Billboard Music Awards: Winners, performances and Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ video

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The most intriguing parts of the Billboard Music Awards were the parts you could not hear. Sam Smith won top male artist and gave his speech by cue card because he’s recovering from vocal cord surgery. He asked Taylor Swift to bet for him in Las Vegas, admired Nicki Minaj’s rear end and told Ed Sheeran he arranged a dance for him at Chippendale’s.

Kanye West closed the show and huge chunks of his performance were muted. One chunk was 13 seconds long.

Taylor Swift won the awards for top artist, top female artist and top album for “1989.” One Direction won awards for top group and top touring artist. John Legend won top radio song for “All of Me,” and Meghan Trainor won top Hot 100 song for “All About That Bass.” Florida Georgia Line were named top country artist.

*Click here for a list of all winners

Swift debuted her music video for “Bad Blood,” which features Lena Dunham, Mariska Hargitay and Kendrick Lamar.

Highlights of performance here:

Van Halen:

Nick Jonas:

Meghan Trainor and John Legend:

Mariah Carey:

Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth & Lindsey Stirling:

Estelle and the stars of ‘Empire’:


Little Big Town & Faith Hill:

Pitbull & Chris Brown:

Ed Sheeran:

Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea:

Nicki Minaj & David Guetta:

Tori Kelly:

Simple Minds:

Kelly Clarkson:

Imagine Dragons:

Kanye West: