5 Reasons Why The Billboard Awards Were Completely Crazy (Besides "Bad Blood", That Is)
18 May 2015, 14:06 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09
Taylor/Calvin PDA, Kanye getting booed and an army of Umas... kinda wild.
We're still reeling from Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" video, that debuted last night at the Billboard Awards. And while we could write about it and take character quizzes about it all day (I got Hayley Williams), we should acknowledge that there was a whole bunch of other crazy things that happened at the event that deserves our acknowledgement. Seriously, it's important. Armies were raised, new love blossomed, and a few folks won some awards or something. Check out our top five Billboard Moments below....
1. Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris' epic PDA
We can't hide from the truth anymore, folks; Taylor and Calvin Harris are a "thing". And the final proof wasn't how snuggly they were all night, or Calvin's wandering hands every time he gave Tay a congratulatory hug (more on that later); it was the fact that she chose to spend an awards show sitting with a guy instead of surrounding herself in a crazy dance party of girlfriends.
2. Fall Out Boy's "Uma Thurman" Army
Fall Out Boy brought the Clone Saga with them last night, when their live performance of fan favourite "Uma Thurman" with Wiz Khalifa was accompanied by a mob of dancing Mia Wallaces, from the song's inspiration Pulp Fiction. Thankfully there wasn't a John Travolta in sight.
3. Iggy and Britney just... yeah
Music's most unlikely and unrequested duo debuted their *ahem* live performance of "Pretty Girls" during the event last night. As far as anyone who would willingly go see Iggy Azalea live was concerned, it was a huge success and not at all cringeworthy.
4. Tay taking home like, every award
EIGHT. Count 'em, Taylor literally went away with eight awards last night. Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200, Hot 100, Digital Songs Artist, Billboard 200 Album, Streaming Video; and of course Billboard Chart Achievement Award, because after all that, you couldn't NOT. We are truly in the era of 1989, people.
5. Kanye being censored (and booed) to oblivion
What do music awards shows and McDonald's breakfasts have in common? They don't allow "All Day". Just like its debut at the BRITs in February, ABC's coverage of Kanye's closing performance, where he played a medley of his inflammatory new single and Yeezus' "Black Skinhead", was marred by excessive use of the Mute button by someone in the broadcasting house. Not only that: Billboard reports that he was booed by parts of the audience before and after his set.
Probably doesn't help that he was introduced by sister-in-laws Kylie and Kendall Jenner, who referred to hi as a "doctor"; that's the kind of stuff that will send the anti-Ye camp into a frenzy.
Also there were some other people winning awards and stuff. Check out the full list below:
Top artist - Taylor Swift
Top new artist - Sam Smith
Top male artist - Sam Smith
Top female artist - Taylor Swift
Top duo/group - One Direction
Top Billboard 200 artist - Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 artist - Taylor Swift
Top digital songs artist - Taylor Swift
Top radio songs artist - Sam Smith
Top touring artist - One Direction
Top social artist - Justin Bieber
Top streaming artist - Iggy Azalea
Top R&B artist - Pharrell Williams
Top rap artist - Iggy Azalea
Top country artist - Florida Georgia Line
Top rock artist - Hozier
Top Latin artist - Romeo Santos
Top dance/electronic artist - Calvin Harris
Top Christian artist - Hillsong
Top Billboard 200 album - Taylor Swift, 1989
Top soundtrack - Frozen
Top R&B album - Pharrell, G I R L
Top rap album - J Cole, 2014 Forest Hill Drive
Top country album - Jason Aldean, Old Boots, New Dirt
Top rock album - Coldplay, Ghost Stories
Top Latin Album - Enrique Iglesias, Sex and Love
Top dance/electronic album - Lindsey Stirling, Shatter Me
Top Christian album - Lecrae, Anomaly
Top Hot 100 song - Meghan Trainor, All About That Bass
Top digital song - Meghan Trainor, All About That Bass
Top radio song - John Legend, All Of Me
Top streaming song (audio) - John Legend, All Of Me
Top streaming song (video) - Taylor Swift, Shake It Off
Top R&B song - Pharrell, "Happy"
Top rap song - Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, "Fancy"
Top country song - Jason Aldean, "Burnin' It Down"
Top rock song - Hozier, "Take Me To Church"
Top Latin song - Enrique Iglesias ft. Descemer, "Bailando"
Top dance/electronic song - DJ Snake & Lil Jon, "Turn Down For What"
Top Christian song - Carrie Underwood, "Something In The Water"
Billboard chart achievement award - Taylor Swift