clarkson’s impassioned speech about moments of action and change instead of silence in light of the latest high school shootings; Grande’s soaring show-opener “No More Tears Left to Cry”; and The Chainsmokers and Halsey paying tribute to the late Avicii, with the DJ duo later dedicating an award to the Swedish DJ.
Also: Mendes and Khalid joined onstage by The Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Student Choir during “Youth”; Aguilera and Lovato’s female empowerment anthem “Fall in Line”; Jackson’s iconic medley that included “Nasty” and “Control”; and show-closers Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue’s sassy and sexy “Push It” and “Whatta Man.”
The loudest applause of the night, and throughout the night, was reserved for Korean boyband BTS, winner for Top Social Artist.
Official after-party at Hakkasan
Nearby Hakkasan Nightclub at MGM Grand hosted The Official 2018 Billboard Music Awards After-Party headlined by chart-topping rapper Post Malone. Directly from his win for Top Rap Song for “Rockstar” (ft. 21 Savage), Malone arrived at the hotspot around 1:30 a.m. and walked the blue carpet before entering the jam-packed nightclub.
Around 2 a.m., Malone took the stage, and his performance included “White Iverson,” “Candy Paint,” “Rockstar,” “Congratulations” and “Same Bitches,” his current hit collaboration with G-Eazy and YG. Post-performance, Malone returned to his VIP table to party with friends.
Halsey, T.I., French Montana and Normani Kordei were among the crowd watching the performance by Malone. TheModern.news thanks Tom Donoghue, Joe Janet and Mike Kirschbaum for their photo galleries, Donoghue from the awards and Janet and Kirschbaum at Hakkasan.