Assocaited Press Host Kelly Clarkson appears on stage at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Las Vegas.
Sunday, May 20, 2018|7:07 p.m.
. An emotional Kelly Clarkson opened the 2018 Signboard Music Awards in tribute to the current school children and teachers who died in Texas, barely able to speak as she urged the audience and the world to do more to prevent deadly shootings from taking place.
Clarkson, who is hosting the show, stated she was asked to hold a moment of silence for the 10 victims who passed away Friday, but picked rather to require “a minute of action.”
” Once once again we’re grieving for more kids that have actually died … I’m so sick of moment of silences … it’s not working,” she said Sunday, practically in tears. “Mommies and daddies must be able to send their kids to school.”
The Texan and mom of four added, “I cannot think of getting that telephone call or knock on the door.”
Friday’s attack at Santa Fe High School outside Houston left eight students and 2 teachers dead.
The mood ultimately changed at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas as entertainers like Ariana Grande and Shawn Mendes hit the stage, while Taylor Swift and Khalid won awards.
Swift, who is presently on a sold-out tour, won top female artist. She thanked “all the woman artists who led the way” and also dedicated the award “to the future woman artists who just got a guitar.”
Luis Fonsi was passionate when he got leading Hot 100 tune for “Despacito,” the greatest hit of the in 2015 which also included Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber.
” Thank you, men, a lot for accepting a mainly Spanish tune,” he stated. “This heads out to my Latino bros, the immigrants … to all of those when they say ‘Speak English,’ this heads out to you.”
Prior to providing the award to Fonsi, the Chainsmokers and Halsey kept in mind Avicii, the DJ-producer who passed away last month at age 28. The Chainsmokers likewise paid tribute to Avicii when the duo won leading dance/electronic artist.
” We want to devote this award to Avicii,” said Andrew Taggart, including that the Swedish artist “influenced everyone, affected our music.”
” He will be missed,” Taggart said. “I hope you discovered peace.”
Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran connected for the most nominations with 15 each. They are up for the night’s biggest award– top artist– in addition to Swift and Drake. Lamar won 6 awards early Sunday, including leading rap artist and top 200 Billboard album for “DAMN,” which won him the Pulitzer Prize for music earlier this year.
Regardless of all the contemporary star power in the room, the night belongs to Janet Jackson.
After commemorating her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her innovative “janet.” album, Jackson will be topping off an epic week with her very first televised efficiency in 9 years at the program, where she will also get the Icon Award.
Others set to take the stage consist of Jennifer Lopez, Camila Cabello, Macklemore, Kesha, Salt-N-Pepa, En Vogue, Zedd, Maren Morris and K-pop group BTS, who made a rousing and screeching applause from fans each time the camera panned to them.
Swift and Cabello withstood sing along as Mendes sang and strummed his guitar to “In My Blood”; Normani of Fifth Harmony was strong as she performed “Love Lies” together with Khalid; Grande followed Clarkson’s psychological words with an energetic efficiency of “No Tears Delegated Cry”; and John Legend’s efficiency ended with an image of his new baby kid showed on the big screens at the arena.
Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato showcased a sense of sisterhood when they sang a duet onstage, ending the efficiency with foreheads touching.
Clarkson, who has ended up being a fan favorite as a judge on “The Voice,” informed jokes that won over the audience and sang an assortment of hit songs, consisting of Swift’s “Look Exactly what You Made Me Do,” Think of Dragons’ “Thunder” and Lamar’s “Simple.”