Didn’t catch the Billboard Music Awards last night? Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. Find the highlights right here.
Nicki Minaj’s show-opening medley
Two weeks after making headlines for her generosity, Nicki opened the BBMAs with a bang and a half. With a medley featuring guest appearances from Jason Derulo, Lil Wayne, and David Guetta, the nine-minute set lit up the arena and opened the show as only Nicki could. It was over-the-top, dance-heavy, and dramatic—do we expect anything else?
Julia Michaels absolutely slaying “Issues”
After starting her music career as a songwriter (and penning hits for artists like Justin Bieber), Julia Michaels released her debut single just 5 months ago. Last night, she not only took the stage, she owned it. Raw, emotional delivery and a stripped-down stage design let her voice shine. She’s definitely one to watch.
Miley Cyrus’ performance of “Malibu”
Welcome back, Miley. After a quiet few years, Miley made waves with the release of “Malibu,” a chill, summer-ready slow jam that was light-years away from the Dead Petz album she released two years ago. Her performance on the BBMA stage was stripped back, genuine, and country-tinged—all three suit her.
BTS’s historic win
BTS is the first k-pop group to be nominated for a BBMA, and they’re now the first k-pop group to win. With their fan ARMY behind them, they beat out Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, and Shawn Mendes to take home the Top Social Artist award. Watch their acceptance speech here.
Drake’s fire and water performance in the Bellagio fountain
Breaking the record for most BBMA wins in a single night (winning 13) was a pretty big deal for Drake. Almost as big as his fiery performance of “Gyalchester” inside the famous Bellagio fountain. In short, it was stunning.
Halsey’s rose-covered rendition of “Now or Never”
Her “Closer” collaboration with The Chainsmokers won Top Collaboration, Top Dance/Electronic Song, and Top Hot 100 Song, but Halsey didn’t let us forget she has her sophomore album coming out soon. Decked out in roses and satin, she gave her first televised performance of her latest single, “Now or Never.” After hearing nothing but “Closer” for months, it’s refreshing to hear her solo work again.
The ever-iconic Cher, singing iconic hits
Cher still has it. 71 yesterday, she took the stage with a dozen dancers to perform two huge hits, “Believe” and “If I Could Turn Back Time.” I’m pretty sure she wasn’t even lip-syncing. After, she accepted the well-deserved Billboard Icon Award from Gwen Stefani. Click here to watch the performances, and then come back and say you don’t believe.
Bruno Mars, all the way from Amsterdam
Bruno Mars has been unstoppable. Being in Amsterdam didn’t stop him from appearing on the BBMAs—a recording of his performance of “Versace on the Floor” was aired during the broadcast, and was a fitting final performance of the night. Rising above the stage during the last chorus, Bruno delivered his latest single against a romantic backdrop of glowing lights and purple laser beams.