It was a high-energy, irreverent and sometimes racy Sunday night in Las Vegas at the Billboard Music Awards.
From the top of the show, host Sean “Diddy” Combs brought energy and excitement, insisting on a party atmosphere and even spotlighting his liquor brands.
Olivia Rodrigo, Drake and Doja Cat were among the big winners, which are all determined by sales, streaming and airplay.
Machine Gun Kelly seemed to break a couple of news items during “Twin Flame,” dedicating the performance to “my wife” and “my unborn child.” He and Megan Fox hadn’t confirmed that they are married or that she’s pregnant.
One Billboard Icon introduced another as Janet Jackson presented the award to Mary J. Blige. Mary’s acceptance speech was fit for a queen as she called herself “ghetto fabulous” and said that she pioneered the aesthetic.
Country artist Morgan Wallen — looking to move on from his N-word controversy last year — delivered an understated performance of “Don’t Think Jesus” and “Wasted on You.”
Perhaps the top performance of the night came from Megan Thee Stallion, who twerked her way through “Plan B” and “Sweetest Pie.”
America was introduced to “Little Miss Flint” Mari Copeny, who gave a heart-felt and super-cute speech in accepting the Changemaker Award. Now 17 years old, Mari has rallied to help her hometown of Flint, Michigan since the drinking water crisis of 2014.
Click here for a full list of winners.
Written by: Tony Williams