Hollywood Stars Celebrate The Power of Music at Billboard Music Awards 2021

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We’re feeling pretty HollyGOOD after watching last night’s Billboard Music Awards!

Nick Jonas hosted the BBMAs Sunday night from LA Live in Los Angeles. The star-studded awards ceremony featured live performances and honored music’s biggest names. Presenters included Hollywood stars Kenan Thompson, Gabrielle Union, Chelsea Handler, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., and Priyanka Chopra Jonas. 

Hollywood stars celebrate: Most memorable performances of the night

DJ Khaled opened the show with Migos and H.E.R. performing “WE GOING CRAZY” from the producer’s latest album Khaled Khaled. The performance featured a full band and pyrotechnics lighting up the stage. DJ Khaled was energetic as ever, hyping the crowd up and getting the audience ready for one of music’s biggest nights. 

Doja Cat and SZA gave a fierce performance of their hit single “Kiss Me More.” After having this song on repeat for weeks, it was exhilarating to see the pair bring the song to life on stage. It’s clear that this act was a crowd favorite, as it currently holds the no. 4 spot on Youtube’s trending page. 

Artists Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis presented a performance from The Sounds of Blackness, a Minnesota-based music ensemble. The group gave a beautiful performance from Minneapolis celebrating the city and remembering the hardships that its people have faced in the past year. 

K-pop group BTS performed their new song “Butter” from Seol. They danced and sang on what looked like a film set before it transformed, placing them on a red carpet. BTS performed in sync and perfect harmony, showcasing why they are adored globally. 

The Weeknd performed his hit song “Save Your Tears” from a parking lot, giving a unique performance as always. The 16-award nominee rode in a red convertible followed by a parade of identical cars while singing in a long, dark jacket. He exited the car, pacing the lot while surrounded by moving tractor-trailers. The performance ended with the vehicles circling The Weeknd.

Duran Duran made their Billboard Music Awards debut with an electrifying performance “Hungry Like The Wolf,” “Notorious,” and their new single “Invisible” from their upcoming album Future Past which is set to be released October 22. 

The night ended with a performance from Marshmello and the Jonas Brothers of their new single “Leave Before You Love Me.” The band also surprised the crowd with their hits “Sucker,” “Only Human,” and “What a Man Gotta Do,” and a teaser of their new song “Remember This.” This performance comes off the heels of their “Remember This Tour” announcement. 

Hollywood stars celebrate: Alicia Keys celebrates debut album

Alicia Keys gave a performance celebrating her debut album Songs in A Minor which was released June 5, 2001. She played the piano and sang a medley of “Piano & I,” “A Woman’s Worth,” “How Come You Don’t Call Me” and her hit song “Fallin.’” Former First Lady Michelle Obama applauded Alicia Keys for her artistry and philanthropy. 

Hollywood stars celebrate: biggest winners and best acceptance speeches 

The Weeknd took home a number of awards Sunday night including Top Hot 100 Artist and Top Hot 100 Song for “Blinding Lights.” In his acceptance speech for Top Hot 100 artist, he thanked his fellow nominees for bringing light with their music during such a dark year. The Weeknd later thanked his parents and fans saying that he does not take any of his success for granted. 

BTS also won big, clutching the awards for Top Selling Song for “Dynamite,” Top Song Sales Artist, and Top Duo/ Group. It was also the group’s fifth year in a row winning the fan-voted award for Top Social Artist. 

Tina Knowles-Lawson presented rapper and celebrity activist Trae tha Truth with the Change Maker Award, saying that he has a “heart the size of Texas.” Trae tha Truth co-founded an organization that aided in relief for Hurricane Harvey called Angel By Nature. He said, “It’s important to change people’s lives… and it’s important to change things that weren’t designed for our best interest.” He said that the award is for Houston and called for justice for Breonna Taylor. 

Machine Gun Kelly won the title of Top Rock Artist. He said that this was the first stage he’s ever been invited to accept an award. He advised dreamers to “suspend logic and invite magic,” and to “show the universe that it can’t take a dream from you.  MGK attended the awards ceremony with Megan Fox and the pair stunned with their style and PDA on the red carpet. 

The late rapper Pop Smoke won the Top Billboard 200 Album Award for his Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon. His mother Audrey Jackson accepted the award on his behalf. She thanked his fans “for honoring the life and spirit of [her] son so much that he continues to manifest as if he were here in the flesh. She said that Pop Smoke made music to inspire teens at home to carve their own paths. Although he has passed, his memory lives on through his music. 

Beloved rapper Drake was awarded with the Artist of the Decade award (we have all the deets here)

P!nk honored with Icon Award

Jon Bon Jovi presented P!nk with the Billboard Icon Award, saying that “she broke the mold and redefined the concept of a pop star, singer, songwriter, and artist making her own kind of music.”

P!nk’s performance included a stunning aerial act with her 9-year-old daughter Willow. P!nk performed a number of her career hits including “All I Know So Far,” “So What,” “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” “Who Knew,” “Just Like A Pill,” and “Just Give Me A Reason.”

P!nk thanked her fans, saying that it is an absolute honor to receive this award. She encouraged viewers to “Dream big because what if it comes true.” P!nk’s music has transcended through multiple eras of music, touching music listeners of all ages and earning her this well-deserved icon status. 

You can view a full list of this year’s Billboard Music Award Winners here and check out our favorite red carpet looks here

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