Drake poses with the awards for Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album for “Scorpion,” Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Male Artist in the press room during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 01, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Did you count the overall wins at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards? Breaking the previous record of most all-time Billboard Music Awards wins, Drake claimed 12 awards including Top Artist, bringing his total to 27, now the most of any artist ever!

Airing on May 1 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on NBC, the 2019 Billboard Music Awards opened with a spectacular world premiere performance by Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie. Their performance of “Me!” included a drum line, aerialists and flying umbrellas.

Then, host Kelly Clarkson sang a medley of top hits. Her hilarious opening monologue was filled with special surprise guests, hitting a range of musical notes. Later in the night, Clarkson sang “Broken and Beautiful” from the new family movie “Ugly Dolls.”

Cardi B and Offset of Migos attend the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for dcp)

Cardi B followed Drake for most wins of the night including Top Rap Female Artist, Top Hot 100 Song, Top Selling Song, Top Radio Song, Top Collaboration and Top Rap Song. Her “Girls Like You” collaborators, Maroon 5, took home four awards including Top Hot 100 Song, Top Selling Song, Top Radio Song, and Top Collaboration.

Along with Cardi B and Drake, other multi-category winners include Ella Mai (Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Female Artist, Top R&B Song), Ozuna (Top Latin Artist, Top Latin Album, Top Latin Song), Luke Combs (Top Country Artist, Top Country Male Artist, Top Country Album), Bad Bunny (Top Rap Song, Top Latin Song), Panic! At the Disco (Top Rock Album, Top Rock Song), Beyoncé (Top R&B Tour, Top Rap Tour), Jay-Z (Top R&B Tour, Top Rap Tour), BTS (Top Duo/Group, Top Social Artist), and The Chainsmokers (Top Dance/Electronic Artist, Top Dance/Electronic Album).

Lauren Daigle was the only artist to sweep every category she was nominated for: Top Christian Artist, Top Christian Album and Top Christian Song.

The two fan-voted award winners were BTS for Top Social Artist and Ariana Grande for Billboard Chart Achievement Award.

Memorable Moments: Madonna, Mariah and More

Some music fans think that the most memorable performance was Madonna and Maluma singing “Medellin,” with augmented reality technology.

ICON Award recipient Mariah Carey, showed her signature range in a medley of the diva’s greatest hits. They included “A No No,” “Always Be My Baby,” “Emotions,” “We Belong Together” and “Hero.”

Additional performances throughout the night included performances from K-Pop sensation BTS with Halsey, Ariana Grande, Ciara and The Jonas Brothers. Soulful tunes from Khalid Dan + Shay with Tori Kelly and Lauren Daigle stirred up emotions during the sizzling awards show.

Both Halsey and Panic! At the Disco took the stage twice during solo and in collaborative performances with BTS and Taylor Swift, respectively.

Paula Abdul performs onstage during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for dcp)

Paula Abdul closed the show with a nostalgic performance, her first at an awards show in 29 years. Some of her biggest hits including “Straight Up,” “Way That You Love Me,” “Vibeology,” “Opposites Attract,” “Cold Hearted” and “Forever Your Girl.” Paula Abdul fans were thrilled as she proved that she still has the moves 30 years after her debut album.

Presenters throughout the evening included Asher Angel, Becky G, Chrissy Metz & Justin Hartley, Cobie Smulders, Dave Bautista & Kumail Nanjiani, David Guetta, Erin & Sara Foster, Eva Longoria, Florida Georgia Line, Jennifer Hudson, Jesse Spencer, Julia Michaels, Julianne Hough, Kane Brown, Olivia Wilde, Beanie Feldstein & Kaitlyn Dever, Ralph Macchio, Rob Gronkowski, Ross Lynch & Kiernan Shipka, Sabrina Carpenter, Sophie Turner & Tye Sheridan, Terry Crews, and William Zabka.

Favorites From the 2019 Billboard Music Awards

Who were your favorite winners and performers from the 2019 Billboard Music Awards? What were some of the best moments during this year’s show, and why? Post your comments on Artsphoria International Magazine now!


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Andrea Karen Hammer is the founder, director and owner of Artsphoria Events & Media Group ( Artsphoria International Magazine (; Artsphoria Movie Reviews & Film Forum (; Artsphoria: Arts, Business & Technology Center (; Artsphoria Event Planning, Management & Reporting (; Artsphoria: Food for the Soul (; and Artsphoria Animation & Imagination World ( She is a Philadelphia-based freelance writer who has published articles in international publications.

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