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Billboard Music Awards2018 Billboard Music Award nominees (see below, along with this year's winners) were announced on April 17, 2018.

The star-studded awards show was televised on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on NBC live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

What sets the BMAs apart from most award shows?

Based on Nielsen data for sales, downloads and airplay, the BMA Music Awards recognize that fans vote with their pocketbook. Therefore, it's only the most popular recording and touring artists of the year who earn their place on an annual roster of top nominees and winners.

New this year? For the first time, the 2018 Billboard Music Awards aired on NBC -- moving from its 7-year stint on ABC.

Hosting the ceremony was singer Kelly Clarkson, with Ariana Grande the opening act. Additional performances were given by host Kelly Clarkson as well as John Legend, Jennifer Lopez, BTS, Camila Cabello, Dua Lipa, Shawn Mendes, Macklemore, Kesha, Salt-N-Pepa, En Vogue, Maren Morris, and Zedd & Grey.



Live performances also included a special collaboration by Demi Lovato and Christina Aguilera, In another special team up, Khalid and Shawn Mendes performed together for the world television premiere of Mendes' new single, "Youth". Ed Sheeran (one of the night's big winners) also contributed a live performance via satellite from Ireland.

With all the star wattage this year, add to that a special appearance by Janet Jackson wowed the audience as this year's recipient of the Billboard Icon Award.

Presenters at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards included Hailey Baldwin, Tyra Banks, Alison Brie, The Chainsmokers, Ciara, Andy Cohen, Simon Cowell, Darren Criss, Halsey, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Justin Hartley & Chrissy Metz, Nick Jonas & Mustard, Chloe Kim, Mila Kunis, Padma Lakshmi, Des Linden, Julia Michaels, French Montana, Ne-Yo, Derek Hough & Jenna Dewan, Evan Ross & Ashlee Simpson, Grace VanderWaal and Rebel Wilson


DID YOU KNOW? Billboard Music Awards fun facts & trivia

Billboard Music Awards top winners
Top BMA winners of all time.

• Among the top winners at the BMA's, Taylor Swift leads the pack with 21 awards -- followed by Garth Brooks with 19, Usher and Adele both with 18, Whitney Houston with 16, and Justin Bieber with 15.

• The very first Billboard Awards aired in 1989 when Michael Jackson won for Album of The Year for "Bad" and Janet Jackson Video Of The Year for "Miss You Much".

• The Billboard Millennium Award has only been awarded to three people: Beyonce Knowles (2011), Whitney Houston (posthumously, in 2012) and Britney Spears (2016).

• The only two artists to win the Spotlight Award (for five consecutive number ones singles from one album) has been Michael Jackson for "Bad" (1988) and Katy Perry for "Teenage Dream" (2012).

• The only two artists who can boast multiple wins for Top Male Artist is Eminem (2010 and 2011) and Justin Bieber (2013 and 2016).

Sean Cosgrave is a frequent editorial contributor to Chiff.com.


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2018 Billboard Music Awards Nominees & * Winners

Top Artist:
* Ed Sheeran
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Taylor Swift

Top New Artist:
* Khalid
21 Savage
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Kodak Black

Billboard Chart Achievement Award:
* Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Drake
Sam Hunt
Ed Sheeran

Top Male Artist:
* Ed Sheeran
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone

Top Female Artist:
* Taylor Swift
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Halsey
Demi Lovato

Top Duo/Group:
* Imagine Dragons
The Chainsmokers
Coldplay
Migos
U2

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
* Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran
Chris Stapleton
Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist:
* Ed Sheeran
Imagine Dragons
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone

Top Streaming Songs Artist:
* Kendrick Lamar
Cardi B
Drake
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran

Top Song Sales Artist:
* Ed Sheeran
Imagine Dragons
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Post Malone

Top Radio Songs Artist:
* Ed Sheeran
Halsey
Imagine Dragons
Bruno Mars
Charlie Puth

Top Social Artist:
* BTS
Justin Bieber
Ariana Grande
Demi Lovato
Shawn Mendes

Top Touring Artist:
* U2
Coldplay
Guns N’ Roses
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran

Top R&B Artist:
* Bruno Mars
Chris Brown
Khalid
SZA
The Weeknd

Top R&B Male Artist:
* Bruno Mars
Khalid
The Weeknd

Top R&B Female Artist:
* SZA
Beyonce
Rihanna

Top R&B Tour:
* Bruno Mars
Lionel Richie
The Weeknd

Top Rap Artist:
* Kendrick Lamar
Drake
Lil Uzi Vert
Migos
Post Malone

Top Rap Male Artist:
* Kendrick Lamar
Drake
Post Malone

Top Rap Female Artist:
* Cardi B
Bhad Bhabie
Nicki Minaj

Top Rap Tour:
* JAY-Z
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar

Top Country Artist:
* Chris Stapleton
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett

Top Country Male Artist:
* Chris Stapleton
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett

Top Country Female Artist:
* Maren Morris
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert

Top Country Duo/Group Artist:
* Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

Top Country Tour:
* Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Top Rock Artist:
* Imagine Dragons
Linkin Park
Portugal. The Man
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
twenty one pilots

Top Rock Tour:
* U2
Coldplay
Guns N’ Roses

Top Latin Artist:
* Ozuna
J Balvin
Daddy Yankee
Luis Fonsi
Romeo Santos

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
* The Chainsmokers
Calvin Harris
Kygo
Marshmello
ODESZA

Top Christian Artist:
* MercyMe
Elevation Worship
Hillsong UNITED
Hillsong Worship
Zach Williams

Top Gospel Artist:
* Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Anthony Brown & group therAPy
Travis Greene
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise
Tamela Mann

Top Billboard 200 Album:
* Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Drake, More Life
Post Malone, Stoney
Ed Sheeran ÷ (Divide)
Taylor Swift, reputation

Top Selling Album:
* Taylor Swift, reputation
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
P!nk, Beautiful Trauma
Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide)
Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1

Top Soundtrack:
* Moana
Black Panther
The Fate of the Furious: The Album
The Greatest Showman
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2

Top R&B Album:
* Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
Khalid, American Teen
SZA, CTRL
The Weeknd, Starboy
XXXTentacion, 17

Top Rap Album:
* Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Lil Uzi Vert, Luv Is Rage 2
Migos, Culture
Post Malone, Stoney

Top Country Album:
* Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1
Kane Brown, Kane Brown
Luke Combs, This One’s For You
Thomas Rhett, Life Changes
Brett Young, Brett Young

Top Rock Album:
* Imagine Dragons, Evolve
Linkin Park, One More Light
Panic! At The Disco, Death of a Bachelor
Portugal. The Man, Woodstock
U2, Songs of Experience

Top Latin Album:
* Ozuna, Odisea
Nicky Jam, Fenix
Christian Nodal, Me Deje Llevar
Romeo Santos, Golden
Shakira, El Dorado

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
* The Chainsmokers, Memories…Do Not Open
Avicii, AVĨCI (01)
Calvin Harris, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
Kygo, Stargazing
ODESZA, A Moment Apart

Top Christian Album:
* Alan Jackson, Precious Memories Collection
Elevation Worship, There Is A Cloud
Hillsong UNITED, Wonder
Hillsong Worship, Let There Be Light
MercyMe, Lifer

Top Gospel Album:
* Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit
Anthony Brown & group therAPy, A Long Way From Sunday
Travis Greene, Crossover: Live From Music City
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, You Deserve It
Marvin Sapp, Close

Top Hot 100 Song:
* Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito"
Kendrick Lamar, "Humble."
Bruno Mars, "That’s What I Like"
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, "Rockstar"
Ed Sheeran, "Shape Of You"

Top Streaming Song (Audio):
* Kendrick Lamar, "Humble."
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito"
Lil Uzi Vert, "XO Tour LLIF3"
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, "Rockstar"
Post Malone ft. Quavo, "Congratulations"

Top Streaming Song (Video):
* Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito"
Cardi B, "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)"
Lil Pump, "Gucci Gang"
Bruno Mars, "That’s What I Like"
Ed Sheeran, "Shape of You"

Top Selling Song:
* Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito"
Sam Hunt “Body Like A Back Road”
Imagine Dragons “Believer”
Imagine Dragons “Thunder”
Ed Sheeran “Perfect”

Top Radio Song:
* Ed Sheeran, "Shape of You”
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
Imagine Dragons, “Believer”
Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
Charlie Puth, “Attention”

Top Collaboration:
* Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, “Havana”
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
French Montana ft. Swae Lee, “Unforgettable”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar”

Top R&B Song:
* Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
Childish Gambino, “Redbone”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts”
Khalid, “Young Dumb & Broke”
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B, “Finesse”

Top Rap Song:
* Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar”
Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne, “I’m The One
French Montana ft. Swae Lee, “Unforgettable”
Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.”

Top Country Song:
* Sam Hunt, “Body Like A Back Road”
Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs”
Dustin Lynch, “Small Town Boy”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant To Be”
Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know”

Top Rock Song:
* Imagine Dragons “Believer”
Imagine Dragons “Thunder”
Linkin Park ft. Kiiara “Heavy”
Portugal. The Man “Feel It Still”
The Revivalists “Wish I Knew You”

Top Latin Song:
* Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
J Balvin & Willy William Ft. Beyonce, “Mi Gente”
Becky G ft. Bad Bunny, ”Mayores”
Maluma, “Felices Los 4”
Wisin ft. Ozuna, “Escapate Conmigo”

Top Dance/Electronic Song:
* The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
Cheat Codes ft. Demi Lovato, “No Promises”
Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul & Ann-Marie, “Rockabye”
Kygo & Selena Gomez, “It Ain’t Me”
Zedd & Alessia Cara, “Stay”

Top Christian Song:
* Hillsong Worship, “What A Beautiful Name”
Elevation Worship, “O Come To The Altar”
Lecrae ft. Tori Kelly, “I’ll Find You”
MercyMe, “Even If”
Zach Williams, “Old Church Choir”

Top Gospel Song:
* J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, “You Deserve It”
Anthony Brown & group therAPy, “Trust In You”
Travis Greene, “You Waited”
Tamela Mann, “Change Me”
Charlie Wilson, “I’m Blessed”


More about the Billboard Music Awards around the Web:


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Billboard - The official site of the award hosts including headline music news, tour dates of favorite artists, album reviews, pop music history, video clips, and related features including the Billboard Hot 100.

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