Tonight the Billboard Music Awards (BBMA,s) broadcasted live on NBC coast-to-coast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and live on Peacock.
The show was filled with excitement, electrifying energy, empowering and iconic moments, and overflowed with love as the Host and one of the Executive Producers, Sean “Diddy” Comb said, “It’s time to forgive.” “To have Morgan and Travis be able to come back and touch the stage again with the mindset of getting a second chance at life. Everybody in the room is getting a second chance at life, you know, because we’re back outside with no masks on. We need love, and I’m excited about celebrating that.”
Total number wins by R&B winners of the night:
- Doja Cat (4): Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Female Artist, Top R&B Album, Top Viral Song
- Bruno Mars (2): Top R&B Tour, Top R&B Song
- Anderson .Paak (1): Top R&B Song
- Justin Bieber (5): Top Hot 100 Song, Top Streaming Song, Top Collaboration, Top Billboard Global 200 Song, Top Billboard Global (Excl. U.S.) Song
- Omarion (1): Top Rap Tour
- Silk Sonic (1): Top R&B Song
- SZA (1): Top Viral Song
- The Weeknd (1): Top R&B Male Artist
Major wins for Ye and Drake each took home multiple awards:
- Ye (6): Top Christian Artist, Top Gospel Artist, Top Christian Album, Top Gospel Album, Top Christian Song, Top Gospel Song
- Drake (5): Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Male Artist, Top Rap Album
A few of the special moments and highlights included:
- Combs’s show opened with a legendary performance of “Gotta Move On” featuring Bryson Tiller, “First Class” featuring Jack Harlow, and “Mo Money Mo Problems” with his son Christan Combs and R&B artist Teyana Taylor.
- ICON Award recipient Mary J. Blige was honored by longtime friend and fellow ICON Award winner Janet Jackson.
- Fourteen-year-old activist Mari Copeny, aka “Little Miss Flint,” was honored as the third annual Billboard Music Awards Changemaker for her incredible efforts in the fight for clean water.
- Maxwell honored the late pop milestone, Michael Jackson, with a smooth rendition of “Lady In My Life” as a tribute to the 40th anniversary of Thriller.
- Engaging as ever, Top R&B Song winners Silk Sonic delivered a joyful and energetic performance of their song “Love’s Train.”
- Rapper Megan Thee Stallion heated up the stage with a memorable performance of “Plan B” and “Sweetest Pie” and received the Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Female Artist for the second year in a row.
- A winner in the new Top Billboard Global (Excl. U.S.) Artist category, Ed Sheeran showcased his global appeal with a performance of his song “2step” from Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The evening’s star-studded presenter lineup included AleXa, Anitta, Chlöe Bailey, City Girls, DJ Khaled, Dixie D’Amelio, Dove Cameron, Fat Joe, French Montana, Givēon, Heidi Klum, Janet Jackson, Lainey Wilson, Liza Koshy, Michael Bublé, Pusha T, Shenseea, Snoop Dogg, Swizz Beatz, and Teyana Taylor.
For a complete list of Winners and nominees along with more highlights and exclusive content from the show, head over to Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) billboardmusicawards.com and billboard.com/bbma. Be sure to follow the BBMAs on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, YouTube) and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #BBMAs.