Los Angeles: Travis Scott and Morgan Wallen made controversial performances on the Billboard Music Awards stage on Sunday, while Mary J. Blige was honored for her musical excellence.
Wallen performed in his first major awards show after being filmed using a racial slur. After receiving no verbal introductions, the country star sat down alongside her four-piece band and performed “Don’t Think Jesus,” followed by her hit single “Wasted on You,” a single by her popular project “Dangerous: The Double Album”. ”
Shortly after his performance, rapper Pusha T presented Wallen with the award for Best Country Artist.
“I mean, thank God.” And thank you to my fans. I have the best fucking fans,” said Wallen, who acknowledged his mother for accompanying him as his show date. He also thanked Billboard for inviting him. He did not mention the incident. from last year, which once found the disgraced singer chastised by the music industry.
“Thank you to my baby boy,” he continued. “You inspire me every day.”
Shortly after filming Wallen, Scott gave his first TV performance since a massive mob killed 10 people and injured thousands at his Astroworld festival in Houston in November last year. The rapper performed his single “Mafia” in a chilling polar-themed pre-recorded set that was heavily censored.
Mary J. Blige received the Icon Award for being an influential music maker. The singer, known as the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, was presented with the Janet Jackson Award and escorted on stage by Sean “Diddy” Combs – who hosted the show, which was broadcast live from the MGM Grand Arena from Vegas.
Blige said she was in a “dream right now” after receiving the honor. She explained that the journey to becoming an icon was not an easy one during her illustrious career.
“I’ve been on this journey for a long time, a journey that hasn’t always looked like the way you see me now,” she said. “One that’s filled with a lot of heartache and pain, but God helped me channel those experiences and emotions into my music, that’s where I started in music.”
Previously, Drake was named Best Artist, Male Artist, Rap Artist, Male Rap Artist, and Rap Album for “Certified Lover Boy.” The rapper extended his record as the most decorated winner in awards show history with 34 wins.
Olivia Rodrigo and Kanye West, aka Ye, won the most awards with six in an untelevised ceremony. Rodrigo received the award for Best New Artist.
Ye made his mark in faith-based categories – again: The rapper won top Christian artist for the first time, but he won top gospel artist and gospel song for the third year in a row. It also received Best Gospel Album for the second time.
Kid LAROI became a winner for the first time, racking up five wins for his song “Stay” with Justin Bieber – whose Billboard Music Award win count rose to 26.
Doja Cat walked away with four prizes. She won Top R&B Artist and Top R&B Female Artist for the second year in a row, as well as Best R&B Album and Top Female Artist.
Taylor Swift – who has won the second most awards with 29 – won four awards. Bad Bunny picked up two wins while R&B duo Silk Sonic, consisting of Bruno Mars and Anderson. Paak, won his first-ever award for Best R&B Song for “Leave the Door Open.”
Becky G, who released the album “Esquemas” on Friday, performed her hit song “MAMIII,” which topped Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart. Ed Sheeran delivered a performance remotely from Northern Ireland, where he is on tour.
Other performers who took to the stage included Miranda Lambert, Meghan Thee Stallion and Grammy darlings Silk Sonic.
Nominees are determined by Billboard chart rankings, and winners are selected based on several criteria, including their digital album and song sales, airplay and streaming success, and touring.
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