Tuesday 14 August 2018

2018 Billboard Music Awards: Ariana Grande opens with emotional performance

The singer was performing two days before the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing.

Ariana Grande opened the 2018 Billboard Music Awards with an emotional performance two days before the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Ariana Grande opened the 2018 Billboard Music Awards with an emotional performance two days before the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

By Keiran Southern, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

Ariana Grande opened the 2018 Billboard Music Awards with an emotional performance two days before the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing.

Grande, 24, took to the stage to perform No Tears Left To Cry, her first single since a terrorist detonated an explosive device as fans were leaving her concert on May 22 last year, killing 22 innocent people and injuring more than 500.

The music video for the song references the events in Manchester. A bee, the symbol of the city, appears in the video.

On Sunday, Grande, sporting a large blonde ponytail, performed on stage surrounded by backing dancers holding umbrellas.

Last week Grande spoke candidly about the impact the atrocity has had on her life and music.

In an interview with Time magazine, Grande described the attack as the “absolute worst of humanity”.

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Ariana Grande performs “No Tears Left To Cry” at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

She said: “The last thing I would ever want is for my fans to see something like that happen and think it won.

“Music is supposed to be the safest thing in the world. I think that’s why it’s still so heavy on my heart every single day.

“I wish there was more that I could fix. You think with time it’ll become easier to talk about. Or you’ll make peace with it. But every day I wait for that peace to come and it’s still very painful.”

 

Read more: Highlights from Taylor Swift’s first awards show appearance in nearly two years

The main winners on the night:

ICON Award

Janet Jackson

 

Top Artist

Ed Sheeran

 

Top New Artist

Khalid

 

Billboard Chart Achievement Award

Camila Cabello

 

Top Male Artist

Ed Sheeran

 

Top Female Artist

Taylor Swift

 

Top Duo/Group

Imagine Dragons

 

Top Billboard 200 Artist

Drake

 

Top Hot 100 Artist

Ed Sheeran

 

Top Social Artist

BTS

 

Top R&B Artist

Bruno Mars

 

Top Rap Artist

Kendrick Lamar

 

Top Country Artist

Chris Stapleton

 

Top Rock Artist

Imagine Dragons

 

Top Billboard 200 Album

‘DAMN.’ - Kendrick Lamar

 

Top Selling Album

‘Reputation’ - Taylor Swift

 

Top Hot 100 Song

‘Despacito’ - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber

 

Top Selling Song

‘Despacito’ - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber

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