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Billboard Music Awards 2019: The moments that went viral

From Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas's PDA, to BTS making history and Taylor Swift's show-stopping performance, a lot happened at the 2019 BBMAs

K-pop band BTS perform during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. Reuters 
K-pop band BTS perform during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. Reuters 

The 2019 Billboard Music Awards were a big night for music. Taylor Swift made her Me! comeback, BTS won over yet more hearts, Priyanka Chopra wore Yeezys and there were more Madonnas than usual at the Las Vegas awards ceremony. Plus, there was a surprise Las Vegas wedding...

Here, we round up all of the most viral moments from the 2019 Billboard Music Awards:

1. BTS made history

Not only did the Korean superstars perform Boy With Luv with Halsey, they made history when they won Top Social Artist for the second year in a row and became the first K-pop band to scoop the Top Duo/Group award.

In their speech, Kim Nam-joon - known as RM - thanked the band's fans, known as the Army, saying: "I still can't believe we're here on this stage with so many great artists... this was only possible because of the little things we shared together, the BTS and Army power, am I right?"

The rapper added: "We're still the same boys from six years ago, we still have the same dreams, we still have the same fears, we still have the same thoughts. Let's keep dreaming the best dreams together."

The music video for 'Boy With Luv' has set a YouTube record after surpassing 500 million views in just under four months. Reuters 
BTS and Halsey perform during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. Reuters

2. That Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra moment

During Joe Jonas's Cake By The Ocean performance with his band, DNCE, his brother Nick Jonas was on guitar and walking through the crowd when he stole a moment to give wife, Priyanka Chopra, a quick kiss.

Fans on Twitter had a lot to say about the cute moment:

3. Priyanka Chopra in Yeezy's

Chopra wore a Zuhair Murad couture white, sequinned dress with a pearl necklace for the ceremony. Her shoes, however, came from a surprising brand: Yeezy.

The invisible shoes are from Kanye West's sixth Yeezy season, and she has worn them before; last October to be specific.

epa07541613 Indian singer Priyanka Chopra (L) and US singer Nick Jonas (R) arrive for the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 01 May 2019. The Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on US year-end chart performance, sales, number of downloads and total airplay. EPA/NINA PROMMER
Priyanka Chopra in a Zuhair Murad dress with Yeezy heels, with husband Nick Jonas at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards on May 1. EPA

4. Taylor Swift's first Me! performance

Taylor Swift is officially back and fans loved her Me! performance with Brendon Urie. The duo opened the show with a super playful performance; think flying dancers, fireworks, a high school band and very colourful costumes.

You can watch the whole thing here:

Even Taylor Swift's ex, Joe Jonas, seemed to love it:

Although some did suggest the school band-themed elements were a little too much like Beyonce's Homecoming:

This Twitter user made a compelling "didn’t invent the marching band" point:

5. Cardi B's abs

Whether they are real, surgically enhanced or sprayed on (that has certainly been debated on Twitter), Cardi B's abs have got people talking.

"So Cardi B got them surgery abs?" one Twitter user commented, while another added: "suddenly I got the urge to work out".

epa07541568 US rapper Cardi B arrives for the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 01 May 2019. The Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on US year-end chart performance, sales, number of downloads and total airplay. EPA/NINA PROMMER
US rapper Cardi B arrives for the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, USA, on May 1, 2019. EPA

6. Madonna performing with ... Madonnas

Never one to shy away from a self-assured move, Madonna performed with four hologram versions of herself, in a display that reportedly cost $5 million (Dh18.4 million).

The 60-year-old singer performed her new single, Medellin, with Maluma, and then four CGI and holographic versions of her image. The singer is said to have footed the bill for the seven-minute-long performance herself.

7. When Taylor Swift went starry-eyed for Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey won the Icon Award on the night and performed a medley of her many hits. Taylor Swift – known for being an awards ceremony camera person's emotive dream – absolutely loved every moment:

8. Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner's wedding

OK, this didn't technically take place at the awards, but Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner surprised everyone by getting married in a Las Vegas wedding chapel. Close friend Diplo documented the whole thing on Instagram story, writing, "Gotta hit up this wedding real quick", with a photo of Turner and Jonas going inside the venue.

Sophie Turner arriving for her wedding to Joe Jonas. Instagram / Diplo 
Sophie Turner arriving for her wedding to Joe Jonas. Instagram / Diplo 

All of the winners at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards:

Top Hot 100 song: Girls Like You, Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B

Top Billboard 200 album: Scorpion, Drake

Top artist: Drake

Top new artist: Juice WRLD

Top female artist: Ariana Grande

Top male artist: Drake

Top streaming songs artist: Drake

Top song sales artist: Drake

Top radio songs artist: Drake

Top duo/group: BTS

Top R&B artist: Ella Mai

Top rap artist: Drake

Top country artist: Luke Combs

Top rock artist: Imagine Dragons

Top Latin artist: Ozuna

Top dance/electronic artist: The Chainsmokers

Top Christian artist: Lauren Daigle

Top gospel artist: Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Top social artist: BTS

Top touring artist: Ed Sheeran

Chart achievement award: Ariana Grande

Icon award: Mariah Carey

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Updated: May 2, 2019 10:55 AM

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