Billboard Awards 2015 Recap

Written by on May 18, 2015

The 2015 Billboard Awards on May 17th, and this year it was hosted by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen. If you were busy but you still want to know what happened so you can talk about it with your friends, this post is for you- I notice you, I’ve got you.

Before anything else, the Billboard Awards opened up with Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video. This song title should sound familiar to most considering there have been images plastered all across social media promoting the video.
The video consisted of many popular celebrities and artists such as Kendrick Lamar (who also had a few verses in the song), Cara Delevingne, Jessica Alba, Zendaya, Selena Gomez, and many more.
You can watch it here.
Alright, let’s get into the rest.
How Billboard Awards are determined:
Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music.
Top Duo/ Group- One Direction
Top Billboard 200 Album- Taylor Swift’s “1989”
Best Rap Song- Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”
Top Male Artist- Sam Smith
Best Radio Record- John Legend’s “All of Me”
Top Female Artist- Taylor Swift
Top Touring Artist- One Direction
Top Hot Song- Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”
Top Country Artist- Florida Georgia Line
Top Artist- Taylor Swift


  • Meghan Trainor and John Legend sang “Like I’m Going To Lose You” together. It was a very soft ballad, different from Meghan’s usual pop, upbeat tunes.
  • When One Direction accepted the award for “Top Duo/ Group,” the foursome acknowledged their missing member. Liam Payne said, “There’s one more person to share this with and that’s our brother Zayn.”
  • Mariah Carey won Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade.” Mariah has had 18 number 1 billboard hits and is currently one of Las Vegas’s newest headliners. She celebrated this by performing “Vision of Love” and her new single “Infinity.”
  • Tyrese and Ludacris, who both starred in the movie “Fast and Furious 7,” introduced the performance and tribute for Paul Walker. “See You Again” was performed by Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa, with Lindsey Sterling playing the violin.
  • The late B.B. King, who passed away this Thursday, was honored by Imagine Dragons with a tribute of “Stand By Me.”
  • Molly Ringwald presented The Simple Mind’s performance of “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” for the 30th year anniversary of ” The Breakfast Club.”
  • Sam Smith accepted his award for “Best Male Artist” from New York. He is currently recovering from vocal surgery, so he couldn’t make it to the awards show. Hope for a speedy recovery!
And there you have it, three hours of an award show compressed into a few hundred words. I hope I filled you in for the most part. If you watched the award show live, what was your favorite part? Did I miss anything good?

By Daisha Lewis

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