Taylor Swift, Sam Smith Win Big at Billboard Music awards

The Billboard Music Awards show or BBMA is a prominent award show being run by Billboard, a magazine that focuses on the music industry and artist popularity. The show is set every May and has been running since 1989 except for a brief period from 2007 to 2011. This 2015, the show was hosted by Chrissy Teigen and Ludacris and was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Billboard magazine stated that the nominations and finalists were all based on fan interactions with music which included album and digital sales, radio airplay, social media interactions, touring and other online music sites.

Taylor Swift

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Image courtesy of US Magazine

This Sunday was clearly Taylor Swift’s day. Among the coveted awards, she was able to bag eight in total from a staggering 14 nominations. Included in her wins are:

  • Top Artist
  • Top Female Artist
  • Top Digital Songs Artist
  • Top Hot 100 Artist
  • Top Billboard 200 Artist
  • 1989 – Top Billboard 200 Album
  • Shake it Off – Top Streaming Song (Video)
  • Billboard Chart Achievement Award (Fan-voted)

The categories she/her songs were nominated in but didn’t win are:

  • Top Radio Songs Artist
  • Top Social Artist
  • Top Streaming Artist
  • Shake it Off – Top Digital Song
  • Shake it Off – Top Hot 100 Song
  • Blank Space – Top Streaming Song (Video) *Shake it Off won

A very notable award she won was the fan-dependent Billboard Chart Achievement Award. This was a special achievement award in which she beat Iggy Azalea and Meghan Trainor. She was quoted as saying, “This is such a good night,” after winning top artist.

Sam Smith

Smith was also another big winner at the BBMA show. He also had the second most nominations at 13, 1 shy from Swift’s 14. At just 22 years of age, he bagged the Top New Artist award from Iggy, Hozier, 5 Seconds of Summer and Meghan Trainor. Overall, he won the following:

  • Top New Artist
  • Top Male Artist
  • Top Radio Songs Artist

He was nominated but unsuccessful in the following:

  • Top Artist
  • Top Billboard 200 Artist
  • In the Lonely Hour – Top Billboard 200 Album
  • Top Hot 100 Artist
  • Stay with Me – Top Hot 100 Song
  • Stay with Me – Top Radio Song
  • Stay with Me – Top Digital Song
  • Stay with Me – Top Streaming Song (Audio)
  • Latch – Top Dance/Electronic Song (featured)
  • Top Digital Songs Artist

Some notable events in this year’s BBMA was the premiere of Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood music video and the resurfacing of Mariah Carey. For those who aren’t aware, the last time Mariah performed on Billboard was way back in 1998. Check here for the full list of winners posted on Wikipedia.




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