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The Billboard Music Awards: All the Highlights

From a stand against gun violence to a return to the 90s, a look at the biggest moments from the night.

KELLY CLARKSON TAKES AIM AT GUNS Kevin Winter/Getty Images KELLY CLARKSON TAKES AIM AT GUNS Kelly Clarkson opened the event with a stirring tribute to those who lost their lives in the Santa Fe High School shooting: "I'm so sick of moments of silence. It's not working. Why don't we not do a moment of silence? Why don't we do a moment of action? A moment of change?" She continued, "Once again we are grieving for more kids that have died for just absolutely no reason at all." MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS STUDENT CHOIR Ethan Miller/Getty Images MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS STUDENT CHOIR Shawn Mendes and Khalid performed on stage with 12 members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student choir in a powerful performance honoring victims of the Santa Fe school shooting. NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande performed "No Tears Left To Cry," her first single since the Manchester Arena terror attack on May 22, 2017 which killed 23 people, including the bomber. 22-year-old Salman Abedi detonated a bomb in the foyer as crowds were leaving Grande's performance. TOP ARTIST Kevin Mazur/WireImage TOP ARTIST Taylor Swift took home the award for Top Selling Album for "Reputation," thanking her fans as well as her friend and fellow performer Camilla Cabello.
2018 Billboard Music Awards - Show
2018 Billboard Music Awards - Show
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic Kevin Mazur/WireImage ICON Kevin Winter/Getty Images ICON Janet Jackson made a stunning return to the stage as she accepted the Icon Award. "I believe for all our challenges, we live at a glorious moment history,” she declared. "It's a moment when, at long last, women have made it clear that we will no longer be controlled, manipulated or abused. I stand with those women and with those men equally outraged by discrimination who support us in heart and mind." SHEERAN WINS BIG Ethan Miller/Getty Images SHEERAN WINS BIG Ed Sheeran wasn’t at the award show, but he gave a televised performance of "Galway Girl" from Dublin, where he's on his world tour. He scooped-up four awards. SALT-N-PEPA SHAKE IT UP Ethan Miller/Getty Images SALT-N-PEPA SHAKE IT UP BACK TO THE 90s Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic BACK TO THE 90s Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue reunited to close the show, with classic hits "Let's Talk About Sex,"Push it," and "Whatta Man." WRAP PARTY Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic WRAP PARTY Kelly Clarkson joined Sandra Denton and Cheryl James of Salt-N-Pepa for the finale.



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