P!nk's mother-daughter aerial act impressed, Drake's kid stole the spotlight and The Weeknd won big!
The 2021 Billboard Music Awards aired live from Los Angeles on Sunday, with Nick Jonas at the helm as host. Going down just seven months after the 2020 BBMAs -- which happened in October after being delayed due to the pandemic -- this year's awards are based on the chart period of March 21, 2020 through April 3, 2021.
Going into the show, The Weeknd was up for the most trophies with a whopping 16 nominations -- and he wound up winning quite a few of them as the night went on. P!nk was honored with the ICON Award and proved why with an amazing performance that featured not only her biggest hits, but her daughter Willow Sage. Her kid wasn't the only one who stole the spotlight either -- Drake's son had a mini-meltdown as he made a rare public appearance with his dad, who won the Artist of the Decade Award.
Those, of course, weren't the night's only viral moments -- see which performances and wins really popped below!
Doja Cat and SZA Debut "Kiss Me More"
The song has been out for about a month, but Sunday night saw the first live performance of "Kiss Me More" from Doja Cat and SZA -- and they did not disappoint.
The two brought the vocals, some dazzling visuals and fierce fashion, as well as some killer choreography.
After he was somehow totally shut out at the Grammys nominations this year, The Weeknd won the first award of the night at the Billboards -- picking up a trophy for Top Hot 100 Artist.
"First and foremost I'd like to thank my fellow nominees," he said, reading off his iPhone. "It's been a dark year and you've brought light and escape with your music, genius, brilliance and you deserve this award just as much as I do, if not more."
He then thanked his team, his family and the fans -- "and God, that I don't have to wear that red suit anymore."
Before the show began, he was already awarded Top Male Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Male Artist, Top R&B Album, Top Radio Song and Top R&B Song -- and went on to win Top Artist and Top Hot 100 Song later in the show.
It's been 20 years since Alicia Keys' dropped "Songs In A Minor" on us and to celebrate that anniversary, the Billboards gave her the spotlight to play a medley of hits from the legendary album. She even got an incredible introduction from Michelle Obama, before tickling the ivory while telling the audience, "I'm never leaving the keys, because I know what I'm worth."
She then launched into "A Woman's Worth," "How Come You Don't Call Me" and, of course, "Fallin'" -- and sounded just as amazing now as she did two decades ago.
P!nk was celebrated with the ICON Award on Sunday night, following an introduction from rocker and good friend Jon Bon Jovi. But before picking up her trophy, she delivered one helluva performance showing us why she got the honor in the first place.
She kicked off the 9-minute medley with 9-year-old daughter Willow by her side as they both did her trademark aerial stunts while their duet "Cover Me In Sunshine" played in the background. It was a beautiful mother-daughter moment -- and P!nk was clearly a very proud mama.
She followed that up by singing "All I Know So Far," "So What," "Blow Me One Last Kiss," "Who Knew" and "Just Give Me a Reason."
"I love what I do and I love the people that I get to do it with," she said, before thanking her family and fans as she collected her trophy. "I cannot wait until we can just sweat all over each other. Dream big, because what if it comes true?"
Tina Knowles-Lawson presented the second annual Change Maker Award to Houston-based rapper and activist Trae Tha Truth, calling him a true "superhero." The rapper received the award for "his unwavering dedication to fighting for, and delivering, social and medical equity in his community."
Collecting his trophy, he said that, "When it comes to change, it's important ... it's important to change people's loves."
"It's important to change the thoughts of those who give up at times and it's important to change things that wasn't designed for our best interests," he continued. "For me, I come from the streets, we gotta protect our women, we gotta protect our children, we gotta protect our elders. it's time for us to change the narrative and control our own story right about now. It's about stepping up, not taking no for an answer."
He ended his speech by repping for Houston and proclaiming, "We're still gonna need justice for Breonna Taylor."
BTS Brings Butter to BBMAs
BTS is finally all "Dynamite"-ed out and gave their world premiere performance of their new single, "Butter."
The supergroup did what needed to be done with their energetic choreography, always on-point vocals and sleek style that's made them one of the biggest acts in the entire world.
Their performance comes after they picked up the trophy for Top Duo/Group, Top Song Sales Artist and Top Social Artist (Fan Voted).
This performance will be an insane fan-maker. Everything was so neat, and probably for the first time in 4 years BTS comes up to US TV with a gp friendly bop supported by such an entertaining choreo. Also live version sounds even better?? What the hell
Drake was celebrated with the Artist of the Decade Award -- but it was his son Adonis who stole the show when he joined his famous father on stage. Clinging tight to his dad's leg the whole time -- and also his trophy -- Adonis was way too cute, even when he started crying near the end of Drake's speech.
During the speech itself, Drake said that while the video package that aired before was "full of a lot of confidence and bravado," the truth is he's "really bad at taking complements" in real life.
"I'm really self-conscious about my music and even if I do a good job, I always wonder how I could have done it better. I rarely celebrate anything and just for anyone watching this that's wondering how this happened, that's really the answer," he said. "It's being so unsure how you're getting it done, you just keep going in the hopes of figuring out the formula."
"I just know that I've spent an incalculable amount of hours trying to analyze all the things I did wrong," he concluded. "Tonight, for once, I'm sure as hell we did something right."
Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly certainly made an entrance to the BBMAs, hitting the red carpet together in a pair of looks only they could pull of. While she wore a daring dress, he decided to paint his tongue black.
It was certainly a choice. He also won Top Rock Artist and gave a shoutout to his "twin flame" Fox when he won.
Both of them were trending throughout the night for their looks:
The Top Billboard 200 Album went to the late Pop Smoke for "Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon!" The rapper was shot to death during a home invasion in 2020.
Accepting the award on his behalf was his mother, who thanked the fans for "honoring the life and spirit of my son, so much that he continues to manifest as if he were still here in flesh."
"He created music for the kid who has to sleep four in a room, the kid who has to figure out how to get to school each day so he can graduate and make his mom proud. He did this so that 14 year olds would not have to kill to prove they are somebody," she added. "That is the irony in this."
Her "young warrior" also won Top New Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Male Artist and Top Rap Album.
Check out a few more of the night's best performances below: