RECAP: Taylor Swift Dominates Billboard Music Awards, One Direction Thanks Zayn

Taylor Swift led the Billboard Music Awards with eight awards followed by Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea and Pharrell.

WRITTEN BY: Adrianna Velazquez
Image Source: Instagram // Taylor Swift

The 2015 Billboard Music Awards hosted by Chrissy Teigen and  Ludacris provided a night full of honors and entertainment at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas with some amazing collaborations from Chris Brown and Pitbull, Faith Hill and Little Big Town, as well as Wiz Khalifa and Fall Out Boy who will be heading out on the Boys of Zummer tour this summer.

Perhaps one of the most noteworthy collaborative performances of the night was Nicki Minaj and David Guetta. Nicki first performed her song “The Night Is Still Young”  before joining the French DJ and delivering a remarkable performance of their latest hit “Hey Mama.”

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea delivered their TV debut of their song “Pretty Girls” while Tori Kelly stole the spotlight with a buzzworthy performance of her rising single, “Nobody Love” as Kia’s One to Watch artist. Kelly’s performance earned praise and recognition from John Legend who claimed her delivery the best vocal performance of the night. Kelly also received praise from none other than Ed Sheeran who

Taylor Swift swept the award show with eight awards by the end of the night including top artist, top Billboard 200 artist, top Hot 100 artists and top streaming song. Following Swift was Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea and Pharrell who each took home three awards. One Direction, Jason Aldean, Enrique Iglesias and John Legend wrapped up the night with two awards each.

Swift delivered an acceptance speech for top female artist and thanked all the fans she talks to on the Internet whom she praised for keeping her up to date on teen slang. Swift also debuted her star-studded music video for “Bad Blood” and confirmed Calvin Harris dating rumors with several embraces throughout the night.

Despite the online drama following Zayn Malik’s departure from One Direction, the quartet took the stage to accept two awards including top duo/group and top touring artist. The guys thanked Directioners and ex-bandmate Zayn during their acceptance speech.

Sam Smith was unable to perform due to a vocal hemorrhage but gracefully accepted his awards with cue cards.

Kendall and Kylie Jenner took the stage to introduce Kanye West before delivering a heavily censored performance of “All Day” where he was hidden behind smoke and pyrotechnics. Kendall and Kylie were faced with loud boos from the crowd which continued following West’s silenced performance.

For a full list of winners from the 2015 Billboard Music Awards click here.

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