Billboard Awards 2018: Ed Sheeran wins big and tributes to Avicii
Written by Scott McGerty on 21st May 2018
Ed Sheeran was the big winner at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards in the US on a night where tributes were paid to the DJ Avicii.
Sheeran won the main award of the night, being recognised as Top Artist, beating off competition from Drake and Kendrick Lamar.
He also won Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Song Sales Artist and Top Hot 100 Artist.
Other winners on the night include Top Female Artist Taylor Swift and Camila Cabello, who scooped the Billboard Chart Achievement Award.
Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber claimed the award for Top Hot 100 Song for their hit, Despacito.
American DJs The Chainsmokers and singer Halsey paid tribute to Swedish DJ Avicii.
The late star, known for his club anthems including Wake Me Up and Levels, died at the age of 28 in Oman in April.
Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers said:
“His passing was a great loss for the music world and for us. He was an artist who inspired so many in so many ways and simply put he meant so much to us and so many in the EDM community.”
“Everyone who worked with him would agree he was such a joy and it makes this tragedy all the more painful. And it’s a reminder to all of us to be there and to support and love all of our friends and family members who may be struggling with mental health issues.”
The ceremony got under way with a performance from Ariana Grande, who took to the stage two days before the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing.
She performed an emotional rendition of No Tears Left To Cry, her first single since the atrocity.
Grande had just finished a show at the Arena last year when 22 people died in an explosion where hundreds more we’re injured.
Several artists performed on the night, including Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Camila Cabello, Dua Lipa, Khalid and host Kelly Clarkson.