Billboard Awards 2015: 5 talking points

18 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Billboard Music Awards 2015 winners list in full.

(Reuters) — Taylor Swift dominated the 2015 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (May 17), winning eight awards including top artist, while British soul singer Sam Smith took the honors for top male artist and new artist.Although they avoided walking the red carpet together, Taylor and Calvin sat side-by-side during the ceremony and made no attempt to hide their affection for each other. Swift, 25, one of the top-selling musical acts in the United States last year, also picked up awards for top female artist, top Billboard 200 artist and album and top hot 100 artist, among others. “This is such a good night,” Swift enthused as she collected the night’s big prize, top artist.

Then of course, there was the hotly-awaited “Bad Blood” video premiere, featuring a host of stars from Lena Dunham and Jessica Alba to Selena Gomez and Kendrick Lamar, who added a guest rap just to make it that bit cooler. Ed recently gave their romance his ‘seal of approval’, saying that Calvin, who previously dated singer Rita Ora and model Aarika Wolf earlier this year, is a ‘good guy’. It turns out the video is for a more electronic remix, with Swift playing ass-kicking alter ego Catastrophe as two girl gangs wage war on each other against a backdrop of fire. Taylor had previously vowed to remain single after being ridiculed when her brief romances with One Direction star Harry Styles and Conor Kennedy fell apart. Check it out for yourself: It was a big moment for the One Direction lads on Sunday, as they accepted their first award as a foursome for Top Group. “There’s one more person to share this with and that’s our brother Zayn,” shouted Liam, repping his former bandmate to avoid any awkwardness after those recent Twitter spats with Louis.

The British band One Direction was another multiple winner, winning top touring artist and top duo or group, while Iggy Azalea was a triple winner for top rap artist, rap song and top streaming artist. Rock band Van Halen opened the show with a throwback performance of their hit song “Panama,” while Hozier later performed his smash hit “Take Me to Church.” Other musical highlights included Kelly Clarkson’s “Invincible,” Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea who let loose with “Pretty Girls” and Nicki Minaj rapping “The Night is Still Young.” Little Big Town also teamed up with Faith Hill for their hit song, “Girl Crush.” Pharrell Williams swept the R&B categories, taking honors for song, album, and artist while Jason Aldean took the prizes for top country song and album. Billboard magazine, which covers the music industry, said the finalists were based on fan interactions with music, including album and digital sales, touring, radio airplay, streaming and interactions on social media websites and other online sites for music. Rapper Ludacris stepped up to pay tribute to “the king of blues” as a photo of King performing appeared in the background. “Although he came from humble roots in Mississippi, B.B. King became music royalty with the sound he made on his legendary guitar Lucille,” he said. “As long as we can all hear his music, the thrill will never be gone.

King” The Empire gang celebrated news there will be a second season next year by jumping onstage for an energetic rendition of some of the show’s top hits. We’re talking “You’re So Beautiful” and “Conqueror” courtesy of Jussie Smollett and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, joined by special guest Estelle. There were pyrotechnics galore for West’s closing performance of “All Day” and “Black Skinhead” but, just like at the Brit Awards in February, many TV viewers were left thinking their tellys were playing up as the rapper was censored for more than a minute.

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