Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar win big at the #BBMAs

Kendrick Lamar. Credit: Getty Credit: Getty

Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, and Kendrick Lamar were among the big winners at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 20.

Ed, 27, wasn’t able to make it to the glitzy ceremony at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, but that didn’t stop him from scooping up the coveted Top Artist accolade, as well as Top Male Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, and Top Radio Song for his hit ‘Shape of You’.

The ‘Castle on the Hill’ hitmaker managed to beat his close pal Taylor, 28, for the Top Artist gong, but she still won big on the night, scooping up the trophies for Top Female Artist, and Top Selling Album for ‘Reputation’.

Kendrick Lamar also came out on top as he tied with Ed’s six wins, in mostly non-televised categories. The rapper was awarded Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Male Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, Top Streaming Song (Audio) for hit single ‘Humble’, and both Top Rap Album and Top Billboard 200 Album for ‘DAMN’.

Elsewhere in the evening, the Billboard Chart Achievement Award was picked up by Camila Cabello, whilst Imagine Dragons won Top Duo/Group and Drake was handed the Top Billboard 200 Artist gong.

Korean pop group BTS beat off stiff competition from the likes of Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande to be the recipients of the Top Social Artist award – which was voted for by fans on Twitter – and Bruno Mars was declared the Top R&B Artist.

Janet Jackson accepted the ICON Award for her services to music, as she also took to the stage for her first televised performance in nine years.

See #BBMAs highlights below.

Ariana Grande showcasing her pipes


them vocals, she did THAT ♡ forever making me proud

Crowd goes wild for South Korean group BTS



RT TO SAVE A LIFE since we got our beautiful fansitenims doing God’s work while bbmas did (no?) work: pic.twitter.com/UdHm1i4rhI@BTS_twt

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Darren Criss jokes about Camila Cabello and Taylor Swift blocking his view at the 😂: “I’m trying to watch Shawn Mendes!”

Xtina and Demi Lovato KILLING IT!

Demi Lovato Tell Me You Love Me Tour News@DemiTourCentral

Dreams do come true. Watch Demi perform ‘Fall In Line’ with @xtina at the !

2018 Billboard Music Award winners abridged list:

ICON Award
Janet Jackson

Top Artist
Ed Sheeran

Top New Artist

Billboard Chart Achievement Award
Camila Cabello

Top Male Artist
Ed Sheeran

Top Female Artist
Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group
Imagine Dragons

Top Billboard 200 Artist

Top Hot 100 Artist
Ed Sheeran

Top Social Artist

Top R&B Artist
Bruno Mars

Top Rap Artist
Kendrick Lamar

Top Country Artist
Chris Stapleton

Top Rock Artist
Imagine Dragons

Top Billboard 200 Album
‘DAMN.’ – Kendrick Lamar

Top Selling Album
‘Reputation’ – Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Song
‘Despacito’ – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber

Top Selling Song
‘Despacito’ – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber

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