Billboard Music Awards 2019: Chart-topping winners announced

Big winner! Cardi B, 26, picked up the Top Rap Song trophy for her hit I Like It during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Wednesday

The 2019 Billboard Music Awards brought out a bevy of superstars to the the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

And Cardi B picked up the Top Rap Song trophy for her hit I Like It from presenters Rob Gronkowski and Terry Crews as she took to the stage in a shimmering silver ensemble.

‘Wait a minute.. let me finish my speech god d*mmit,’ the 26-year-old rapper joked to the enthusiastic crowd. ‘My fashion collection is coming… so I got you looking good. And new music is on it’s way!’

Big winner! Cardi B, 26, picked up the Top Rap Song trophy for her hit I Like It during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Wednesday

Big winner! Cardi B, 26, picked up the Top Rap Song trophy for her hit I Like It during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Wednesday

‘People need to hear this. I remember when I first hit the billboard at 85 with Bodak Yellow. I still celebrate the same way with every billboard hit,’ she added.

And she wasn’t finished collecting her gongs as the mother-of-one also took home Top Hot 100 Song for her collaboration with Maroon 5 on Girl Like You.

‘I remember when Maroon 5 first hit me up I was like… dude I’m five months pregnant!’ quipped the style icon in an eye-popping purple mini dress.

Taylor Swift kicked off the annual celebration of the best and brightest in the music industry by performing her new song ME!.

New fashion and music! 'Wait a minute.. let me finish my speech god d*mmit,' the rapper joked to the enthusiastic crowd. 'My fashion collection is coming... so I got you looking good. And new music is on it's way!'

New fashion and music! ‘Wait a minute.. let me finish my speech god d*mmit,’ the rapper joked to the enthusiastic crowd. ‘My fashion collection is coming… so I got you looking good. And new music is on it’s way!’

Not done yet: She wasn't finished collecting her gongs as the mother-of-one also took home Top Hot 100 Song for her collaboration with Maroon 5 on Girl Like You

Not done yet: She wasn’t finished collecting her gongs as the mother-of-one also took home Top Hot 100 Song for her collaboration with Maroon 5 on Girl Like You

The pop sensation, 29, rocked a sparkling rainbow ensemble as she was joined onstage by Panic At The Disco front man Brendon Urie and a cavalcade of back-up dancers spinning in the air with umbrellas.

And Taylor could continue her run as the most decorated winner in the show’s history.

Though she hasn’t had an album since 2017’s Reputation, the 23-time Billboard winner is also nominated for the Top Female Artist and Top Touring Artist awards tonight.

Shimmering goddess: Cardi B showed off her famous curves in a revealing gown that featured a plunging neckline and thigh high slit
Shimmering goddess: Cardi B showed off her famous curves in a revealing gown that featured a plunging neckline and thigh high slit

Shimmering goddess: Cardi B showed off her famous curves in a revealing gown that featured a plunging neckline and thigh high slit

Still the same old girl: 'People need to hear this. I remember when I first hit the billboard at 85 with Bodak Yellow. I still celebrate the same way with every billboard hit,' she added

Still the same old girl: ‘People need to hear this. I remember when I first hit the billboard at 85 with Bodak Yellow. I still celebrate the same way with every billboard hit,’ she added

Make 'em laugh! 'I remember when Maroon 5 first hit me up I was like... dude I'm five months pregnant!' joked the star in an eye-popping purple mini dress
Make 'em laugh! 'I remember when Maroon 5 first hit me up I was like... dude I'm five months pregnant!' joked the star in an eye-popping purple mini dress

Make ’em laugh! ‘I remember when Maroon 5 first hit me up I was like… dude I’m five months pregnant!’ joked the star in an eye-popping purple mini dress

Cover girl: Cardi B flaunted her fabulous figure in the bejeweled number that boasted a high-cut hemline

Cover girl: Cardi B flaunted her fabulous figure in the bejeweled number that boasted a high-cut hemline

Kelly Clarkson – hosting for the second year in a row – followed Taylor’s pastel-soaked performance with a medley of the top hits from the past year.

The first award of the evening was Top R&B presented to Ella Mae which was followed by a erotic performance by Halsey with her song Without Me.

Top Billboard 200 Album went to Drake for Scorpio. The rapper thanked everyone who ‘contributed on this album’ as it was a ‘lengthy album’. ‘I need a glass of champagne. Shout out to Arya Stark for putting in the work last week.’ he said referencing Game Of Thrones.

Kick-off: Taylor Swift, 29, kicked off the 2019 Billboard Music Awards by performing her new song ME!

Kick-off: Taylor Swift, 29, kicked off the 2019 Billboard Music Awards by performing her new song ME!

Pop of color: The pop sensation rocked a sparkling rainbow ensemble as she was joined onstage by Panic At The Disco front man Brendon Urie

Pop of color: The pop sensation rocked a sparkling rainbow ensemble as she was joined onstage by Panic At The Disco front man Brendon Urie

Pastel-soaked: Taylor and her crew wore pastel much like the video for the hit single

Pastel-soaked: Taylor and her crew wore pastel much like the video for the hit single

Rainbow power: Taylor looked incredible as she gave a leggy display for the audience
Rainbow power: Taylor looked incredible as she gave a leggy display for the audience

Rainbow power: Taylor looked incredible as she gave a leggy display for the audience

Flying back-up dancers: A cavalcade of back-up dancers spinning in the air with umbrellas

Flying back-up dancers: A cavalcade of back-up dancers spinning in the air with umbrellas

Top Rock Artist went to Imagine Dragons as the lead singer Dan Reynolds took to the stage to advocate for LGBTQ youth and the prevention of suicide.

Ciara showed off her incredible dancing abilities as she took the stage to perform a new single from her upcoming album Beauty Marks. Her last studio album was Jackie in 2015.

Drake accepted Top Billboard 200 Award as he referenced Game Of Thrones during his speech: ‘Shout out to Arya Stark for putting in the work last week’

Back again! Kelly Clarkson - hosting for the second year in a row - followed Taylor's pastel-soaked performance with a medley of the top hits from the past year

Back again! Kelly Clarkson – hosting for the second year in a row – followed Taylor’s pastel-soaked performance with a medley of the top hits from the past year

Belting it out: Kelly was surrounded by a gaggle of good-looking back-up dancers

Belting it out: Kelly was surrounded by a gaggle of good-looking back-up dancers

Sophie Turner and Tye Sheridan – who star in the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix – presented Top New Artist to Juice Wrld.

‘It’s crazy all the stuff that can happen in a year. I just want to thank god and all my fans,’ said Juice Wrld.

The Jonas Brothers reunited at the Billboard Music Awards after a nearly six-year break by celebrating their solo work and their new single together.

Sensual performance: Halsey gave an erotic rendition of her hit Without Me with a female back-up dancer

Sensual performance: Halsey gave an erotic rendition of her hit Without Me with a female back-up dancer

Hell for leather: The pop star rocked a red leather bodysuit that cut high on her thigh

Hell for leather: The pop star rocked a red leather bodysuit that cut high on her thigh

Nick Jonas kicked off their performance with his solo song Jealous and was joined by his brother Joe for a version of DNCE’s Cake By the Ocean. Brother Kevin came out for a fiery performance of their new single Sucker.

The trio, who also just announced a new tour, had the crowd on their feet dancing and screaming along.

Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley of This Is Us presented for the second year in a row as they gave out the Top Duo/Group to K-pop superstars BTS.

Dance skills: Ciara showed off her incredible dancing abilities as she took the stage to perform a new single from her upcoming album Beauty Marks. Her last studio album was Jackie in 2015.

Dance skills: Ciara showed off her incredible dancing abilities as she took the stage to perform a new single from her upcoming album Beauty Marks. Her last studio album was Jackie in 2015.

Flaunt it: Ciara flaunted her flawless figure in a revealing pin striped suit
Flaunt it: Ciara flaunted her flawless figure in a revealing pin striped suit

Flaunt it: Ciara flaunted her flawless figure in a revealing pin striped suit

The seven young lads gathered on stage and were surprised by the win: ‘We are still the same boys from six years ago. We still have the same dreams.’

Khalid – who won Top New Artist last year – gave a colorful performance with an intense light show.

Top Male Artist went to Drake as he won the second gong of the night. ‘This one means a lot to me cause it’s an artist award,’ he said.

Fire it up! The Jonas Brothers serenaded the crowd with their new hit Sucker on a flame-engulfed stage

Fire it up! The Jonas Brothers serenaded the crowd with their new hit Sucker on a flame-engulfed stage

Solo: But they started the performance with an entertaining medley of their solo projects with Jealous by Nick and Cake By The Ocean by Joe's band DNCE

Solo: But they started the performance with an entertaining medley of their solo projects with Jealous by Nick and Cake By The Ocean by Joe’s band DNCE

The Jonas sisters! Priyanka Chopra sat next to her husband Nick as Sophie Turner held hands with her fiance Joe
The Jonas sisters! Priyanka Chopra sat next to her husband Nick as Sophie Turner held hands with her fiance Joe

The Jonas sisters! Priyanka Chopra sat next to her husband Nick as Sophie Turner held hands with her fiance Joe

Ashley Graham rocked a showstopping number as she introduced Ariana Grande who offered a rendition of her favorite 7 Rings, which was pre-recorded from the Sweetener World Tour at Rogers Arena in Vancouver

Madonna brought virtual versions of herself to the Billboard Music Awards as she performed with Colombian singer Maluma.

The two singers danced together in real life to the Latin-flavored collaboration, but also with holograms of Madonna in different outfits for a performance of their song Medellin.

Daring duo: Madonna performed Medellin with Colombian singer Maluma

Daring duo: Madonna performed Medellin with Colombian singer Maluma

Seeing double: Madonna brought virtual versions of herself to dance on stage

Seeing double: Madonna brought virtual versions of herself to dance on stage

Lavish: The star reportedly shelled out $5 million of her own money for the lavish performance

Lavish: The star reportedly shelled out $5 million of her own money for the lavish performance

The star reportedly shelled out $5 million of her own money for the lavish performance, according to TMZ.

Lauren Daigle was featured as a break out artist as she gave a rousing rendition of her song You Say.

Pop star Mariah Carey demonstrated her icon status at the Billboard Music Awards with a medley of her hits across the decades and showed off her five-octave range.

Icon: Superstar Mariah Carey was honored with the Billboard Icon Award as she sang her classics Always Be My Baby and new track A No No

Icon: Superstar Mariah Carey was honored with the Billboard Icon Award as she sang her classics Always Be My Baby and new track A No No

Humble: 'Happy Birthday to my babies,' the superstar said as she pointed to 8-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe in the audience. 'I don't really consider myself an icon,' she added
Humble: 'Happy Birthday to my babies,' the superstar said as she pointed to 8-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe in the audience. 'I don't really consider myself an icon,' she added

Humble: ‘Happy Birthday to my babies,’ the superstar said as she pointed to 8-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe in the audience. ‘I don’t really consider myself an icon,’ she added

Covering hits like Always Be My Baby, Emotions, ‘We Belong Together, and Hero, fans at the MGM Grand Arena waved their arms in the air and sang along with the global star, who accepted the ceremony’s Icon Award.

‘Happy Birthday to my babies,’ the superstar said as she pointed to 8-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe in the audience.

‘Icon? I really don’t think of myself that way. I started making music out of a necessity to survive and to express myself and I just wanted to create something so I could feel worthy of existing,’ she added.

Powerful voice: Kelly performed a new song from her animated film UglyDolls

Powerful voice: Kelly performed a new song from her animated film UglyDolls

Pretty in pink: Kelly had a few wardrobe changes and one included a beautiful cold-shoulder pink gown
Pretty in pink: Kelly had a few wardrobe changes and one included a beautiful cold-shoulder pink gown

Pretty in pink: Kelly had a few wardrobe changes and one included a beautiful cold-shoulder pink gown

‘Without getting into all the drama, all the ups and downs of my career … I guess I always felt like an outsider, someone who doesn’t quite belong anywhere, and I still feel like that lost interracial child who had a lot of nerve to believe I could succeed at anything at all in this world. But, and this is the truth, I did believe because I had to. The truth is I dedicated my life to my music — my saving grace — and to my fans.’

Top Country Song went to Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line for Meant To Be. Kelly followed as she performed a new song from her animated film UglyDolls.

Top Rock Song went to Panic! At The Disco for High Hopes as lead singer Brendon Urie thanked his parents who were in the audience.

Forever our girl: Dancer and singer Paula Abdul has brought out her tap shoes to close out the Billboard Music Awards with a performance of songs from her debut 1988 album Forever Your Girl

Forever our girl: Dancer and singer Paula Abdul has brought out her tap shoes to close out the Billboard Music Awards with a performance of songs from her debut 1988 album Forever Your Girl

Fan favorites: Paula, 56, defied her age by dancing up a storm during a riveting performance of her hits including Straight Up, Forever Your Girl, and The Way That You Love Me
Fan favorites: Paula, 56, defied her age by dancing up a storm during a riveting performance of her hits including Straight Up, Forever Your Girl, and The Way That You Love Me

Fan favorites: Paula, 56, defied her age by dancing up a storm during a riveting performance of her hits including Straight Up, Forever Your Girl, and The Way That You Love Me

Still got it! Paula proved she still has the moves, leading host Kelly to declare 'that was insane'

Still got it! Paula proved she still has the moves, leading host Kelly to declare ‘that was insane’

BTS and Halsey shut down the arena with a choreographed spectacle for their collaboration Boy With Luv.

Drake took home his third trophy with Billboard Top Artist as he said: ‘I want to thank my mom for all the times you drove me to piano. All the times you drove me to basketball and hockey, that clearly didn’t work out.

‘All the times you drove me to Degrassi. No matter how long it took me to figure out what I wanted to do, you were always there to give me a ride, and now we’re on one hell of ride,’ he exclaimed.

Leggy ladies: Cobie Smulders and Eva Longoria stunned in revealing frilly frocks

Co-stars: Sophie Turner and Tye Sheridan - who star in the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix - presented Top New Artist to Juice Wrld

Co-stars: Sophie Turner and Tye Sheridan – who star in the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix – presented Top New Artist to Juice Wrld

Boys club: Rob Gronlowski and Terry Crews presented Top Rap Song as Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani gave Top Billboard 200 Album
Boys club: Rob Gronlowski and Terry Crews presented Top Rap Song as Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani gave Top Billboard 200 Album

Boys club: Rob Gronlowski and Terry Crews presented Top Rap Song as Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani gave Top Billboard 200 Album

Attractive actors: Jesse Spencer and Julianne Hough took to the stage in fashion forward looks

Attractive actors: Jesse Spencer and Julianne Hough took to the stage in fashion forward looks

Glamour girls: Kaitlyn Dever, Olivia Wilde and Beanie Feldstein present the award for Top R&B Artist

Glamour girls: Kaitlyn Dever, Olivia Wilde and Beanie Feldstein present the award for Top R&B Artist

Flawless: Jennifer Hudson looked flawless as she presented the Icon Award to Mariah

Flawless: Jennifer Hudson looked flawless as she presented the Icon Award to Mariah

Dancer and singer Paula Abdul has brought out her tap shoes to close out the Billboard Music Awards with a performance of songs from her debut 1988 album Forever Your Girl.

Paula, 56, defied her age by dancing up a storm during a riveting performance of her hits including Straight Up, Forever Your Girl, and The Way That You Love Me.

And MC Skat Kat made a surprise appearance as the animated character was a vital part of her music video for Opposites Attract.

A gaggle of gongs: Cardi B posed with her gaggle of gongs backstage

A gaggle of gongs: Cardi B posed with her gaggle of gongs backstage

Sweeping up: Lauren Daigle took home three honors after she performed her hit You Say

Sweeping up: Lauren Daigle took home three honors after she performed her hit You Say

Most decorated: Drake broke the record for most Billboard awards after the historic night

Most decorated: Drake broke the record for most Billboard awards after the historic night

Besties: Halsey and Taylor had a discussion between performance sets

Besties: Halsey and Taylor had a discussion between performance sets

Super excited: Taylor was ready to give her back up singers a high five after their rousing performance of ME!

Super excited: Taylor was ready to give her back up singers a high five after their rousing performance of ME!

Lovely ladies: Kelly posed with Priyanka, Sophie, and Danielle Jonas

Lovely ladies: Kelly posed with Priyanka, Sophie, and Danielle Jonas

Family affair: Taylor , Ciara, Russell Wilson, and Future Zahir Wilburn posed for an adorable group shot

Family affair: Taylor , Ciara, Russell Wilson, and Future Zahir Wilburn posed for an adorable group shot

Paula proved she still has the moves, leading host Kelly to declare ‘that was insane.’

Presenters at the show include Jennifer Hudson, Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley of This Is Us, David Guetta, Eva Longoria, Florida Georgia Line, Kane Brown and Terry Crews.

And Kelly closed out the show by announcing Drake now holds the record for most Billboard wins.

Back stage beauty: Eva was all smiles as she made her way backstage after presenting

Back stage beauty: Eva was all smiles as she made her way backstage after presenting

Cute couple: Offset and Cardi B were dressed to the nines for the annual fete

Cute couple: Offset and Cardi B were dressed to the nines for the annual fete

Rock star style: Halsey looked every inch the rock star in her black leather and grommet inspiration

Rock star style: Halsey looked every inch the rock star in her black leather and grommet inspiration

Flashing the flesh: Offset, Cardi B, Saweetie, and Quavo gathered for a revealing group snap

Flashing the flesh: Offset, Cardi B, Saweetie, and Quavo gathered for a revealing group snap

Stunners: Paula Abdul and Julianne Hough gave leggy displays in sparkling ensembles

Stunners: Paula Abdul and Julianne Hough gave leggy displays in sparkling ensembles

K-pop wunderkinds: Top Duo/Group went to K-pop superstars BTS

K-pop wunderkinds: Top Duo/Group went to K-pop superstars BTS

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