The Best and The Melodious of The Billboard Music Awards 2018 Red Carpet
The Billboard Music Awards managed to pull a few stars out of the woodwork and a few of them even dressed up for the occasion.
The Billboard Music Awards is a funny in-between awards show. They’re nowhere near the Grammys in terms of respectability, but they’re not nearly as low as the American Music Awards, or worse the People’s Choice Awards. They’re not as trashy as the MTV Awards by a long shot, but they’re not really quite worth dressing up-up for. Basically, you know who is working their career to the hilt by looking at who shows up to the BBMAs.
This year, the BBMAs was aired on NBC, so there was a lot of synergy between them and E! (owned by NBC Universal) for the red carpet. (E! was loudly missing Ryan Seacrest, solidifying he is off the air for the time being.) The event was held in Vegas, so everyone who attended had to fly in from somewhere, limiting the red carpet attendees from the getgo. (It was also hot as anything on the carpet, which meant some of those performing early stayed inside and hydrated.)
But the show itself was surprisingly good, especially host Kelly Clarkson. Not only did she rebel against her masters on NBC and refuse to call for a “Moment of Silence” instead insisting on a “Moment of Action” on gun control, paving the way for many of tonight’s winners to be political at the mic, but her opening number was so good, you guys. SO GOOD. They need to have her host the Grammys next year. For real.
As for the Red Carpet, there were enough to make a Top Ten, so let’s run them down.
Listen, when Taylor Swift shows up dressed like it’s still 2009, you know her new album must need serious help. This was literally the best dress of the entire carpet, a Versace, which is saying a lot. Taylor Swift needed to show up and slay a midrange carpet.
Ciara, in Julien MacDonald and one of the best deployments of sheer metallics since Rihanna.
Camila Cabello is still winning the Fifth Harmony Breakup by an order of magnitude, and she’s dressing in Givenchy for the occasion.
Padma Lakshmi, literally slaying to remind you Top Chef is still on the air.
Jenna Dewan, in full Post-Divorce Glow and Zuhair Murad. That’s a great haircut and dress. I hope she gets custody of at least part of the Tatum career.
Meaning of Life isn’t selling, but that doesn’t mean Kelly Clarkson isn’t working her little heart out in Christian Siriano to promote the hell out of herself on NBC on The Voice and now here.
This child is apparently Grace Vanderwaal, and she’s 14 and slaying it in a suit. Have a nice day.
Hailey Baldwin, totally overdressed in Alexandre Vauthier, and fabulous about it.
Hasley in Redemption, and it really is a redemption considering what she usually wears.
Kesha is exactly what she always wears and fuck all y’all.
Darren Criss was the hottest man on the carpet. You’re welcome.
I really love Derek Hough’s blue jacket.
Khalid! He’s so happy to be here.
Kygo is an electronic artist and James Bond impersonator in his spare time.
Nick Jonas is apparently working out for his brother’s upcoming wedding to Sansa Stark. Wise that.
Ne-Yo is still going, and proud of it.
Shawn Mendes is probably at the height of his career and doesn’t even know it.
John Legend just came from the golf course.
Luis Fonsi, with a great accessory on his arm.
A lone Migos. I guess the other two are in therapy.
I swear everytime they show me the Chainsmokers, it’s two totally different white guys they picked up on the corner and dumped off on the red carpet to stand in for “The Chainsmokers.”
BTS are really confused about all this popularity over in the US they’re getting but happy to be here.
Salt’n’Pepa are starting a Vegas residency, and were invited to perform to sell tickets. (This is actually Pepa and Spinderella, Salt doesn’t walk red carpets.)
En Vogue, or at least what’s left. They’re here to support SnP.
The Middle People. They sing that Target commercial song. One of them is Zed. The one wearing the heart is the talented one.
Ashlee Simpson married a Ross and now they’re going to do a reality show and an album because she misses having a career.
I don’t know who talked Xtina into wrapping herself in an oversized pinstripe suit jacket meant for a WWE superstar, but here we are.
Jennifer Lopez couldn’t decide what to wear so she wore three outfits.
Janet Jackson may be a legend, but she’s never known how to dress for the carpet and she’s damned if she’ll start now.
Bebe Rehxa stole a tutu from the halls of a Black Swan performance and wore it on her arms. I assume shell be attacked by a half-naked ballerina before the night is over.
Bad news fam. Dua Lipa may Mwah with gusto, but this is a terrible choice of outfit.
Demi is too young to be dressing in animal print caftans on the red carpet.
Tyra Banks, tacky and PROUD. (By the way, she is now a college teacher teaching fashion business, and she completely floored the Ryan Seacrest replacement by telling him excitedly about grading college papers and how excited she is to assemble a syllabus.)
Normani is actually the most talents of the Fifth Harmony girls, but Camila beat her to the punch on leaving the group and beat her to the punch in fashion sense on tonight’s carpet.
Julia Michaels wore a dress made of tissue paper for reasons no one understands.
That’s Mila Kunis.
That is all.
And this is Z LaLa who is still trying to out Lady Gaga long after Gaga left all this behind.