We round up the highlights of this year’s Billboard accolade evening.
At the crack of dawn, we’re completing our routine scrolling through Twitter, and it was almost impossible to escape the buzz of last night’s Billboard Music Awards. From Doja Cat’s gold-plated nipple covers to pulse-raising performances from Megan Thee Stallion and Latto, the timeline was set alight with countless iconic moments, red carpet appearances and history-making awards.
For those who might have missed the live event, we have decided to round up our personal highlights of the evening. So to view Olivia Rodrigo’s sweepstake and some adorable attendees, head below now…
Olivia Rodrigo left no crumbs behind
Since the dawn of TikTok’s ascendency, there has been one characteristic that remains constant throughout the carousel of trends: the sweet and sombre tracks of Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour. So, we were not at all surprised to see Rodrigo and her album taking home seven trophies from the evening — subsequently marking the most successful showings of a new artist in BBMA history. Good 4 u, Olivia.
Drake was our Top Artist, again
With Drake’s music being largely responsible for moulding most of our personalities, it is safe to say his third win of Top Artist was more than well deserved. Making it a day of record-extending, he also won Top Rap Artist for a fourth time and Top Rap Album for a third time with his latest effort, Certified Lover Boy.
Taylor Swift reclaimed her title as our favourite country girl
Swifties worldwide last night were finally paid some overdue justice, with Taylor reclaiming her title as Top Country Artist — a status that she has not had since 2013. Also winning Top Billboard 200 Artist for the fifth time, her latest album Red (Taylor’s Version) won Top Country Album — an accolade first achieved by the original effort, Red, in 2013.
Ye was the highest awarded artist of the evening
Ye might have gone through a hefty rebranding, but it would appear his music has stayed as powerful and hype-raising as ever as he took home a total of six awards — the most achieved by a male artist this year. Making a clean sweep across gospel and Christian categories, it’s safe to say Ye is steadfast in his ongoing mission to take us to church.
Doja Cat does it for the fashion girlies
No award ceremony is complete without a red carpet, and the shining moment for us was delivered by none other than Doja Cat, obviously. With a scooped and spikey silhouette, some Madonna-inspired nipple plates and some EAR-rings, Doja once again made us forget all about the music, allowing our fashion inspo to run wild.
Stormi became the cutest +1 we’ve ever seen
Of all the possible guests we were hoping to witness on this year’s red carpet, Stormi really stole the show. We would say more, but needless to say, there is no room for argument on the matter.
Megan Thee Stallion and Latto delivered the heat
Finally, no BBMA would be complete without some noteworthy performances. This year, it was a feast of female empowerment, with Megan Thee Stallion and Latto spilling all the attitude onto the main stage. While Megan sent crowds into a frenzy with “Plan B” and “Sweetest Pie”, Latto blessed us with “Big Energy”. Elsewhere, we also saw explosive acts from Ed Sheeran, Travis Scott and Silk Sonic — making for one of the most groove-heavy itineraries of BBMA history.