Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line were the country winners at Sunday night’s (May 17) Billboard Music Awards, and Taylor Swift proved her foray into straight-ahead pop music was an award-winning decision.
Aldean won two awards – top country album for Old Boots, New Dirt and top country song for “Burnin’ It Down.”
The other country album nominees were Garth Brooks’ Man Against Machine, Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party, Brantley Gilbert’s Just as I Am and Miranda Lambert’s Platinum. In the top country song category, an honor that goes to the artist, the other nominees were Luke Bryan’s “Play It Again,” Sam Hunt’s “Leave the Night On” and Florida Georgia Line’s “This Is How We Roll” (featuring Bryan) and “Dirt.” “Burnin’ It Down” was written by Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins FGL’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley.
Florida Georgia Line received the top country artist award (in a field that included Aldean, Bryan, Gilbert and Blake Shelton) and Carrie Underwood’s “Something in the Water” was named top Christian song.
Swift took home eight awards to emerge as the night’s big winner. She was named top artist, top female artist, top Billboard 200 artist, top Hot 100 artist and top digital songs artist, in addition to winning for top Billboard 200 album (1989, top streaming song (video) (“Shake It Off”) and the fan-voted Billboard chart achievement award.
Swift opened the show with the world debut of her music video for “Bad Blood,” the next single from 1989. Directed by Joseph Kahn and produced by Swift, the video includes cameo appearances by Jessica Alba, Lily Aldridge, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lena Dunham, Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding, Gigi Hadid, Mariska Hargitay, Martha Hunt, Karlie Kloss, Kendrick Lamar, Ellen Pompeo, Serayah, Hailee Steinfeld, Hayley Williams, and Zendaya.
Swift also introduced Van Halen’s performance of “Panama.”
The awards show aired live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.