Recap: 2019 Billboard Music Awards
The 2019 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) took place last night in Las Vegas, and overall, I was entertained. There weren’t any moments that blew my mind, but there also weren’t a ton of in-program bathroom breaks, if you know what I mean.
Kelly Clarkson returned to host and her intro medley was [fire emoji]. Drake won 12 awards (including Top Artist), bringing his career total to 27 and making him the most decorated artist in BBMA history. He was also one trophy shy of the record for the most wins in one night, which is also held by Drake.
Cardi B, Maroon 5, Ariana Grande and the Carters were among the night’s winners. The BBMAs are generally predictable, so there were very few surprises. The one award that I could have never predicted was Top New Artist, which went to Juice WRLD. I was so sure Ella Mai had that one. For a full list of winners, click here.
Taylor Swift opened the show with a Great Value Beychella performance, dubbed “Mayochella” by Black Twitter. She was dragged for a solid 16 hours on Twitter and I almost started feeling bad for her, then I remembered that she’s the custodian of numerous awards that she doesn’t deserve (including two Grammys for Album of the Year).
Ariana Grande gave us a forgettable performance of “7 Rings” while Halsey gave us a particularly interpretive performance of “Without Me.” Mariah Carey, who received the Icon Award, performed a medley of her greatest hits, and while the singing wasn’t that great, it was nice to see the audience rooting for her. Taylor Swift was in full lamb mode.
It was a lackluster year for performances, but if I had to pick a winner, it’d be Khalid’s performance — and this is entirely based on the fact that I love “Talk.”