Billboard award winners

Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Luis Fonsi, and Bruno Mars were the big winners at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

The quartet picked up the bulk of the honors at the ceremony, which was a mix of emotional tributes and activism, blasts from the past and show-stopping performances.

Kendrick was a six-award winner, clearing up most of the rap trophies, while Bruno took home the R&B honors, and Sheeran picked up the Top Artist of the Year and Top Male Artist awards among his six-award haul, and Fonsi collected a handful of trophies for his crossover hit Despacito.

There were also multiple wins for Imagine Dragons, The Chainsmokers, Chris Stapleton, Luis Fonsi, U2, and Taylor Swift, who was named Top Female Artist.

The ceremony began on a sombre note with host Kelly Clarkson ignoring calls to lead a moment of silence for the victims of Friday's Santa Fe High School massacre in Texas and urging viewers to leap into action to change gun laws.

The show kicked off with Ariana Grande performing an emotional version of No Tears Left to Cry two days before the first anniversary of the bomb attack outside her Manchester Arena, England concert, and other performance highlights included Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato debuting their women's anthem Fall in Line, and Shawn Mendes and Khalid, who teamed up with the choir from Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for a rendition of Youth.

The schoolmates were involved in the last major high school shooting in February.

Other show-stopping moments came from boy band BTS, Macklemore and Kesha, Icon Award winner Janet Jackson, who belted out her 1986 classic Nasty, and Salt-N-Pepa, who closed the show with a rousing hits medley, including Push It and Whatta Man with En Vogue.

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