One could argue the 2019 BBMAs ceremony was one of the best in the show’s history. Legendary artists like this year’s ICON Award recipient Mariah Carey, Madonna, and Paul Abdul hit the stage along with a huge star-studded roster of performers.
K-pop superstars BTS and Halsey performed the worldwide debut of their "Boy With Luv" single. Plus, Taylor Swift proved she is back and brighter than ever as she kicked off the epic night of song with the worldwide live performance of her new Brendon Urie collab track “ME!”
Kelly Clarkson crushed her hosting duties once again as she sang, danced, joked, and led the BBMAs audience through a spectacular evening of exciting performances and magical memorable moments. Also, it was impossible to hold back tears when she sang her inspirational “Ugly Dolls” song “Broken and Beautiful” with a group of incredibly talented kids
As for awards, Drake swept all the major categories– taking home the most wins of the night – with 12 new trophies. He earned the night’s top honor in winning Top Artist, among many others. He also set record for the most BBMA wins (at 27 total), surpassing previous record holder Taylor Swift.
While it was an insanely challenging task to narrow down our favorites, our picks for the 5 Best Moments from the 2019 Billboard Music Awards are listed below.
5. Lauren Daigle Delivered Stunning “You Say” Performance
Lauren Daigle won Top Christian Album for her chart-topping third studio album Look Up Child as well as Top Christian Song for her crossover chart-topping hit “You Say.” Her stunning performance of the song was one of the rare quieter moments in the ceremony. Supported by backup singers, Daigle captivated the audience with her sweeping, vulnerable vocals and uplifting lyrical message. It was lovely.
BTS probably could never have imagined the worldwide frenzy they’ve created in a relatively short career. Any time the South Korean boyband’s group name was mentioned, the audience (and their loyal BTS Army fans) broke out into screams.
BTS won two Billboard Music Awards this year for Top Duo/Group and Top Social Artist. It is their third consecutive win in the latter category. They were genuinely shocked when they won the Top Duo/Group Award and shared the love right back to their adoring Army in their acceptance speech. (Watch BTS accept their award below).
And, we’ll never get enough of those super smooth dance moves! This time, BTS was joined by Halsey who rocked out in perfect time beside her “Boy with Luv” collab partners. In all, BTS brought all the screams, tears, and love we anticipated, and their infectious energy is so fun to absorb!
Jonas Brothers and their fans are clearly loving the trio’s recent reunion. Nick Jonas kicked off their smoking hot medley by making his way through the audience singing his solo hit “Jealous.” His newly-married brother Joe Jonas followed singing his DNCE hit “Cake By The Ocean” before they both joined Kevin on stage to crush a performance of their chart-topping hit “Sucker.”
Nick kissed his bride, Pryanka Chopra, before hitting the stage and three of the Jonas ladies served as the most adorable swooning fans in the audience. Kevin rocked his electric guitar while doing some fast spins and the stage was literally lit up in flames around them. The fans screamed and thundered applause as the Jonas Brothers performed what is easily one of the most memorable moments of the night.
There couldn’t have been a more sensational show opener than the rainbow-colored, upbeat performance Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie delivered of their new single “ME!” True to T-Swift form, it was a huge, full-scale production, complete with a marching band, Brendon Urie flying in on an umbrella, a group of aerialists on umbrellas, dancers, pouring down rain and more. Plus, Swift and Urie moved in perfect sync with each other and sat side-by-side on a suspended swing at the end. The song was bouncy, empowering, and pure BBMA fun. And yes, we also loved watching Taylor chair dance in the audience throughout the night!
Mariah Carey received this year’s ICON Award because she’s a living music legend. Her vocals are unparalleled, and she’s hit multiple chart milestones. Last night, she slayed a medley of her biggest hits including “A No No,” “Always Be My Baby,” “Emotions,” and “Hero.”
Carey has won an impressive 15 Billboard Music Awards. The New York native singer-songwriter was humble, gracious and inspiring in her ICON Award acceptance speech. She kicked it off by wishing her kids (who turned eight and were watching in the audience) a happy birthday.
She also noted she doesn’t really think of herself as an icon. She said she started making music out of a necessity to survive, express herself, and “feel worthy of existing.” She credited God for teaching her “anything is possible” and even joked about her ups and downs and past mistakes.
Toward the end, Carey addressed her fans and other people who have struggled. She said, “And to anyone who doesn't allow themselves to be broken and keeps getting up and keeps holding on and keeps standing tall and keep on believe, I celebrate you tonight. And to anyone who's ever told me a song I wrote helped save their life, I thank you because you saved mine and I'll be eternally grateful. Thank you.” Carey's heartfelt speech and amazing performance earned our pick as the No. 1 moment of the night.