Taylor Swift narrowly avoids a wardrobe mishap while basking in triumph at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards

Taylor Swift had a triumphant night at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, where she emerged as a big winner. The talented 28-year-old singer-songwriter took home two prestigious awards – Best Female Artist and Top Selling Artist. The event, held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, was filled with star-studded guests, and Taylor was certainly in high spirits after her victories. While making her way backstage, Taylor exuded energy and enthusiasm, although she almost revealed more than intended in her stunning dusty pink gown, which featured a daring thigh-high split that flirted with exposing her lingerie.

Taylor Swift was one of the biggest winners of the night as she took home two of the highest honors - Best Female Artist and Top Selling Artist - at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night

Taylor Swift, the talented and leggy musician, had a night to remember at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. Not only did she win two prestigious awards – Best Female Artist and Top Selling Artist – but she also nearly experienced a wardrobe malfunction due to her excitement. This marked her triumphant return to the spotlight after the release of her controversial album Reputation, where she fearlessly takes on her well-known enemies like Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian.

When Taylor took to the stage to accept the Top Selling Album award, her second win of the night, she expressed her gratitude towards her fans, remarking how they made her feel understood again. She shared that when she started writing songs at the age of 12, it was a way for her to feel more understood. However, during the process of making Reputation, she felt misunderstood by many people. Taylor acknowledged her fans for continuously supporting and caring for her, and for making her feel understood once more.

It was a special moment when Mila Kunis had the honor of presenting Taylor with an award. Before Taylor took the stage, Mila introduced a heartfelt video, adding to the excitement and significance of the moment.

You really get me: 'Just, the ways that you have cared about me and the ways that you've treated me, just thank you for making me feel understood again' the songstress said

Wow: Taylor was truly tickled by her win, pausing to smile and admire her trophy while giving thanks

“You truly understand me: ‘Just the way you’ve shown care for me and treated me, I sincerely appreciate you for making me feel seen once again,” the talented singer expressed.
Earlier at the event, Taylor received the prestigious award for Best Female Artist. She took the opportunity to express gratitude towards her fellow female musicians and those who have paved the path for her and her peers in the music industry.
Acknowledging that it had been years since her last awards show, the renowned Reputation singer began her speech by thanking Camila Cabello and Charlie XCX, her current tour companions. Additionally, she expressed her appreciation for all the female artists who have paved the way for them to pursue and showcase their talents in their own unique ways.
Taylor also gave credit to the new wave of female artists who are currently making a significant impact in the industry, stating that they serve as a constant source of inspiration.
Looking towards the future, the chart-topping artist extended a shout-out to the upcoming generation of female musicians who have recently picked up a guitar or learned how to play the piano.
Lastly, Taylor emphasized her gratitude towards her devoted fans, who have continuously supported and cheered her on throughout her career, as she accepted her well-deserved accolades.

Sticking by her side: Swift was overwhelmed with emotions towards her fans, telling them 'I just wanna say to the fans, thank you for continuing to show up'

Remaining loyal to her supporters: Swift found herself flooded with a wave of heartfelt sentiment for her dedicated fanbase, expressing gratitude by saying, ‘To all my beloved fans, I simply want to extend my deepest appreciation for your unwavering presence.’

You go girl! During her first win of the evening for Best Female Artist, Taylor Swift thanked her fellow female artists and 'all the female artists who paved the way' while accepting the Best Female Artist honor at The Billboard Music Awards on Sunday

Inspired: She also gave thanks to 'all the new female artists killing it out there right now, we're so inspired by you'

Way to go, girl! Taylor Swift made a roaring entrance at The Billboard Music Awards by snagging the first victory of the night in the category of Best Female Artist. With grace and gratitude, she took a moment to express her heartfelt appreciation for her fellow female artists and those who had previously blazed the trail.

Next generation: Continuing onto the future generations, the chart-topper 'Shout out to the future female artist that just picked up a guitar, or learned how to play piano'

Future Generation: Moving forward to the upcoming generations, a popular remark is directed towards the aspiring female artists who have recently embraced the guitar or mastered the art of playing the piano.

Tour mates! The Reputation crooner thanked Camila Cabello (above, right with Taylor and Shawn Mendes) and Charlie XCX, who she's currently touring with

Hey, fellow tour buddies! Taylor Swift, the amazing singer of the song “Reputation,” expressed her gratitude towards Camila Cabello (pictured above on the right, alongside Taylor and Shawn Mendes) and Charlie XCX, her current tour mates.

Sitting pretty: Taylor (L) cosied up to Camila Cabello as they watched the awards ceremony together

Looking stunning: Taylor Swift was seen getting cozy with Camila Cabello while enjoying the awards show side by side.

Back in action! Though she seemed cool as  can be on stage, Taylor admitted it was her first time at an awards show 'in years'

Back in the game! Even though Taylor appeared as calm as can be during her performance, she confessed that it had been quite a while since she had attended an awards show.

Model moment: Taylor looked delighted as she chatted with America's Next Top Model host Tyra Banks at the awards

Loving life: The duo chatted away

Scene steal: Taylor’s face lit up with joy while engaging in a lively conversation with none other than the esteemed Tyra Banks, the host of America’s Next Top Model, during the glamorous awards ceremony.

While Taylor Swift received several prestigious awards during the event, Ed Sheeran emerged as the big winner, taking home six awards, including the highly coveted Top Artist award. Not only did the popular singer-songwriter win Top Artist, but he also won Top Male Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, and Top Radio Song for his hit track, “Shape of You.”
The awards ceremony kicked off with a surprising twist as singer Khalid won the Best New Artist trophy, instead of the favorite, Cardi B.

Turning heads: Taylor was a vision of beauty as she strutted along backstage with her awards in hand

Glam: Taylor looked phenomenal

Causing people to take notice: Taylor captivated everyone’s attention with her radiating beauty while confidently strolling backstage, clutching her well-deserved awards.

Two's company: Taylor cosied up to Mila Kunis backstage, who looked phenomenal in a studded leather mini skirt 

These two celebrities sure make a dynamic duo! Taylor and Mila were spotted getting cozy backstage, with Mila rocking a stunning studded leather mini skirt that made her look absolutely fabulous. Taylor, on the other hand, showcased her long and toned legs as she gracefully maneuvered through the aisles to find her seat.

Sitting pretty: Shawn Mendes and Taylor Swift sat with one another at the awards ceremony 

In a heartwarming sight, Shawn Mendes and Taylor Swift were spotted sitting together at the recent awards ceremony. Unfortunately, Cardi, who is expecting her child with rapper Offset, could not attend the event. When accepting the honor presented by Rebel Wilson, Khalid appeared genuinely humbled by the win. He expressed, “This achievement goes beyond me. It is a tribute to the youth, the believers, and the dreamers out there. Don’t let negativity hold you back; the only person standing in your way is yourself.” As the awards show came to a close, Khalid took a moment to express gratitude towards his fellow artists in the audience.

Surprise win! The awards show started on a surprising note, with the Best New Artist trophy going to singer Khalid, instead of favorite Cardi B for the win

Sing out! After some opening remarks, Kelly Clarkson got the crowd doing with a medley of the year's biggest hits

Unexpected victory! The commencement of the dazzling awards show was accompanied by a breath of surprise as the renowned Best New Artist accolade was bestowed upon the talented singer, Khalid, instead of the crowd favorite, Cardi B. Furthermore, the charming host, Kelly Clarkson, effortlessly enraptured the audience by enthralling them with a captivating medley embracing the most prominent hits of the industry.

Emotional: Before the event got underway Kelly took a moment to address the nation's most recently school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas

Prior to the commencement of the event, Kelly Clarkson, the hostess, took a heartfelt moment to acknowledge the recent tragic school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas that occurred just last week. The devastating incident left 10 individuals dead after a 17-year-old named Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire at his high school. Kelly expressed her frustration with the typical response of observing a moment of silence and instead proposed a different approach. She questioned why we don’t utilize a moment of change, an opportunity to actively address and alter the current situation. Rather than silence, she urged for action and a collective effort to bring about meaningful change.

Is she fur real? Proving her true range, the starlet even went into a rendition of Kendrick Lamar's Humble before throwing on a fur coat to do a version of the Bruno Mars and Cardi B track Finesse

Can we believe that it’s actually her? Demonstrating her versatility, the actress surprised everyone by performing a cover of Kendrick Lamar’s hit song “Humble,” and then effortlessly switching gears to sing a rendition of Bruno Mars and Cardi B’s catchy tune “Finesse,” all while flaunting a stylish fur coat.

She can do it all! The singer seamlessly went from genre to genre,  blending Marren Morris' My Church, Sam Smith's Too Good At Goodbyes, and Shawn Mendes' Nothing Holding Me Back together

She possesses incredible versatility! The talented singer effortlessly transitioned from one genre to another, combining Marren Morris’ My Church, Sam Smith’s Too Good At Goodbyes, and Shawn Mendes’ Nothing Holding Me Back into a captivating blend.

Expressing her passion for change, she conveyed, “We must strive for improvement! These individuals are failing our children, our communities, and their families. As a mother of four, I cannot fathom receiving that dreaded phone call or knock on the door. So instead of a moment of silence, let us honor and respect them by taking action – let us create a moment of change.”

Following her heartfelt opening speech, Clarkson engaged the audience with a medley of the year’s most popular songs. Without hesitation, she effortlessly intertwined Marren Morris’ My Church, Sam Smith’s Too Good At Goodbyes, and Shawn Mendes’ Nothing Holding Me Back.

Demonstrating her incredible vocal range, the accomplished artist even performed a rendition of Kendrick Lamar’s Humble before smoothly transitioning into Imagine Dragon’s Thunder. To top it all off, she donned a fur coat and delivered a vibrant version of the Bruno Mars and Cardi B track Finesse.

It's raining men! The ponytailed pop star posed on a bunch of umbrellas during her performance

Men are pouring from the sky! The pop singer with her stylish ponytail struck a pose atop a vibrant assortment of umbrellas while captivating the audience with her incredible performance.

Cry your heart out! Ariana Grande started the evening's festivities with an energetic performance of her hit No Tears Left To Cry, where she pranced through stage with a team of umbrella-toting back-up dancers

Get ready to shed some tears! The evening’s entertainment kicked off with a high-energy performance by Ariana Grande, who flawlessly sang her hit song No Tears Left To Cry. As she danced across the stage, she was accompanied by a group of backup dancers carrying umbrellas. Meanwhile, Camila Cabello couldn’t resist joining in on the singing, while Frankie Grande showed his support from the audience.

Next up, the undeniable chemistry between Khalid and Normani, previously a member of Fifth Harmony, was on full display as they performed their duet Love Lies. The audience couldn’t help but feel the connection between these two talented artists.

And let’s not forget about the dynamic duo of Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato. They wowed the crowd with their powerful track Fall In Line, both dressed in eye-catching black trench coats. The two vocal powerhouses showcased their immense talent as they poured their hearts into the performance.

Truly iconic: Janet Jackson looked like true music royalty at the event where she was being honored with the Icon Award

Sing it girl! She performed a mash-up of her hit Nasty and her 1993 song Throb for a glowing audience

Genuinely legendary: Janet Jackson appeared every bit the music aristocracy at the glamorous affair where she received the prestigious Icon Award.

She's still got it! The diva proved she was still sexy as ever at 52 as she steamed up the stage with several hunky back-up dancers

The sensational artist showcased her ongoing allure and undeniable sex appeal at the age of 52, setting the stage ablaze with her mesmerizing performance alongside a group of attractive backup dancers.

Can I get an amen? Jackson called it 'a great moment in history' in her speech, explaining 'at long last women have made it clear that we will not be controlled'

Can I get a round of applause? Janet Jackson described it as ‘an unforgettable moment in history’ during her speech, expressing that ‘finally, women have asserted their independence and refusal to be controlled.’ Janet Jackson made a sensational comeback to the spotlight when she received this year’s prestigious Icon Award. After an exhilarating performance, she took the opportunity to share her gratitude towards God and shed light on the current challenges we face in society. ‘I am incredibly honored and thankful for this award. I genuinely believe that amidst all the obstacles we encounter, we are living in a remarkable era,’ she expressed. ‘This is a pivotal moment where women have unequivocally shown that we will not tolerate being controlled, manipulated, or harmed,’ the renowned singer continued, affirming her support for both women and men who stand against these issues. Alongside being recognized with the esteemed Icon Award of the night, Janet’s performance marked her long-awaited television appearance in almost a decade, during which she experienced the joy of motherhood, welcoming her son Eissa into the world with her estranged husband, Wissam Al Mana.

Loud and proud! Kelly put on a pair of fuzzy, pink earmuffs as fans of the K-pop boy band BTS screamed at the top of their lungs before the Freaky Love singers performance

Full of enthusiasm and confidence, Kelly adorned her ears with a vibrant set of fuzzy earmuffs tinted in a delightful shade of pink. The electrifying ambiance was enhanced as dedicated followers of the beloved K-pop group, BTS, expressed their excitement through high-pitched screams, eagerly anticipating the exhilarating stage presence of the talented Freaky Love singers.

Turning up! K-Pop favorites BTS had so many fans in the crowd, their screams nearly overshadowing the boy band's tune

Arriving with a bang! The beloved K-Pop sensation BTS received an overwhelming response from their multitude of fans, whose enthusiastic screams almost drowned out the mesmerizing melodies of the talented boy band.

Heating up the stage! It was hard to hide the chemistry between Khalid and Normani, formerly of Fifth Harmony, as they performed the song Love Lies 

Bringing the heat to the stage! The undeniable chemistry between Khalid and Normani, formerly a member of the popular group Fifth Harmony, was palpable as they delivered an electrifying performance of their hit track, Love Lies.

What a flirt! Dua looked sexy as ever in a silky purple robe with black lace and nothing underneath

What a charmer! Dua appeared incredibly alluring in a luxurious purple robe adorned with delicate black lace, leaving nothing to the imagination underneath.

Tickled pink! Dua Lipa climbed on top of a glittering flamingo while performing New Rules

Absolutely thrilled! Dua Lipa joyfully hopped aboard a dazzling flamingo during her performance of the hit song “New Rules.”

That's why he's a Legend! Just coming off the heels of his Jesus Christ Super Star gig, John Legend commanded the stage

That is exactly what makes him legendary! Fresh from his remarkable performance in Jesus Christ Superstar, John Legend effortlessly captivated the audience as he took center stage.

First time: Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato didn't disappoint as they debuted their track Fall In Line

Team work! The powerful vocalists held hands as the crowd sent then off with a round of applause

The dynamic duo, Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato, surely lived up to the hype as they graced us with their mesmerizing collaboration, Fall In Line.

Do we have to spell it out? It wouldn't have been a performance without the hit let's talk about sex

Must we be explicit? It wouldn’t have been a show without the popular tune discussing the topic of intimacy.

Ending on a high note! The show wrapped by bringing together some of the most powerful voices in 90s R&B as trio Salt N Pepa teamed up with vocalists En Vogue for the performance of a lifetime

The show concluded on a high note! Bringing together talented artists from the 90s R&B scene, Salt N Pepa joined forces with En Vogue to deliver an unforgettable performance. Halsey and The Chainsmokers also took center stage for a meaningful tribute to the late EDM artist Avicii, whose tragic suicide in April left the music industry stunned.
Chainsmoker Drew Taggart expressed their deep sadness, saying, “Avicii’s passing was an immense loss for the music world and for all of us. He was an artist who inspired countless individuals and his impact on the EDM community cannot be overstated.”
Furthermore, Jennifer Lopez captivated the audience during the night by debuting her new song Dinero with DJ Khaled and Cardi B. Dazzling in a sparkling silver bodice, Lopez looked absolutely stunning as she commanded the stage.

Money on the mind! J Lo premiered her new song Dinero with DJ Khaled and Cardi B surrounded with fedora-wearing dancers

Thoughts of wealth and prosperity! Jennifer Lopez showcased her latest track “Dinero” alongside renowned DJ Khaled and the talented Cardi B, while being enclosed by a group of dancers sporting stylish fedoras.

Make it rain! Bills flew every which way as she sang lyrics about raking in the cash, in both English and Español 

Well suited! Proving she means business, JLo added a fedora and white jacket for some gangster-chic vibes

Let the money shower rain down! Dollar bills soared in every direction while she belted out lyrics about reaping the rewards, swinging effortlessly between English and Español. The spirited DJ enthusiastically introduced the track, encircled by piles of cash, all while catching a glimpse of Wall Street 2 on the screen. When J.Lo took the spotlight, she sparkled in a bedazzled bustier and white trousers, flaunting an abundance of diamond chains.

Amidst the cash-strewn frenzy, she sang passionately about the pursuit of wealth in both languages, leaving no doubt about her determination. To exude a touch of gangster-chic allure, the stunning performer donned a fedora and a crisp white jacket.

Unfortunately, due to her advanced pregnancy and impending due date, rapper Cardi B couldn’t attend the awards ceremony in person. However, she showcased her lyrical prowess through a pre-recorded black and white clip, ensuring her presence was still felt.

Young at heart: Shawn Mendes and Khalid invited the members of Marjorie Stoneman Douglass High's show choir for an emotional rendition of Mendes' You Can't Take My Youth Away

Keeping it youthful: Shawn Mendes and Khalid extended a heartfelt invitation to the talented show choir of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School for a moving performance of Mendes’ uplifting anthem, You Can’t Take My Youth Away.

Rest in power: Halsey and The Chainsmokers (Alex Pall, left, and Andrew Taggart, right) took the stage to pay tribute to EDM artist Avicii, who passed away unexpectedly in April

In a heartfelt and touching moment, Halsey and The Chainsmokers (comprised of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart) joined forces on stage to honor the legacy of the beloved EDM artist Avicii. The passing of Avicii, which came as a shock to many in April, prompted this emotional tribute from the talented trio.

Getting real: The Closer collaborators used their time on stage to talk about mental health

Keeping it genuine: The dynamic team from The Closer seized their opportunity onstage to engage in a heartfelt discussion surrounding the topic of mental well-being.

'A great loss': Speaking about the DJ, Chainsmoker Drew Taggart said: 'His passing was a great loss for the music world and for us'

Expressing a profound loss, Chainsmoker Drew Taggart lamented the passing of the DJ, emphasizing the significant impact his absence had on the music industry and personally for the group.

In a remarkable collaboration, Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey took the stage to deliver a live performance of their chart-topping hit “The Middle,” even though it had already occupied the top spots for several weeks.

Deeply moved by the occasion, Shawn Mendes and Khalid extended an invitation to the Marjorie Stoneman Douglass High’s show choir to join them for an emotionally charged rendition of Mendes’ anthem “You Can’t Take My Youth Away.”

A visibly moved Halsey fought back tears throughout the performance, while Shawn’s dedicated partner Hailey Baldwin proudly sang along from her seat in the audience, demonstrating their unwavering support.

The heartfelt performance garnered a standing ovation, a testament to the overwhelming impact it had on the audience.

Presenting... French Montana and Hailey Baldwin introduced Dua Lipa's performance

Hello from afar! Ashlee Simpson and hubby Evan Ross had the honors of welcoming Ed Sheeran, who performed via video from all the way in Dublin, Ireland

Introducing a special moment at the event, it was none other than French Montana and Hailey Baldwin who took the stage to announce Dua Lipa’s spectacular performance. Moreover, the delightful duo of Ashlee Simpson and her beloved Evan Ross were given the esteemed task of introducing the phenomenal Ed Sheeran, who enchanted the audience all the way from the magical city of Dublin, Ireland, through a captivating video performance.

Latin flavor! Luis Fonsi took home an honor for Hot Top 100 Song for the hit Despacito

A taste of Latin vibes! Luis Fonsi was delighted to receive recognition for the sensational track, Despacito, as it claimed the prestigious Hot Top 100 Song award.

Get ready: Singer Julia Michaels introduced Demi and Christina's duet along with Grace Vanderwaal, telling the audience: 'This is going to be beautiful'

Rocking out! Post Malone and 21 Savages took home the Top Rap Song Billboard for the song Rock Star

Get ready for an incredible collaboration: Julia Michaels, the talented singer, introduced the much-anticipated duet between Demi Lovato and Christina Aguilera, along with the lovely Grace Vanderwaal, and she promised the audience that it would be absolutely beautiful. Meanwhile, the Billboard Award for Top Rap Song went to Post Malone and 21 Savage for their hit track “Rock Star.”

Before the televised event, several awards were already announced earlier in the day. One of the big winners was Kendrick Lamar, who recently received the prestigious Pulitzer Prize. He took home multiple trophies, including Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Male Artist, Top Rap Album, Top Streaming Songs Artist, and Top Streaming Song.

Following closely behind was the talented Bruno Mars, who already has five wins under his belt. He won Top R&B Album for his impressive work on “24K Magic,” as well as Top R&B Song for “That’s What I Like.” In addition to these wins, Bruno Mars also claimed Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Male Artist, Top R&B Tour, and another Top R&B Song award.

Side-by-side! Before debuting their new duet, Demi and Christina joined forced in the audience

Together! Prior to the release of their upcoming collaboration, Demi and Christina united to sit among the crowd.

Presenting together: Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley of This Is Us presented the fan-voted Top Social Artist Award, which went to K-pop superstars BTS

Shining star! Marren Morris sizzled in silver sequins as she brought her new husband Ryan Hurd along for the evening

Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley, beloved stars of the hit show This Is Us, came together on stage to present the highly anticipated Top Social Artist Award. The fans spoke and their voices were heard as K-pop sensation BTS claimed the prize, taking the music world by storm. Meanwhile, the radiant Marren Morris mesmerized everyone with her dazzling sequined outfit, stealing the spotlight alongside her newlywed husband, Ryan Hurd.

Bright eyed and bushy-tailed! Taylor was happy to smize with America's Next Top Model hostess and general diva Tyra Banks

Eager and full of energy! Taylor was overjoyed to strike a beaming smile with Tyra Banks, the hostess and renowned diva of America’s Next Top Model.
Creating a grand entrance, Ciara mesmerized the audience with her stunning gold dress that was as transparent as can be (right). Bruno Mars had the privileged opportunity of introducing Janet Jackson prior to her well-deserved Icon Award (middle), while Bebe Rexha caught everyone’s attention with her dazzling black gown (right).

The great outdoors! Macklemore & Kesha's performance of Good Old Days was outside in front of a sea of fans

Nature’s embrace! Macklemore and Kesha took their electrifying performance of Good Old Days to the open air, captivating a breathtaking audience that stretched as far as the eye could see.

Cheers to that! Pharrell and Camila Cabello made a splash with their new track Sangria Wine

Here’s to celebrating! Pharrell and Camila Cabello captivated listeners with their fresh and vibrant hit tune, Sangria Wine.

Giving the crowd what they wants! After getting the people going with her new Pharrell collab, Camila went into her hit Havana

Sealed with a kiss! The former Fifth Harmonizer blew a kiss to the crowd during her acceptance

Delivering what the audience craves! After sparking energy among the crowd with her fresh collaboration alongside Pharrell, Camila proceeded to perform her chart-topping sensation, Havana.

Double or nothing! Kelly Clarkson did double duty as both hostess and later taking to stage to perform her tune Whole Lotta Woman

Taking on two roles in one evening, Kelly Clarkson embraced the challenge as she gracefully transitioned from being the hostess to becoming the center of attention on the stage. With a vibrant energy, she captivated the audience as she delivered a powerful rendition of her hit song, Whole Lotta Woman.

It's a date! Kesha brought along beau Brad Ashenfelter for the awards ceremony

On fire! Ne-Yo enjoyed his fellow artists performances, seen singing and dancing throughout the show

We have a romantic rendezvous! Kesha was accompanied by her partner Brad Ashenfelter at the prestigious awards ceremony (left). On the other hand, Ne-Yo enjoyed the incredible performances by his fellow artists from the enthusiastic audience (right).

Leading the way, Radma Lakshmi and Andy Cohen proudly presented the highly anticipated Billboard Chart Achievement award (left). The talented Sam Hunt graciously accepted the well-deserved recognition for Top Country Song (middle), while the fabulous Rebel Wilson also graced the stage with her presence on this memorable evening (right).

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