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Kelly Clarkson hosted the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night. With tears streaming down her face, Kelly opened the show by honoring the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting, which left 10 people dead and another 10 wounded.

“Tonight they wanted me to say that obviously, we are going to pray for the victims, we are going to pray for their families, but they also wanted me to do a moment of silence, and I’m so sick of moments of silences,” Clarkson said.

“It’s not working. Like obviously. So, sorry. So why don’t we not do a moment of silence? Why don’t we do a moment of action? Why don’t we do a moment of change? Why don’t we change what’s happening?”

Clarkson also performed, as will a slew of other artists, including BTS, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, Khalid and Shawn Mendes, Zedd and Maren Morris along with Grey, Macklemore and Kesha, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Camila Cabello, Dua Lipa and Salt-N-Pepa with En Vogue. Janet Jackson performed and received this year’s Icon Award.

Other Highlights:

Ariana Grande belted out her new song “No Tears Left to Cry” to open the show. The 24-year-old singer started the performance by laying on a bed of umbrellas.

Kelly Clarkson sang a melody of the top songs of the past year. Kelly sang Maren Morris’ “My Church,” Sam Smith’s “Too Good at Goodbyes,” Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble,” Khalid’s “Young Dumb Broke,” Bruno Mars’ “Finesse,” Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” Shawn Mendes’ “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back,” and Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made me Do.”

Halsey and The Chainsmokers appeared on stage together to pay tribute to their late friend Avicii, who passed away recently. “We’d like to take a moment and talk about our friend Avicii. His passing was a great loss for the music world and for us. He was an artist who inspired so many in so many ways. Simply put, he meant so much to us and everyone in the EDM community. Everyone who worked with him would agree that he was such a joy and it makes this tragedy all the more painful. It’s a reminder to us to be there and to support and love all of our friends and family members who may be struggling with mental health issues,” they said.

John Legend performed his hot song “A Good Night” – just days after the birth of his newborn baby boy, Miles Theodore. Chrissy Teigen gave birth on Wednesday. She took the opportunity to shade her hubby: “Wow didn’t u just have a baby John smh go take care of it !!!!!! disgusting,” she tweeted.

Dua Lipa performed her smash hit song “New Rules” for the screaming crowd. During her performance, Dua Lipa and her dancers performed a fun dance routine, all centered around a large flamingo.

Shawn Mendes performed his song “Youth” with Khalid and 12 members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student choir joined them in honoring the 10 victims of Friday’s school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. “Pain but I won’t let it turn into hate/ I won’t let it change me/ You can’t take my youth away,” Mendes belted out. While Mendes played guitar and Khalid wearing a “Protect our children” shirt, 12 members of the show choir, wearing “Youth” sweaters walked on stage to sing the chorus. The group shared a warm embrace as the audience gave a rousing standing ovation.

Jennifer Lopez performed “Dinero” for the first time on television. DJ Khaled was seen on a separate stage to introduce the song, and Cardi B appeared via a black and white video for her portion of the song.

Kelly Clarkson wore fluffy pink earmuffs to introduce BTS’ performance…saying she knew what would happen. She was right. The crowd erupted and the guys performed their hit “Fake Love” for the first time on television,

Supergroups Salt & Pepa and En Vogue reunited to perform their 1993 hit “Whatta Man.” The throwback performance capped off a funky hit-filled medley mashing up “Push It,” “Shoop,” and “Let’s Talk About Sex.” Just before the song wrapped, host Kelly Clarkson came out to take a climactic line on the chorus. Their duet was in honor of another major anniversary: the 30th anniversary of Salt-N-Pepa becoming the first female rap artists to hit the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. Winners included:

  • Top Artist: Ed Sheeran
  • Top New Artist: Khalid
  • Billboard Chart Achievement Award: Camila Cabello
  • Top Male Artist: Ed Sheeran
  • Top Female Artist: Taylor Swift
  • Top Duo/Group: Imagine Dragons
  • Top Billboard 200 Artist: Drake
  • Top Hot 100 Artist: Ed Sheeran
  • Top Streaming Songs Artist: Kendrick Lamar
  • Top Song Sales Artist: Ed Sheeran
  • Top Radio Songs Artist: Ed Sheeran
  • Top Social Artist: BTS
  • Top Touring Artist: U2
  • Top R&B Artist: Bruno Mars
  • Top R&B Male Artist: Bruno Mars
  • Top R&B Female Artist: SZA
  • Top R&B Tour: Bruno Mars
  • Top Rap Artist: Kendrick Lamar
  • Top Rap Male Artist: Kendrick Lamar
  • Top Rap Female Artist: Cardi B
  • Top Rap Tour: JAY-Z
  • Top Country Artist: Chris Stapleton
  • Top Country Male Artist: Chris Stapleton
  • Top Country Female Artist: Maren Morris
  • Top Country Duo/Group Artist: Florida Georgia Line
  • Top Country Tour: Luke Bryan
  • Top Rock Artist: Imagine Dragons
  • Top Rock Tour: U2
  • Top Latin Artist: Ozuna
  • Top Dance/Electronic Artist: The Chainsmokers
  • Top Christian Artist: MercyMe
  • Top Gospel Artist: Tasha Cobbs Leonard
  • Top Billboard 200 Album: Kendrick Lamar – “DAMN.”
  • Top Selling Album: Taylor Swift – “reputation”
  • Top Soundtrack: “Moana”
  • Top R&B Album: Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
  • Top Rap Album: Kendrick Lamar – “DAMN.”
  • Top Country Album: Chris Stapleton – “From A Room: Volume 1”
  • Top Rock Album: Imagine Dragons – “Evolve”
  • Top Latin Album: Ozuna – “Odisea”
  • Top Dance/Electronic Album: The Chainsmokers – “Memories…Do Not Open”
  • Top Christian Album: Alan Jackson – “Precious Memories Collection”
  • Top Gospel Album: Tasha Cobbs Leonard – “Heart. Passion. Pursuit”
  • Top Hot 100 Song: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – “Despacito”
  • Top Streaming Song (Audio): Kendrick Lamar – “Humble.”
  • Top Streaming Song (Video): Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – “Despacito”
  • Top Selling Song: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – “Despacito”
  • Top Radio Song: Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
  • Top Collaboration: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – “Despacito”
  • Top R&B Song: Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like”
  • Top Rap Song: Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “Rockstar”
  • Top Country Song: Sam Hunt – “Body Like A Back Road”
  • Top Rock Song: Imagine Dragons – “Believer”
  • Top Latin Song: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber – “Despacito”
  • Top Dance/Electronic Song: The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – “Something Just Like This”
  • Top Christian Song: Hillsong Worship – “What A Beautiful Name”
  • Top Gospel Song: J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise – “You Deserve It”
  • Icon Award: Janet Jackson

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