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When the nominations for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards were announced earlier this year, we were disappointed by the lack of female artists represented in most major categories. Thankfully, Sunday night’s show was much more female focused, with host Kelly Clarkson keeping the girl power movement going through out the three-hour event.
From the incredible Janet Jackson accepting this year’s Icon Award and promoting the #MeToo movement, to a duet by two of the biggest voices in pop music, these were the best girl power moments from the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.
One of the first performers of the night was Dua Lipa, who was joined by all-female dance crew for her rendition of the of pro-self, anti-jerk track “New Rules.”
It was difficult to find anyone more excited for Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato’s performance of “Fall In Line” than host Kelly Clarkson, which made the girl power performance even more special. They came. They coordinated outfits. They showed us what The Handmaid’s Tale would look like as a music video. They slayed.
USA Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim and Desi Linden, the first American woman to win the Boston marathon since 1985, had the honour of presenting the award for Top Female Artist. After two years of absence from award shows, Taylor Swift returned to the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night and took home the award, shouting out her all-female stadium tour supporting acts Camila Cabello and Charli XCX.
seeing @taylorswift13 win Top Female Artist — and then shout out all the other amazing female artists out there — just made us so unbelievably proud. We stan the snake queen forever! #BBMAs pic.twitter.com/yP7ViTEXRw
— 1075 The River (@1075theriver) May 21, 2018
Kelly Clarkson not only nailed her first time hosting an award show, but she also had one of the best performances of the night with her new single “Whole Lotta Woman.” It was so good that it even made American Idol judge and notorious cranky pants Simon Cowell call the performance “…bloody fantastic.”
On Sunday night, Janet Jackson became the first black woman to ever win the Billboard Music Icon Award, giving an incredible performance of “Nasty,” “If,” and “Throb” to celebrate her four decades in the music business. Introduced by Bruno Mars, Jackson accepted the award and used her time at the mic to commend all the women involved in the #MeToo movement, urging people to continue fighting for women’s rights. That’s Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty.
We thought seeing Janet Jackson perform would be the highlight of nostalgia for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, but then Salt-N-Pepa reunited to perform “Shoop,” “Let’s Talk About Sex,” and “Push It.” We are in nostalgia heaven. As if that wasn’t amazing enough, they were joined by En Vogue and Kelly Clarkson for a performance of “Whatta Man” and had us dreaming of 1994 all over again. The group performance was a great reminder that women have been breaking down glass ceilings in music for decades. Yas kweens.