The Big Winners at the "Billboard Music Awards"

Host KELLY CLARKSON started off the "Billboard Music Awards" with an emotional speech about the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas.

She said they wanted her to do a moment of silence, but she wasn't interested in that.  Quote, "I'm so sick of moments of silence, it's not working, obviously.

"Why don't we do a moment of action?  Why don't we do a moment of change?  Why don't we change what's happening? Because it's horrible."

Later in the show, SHAWN MENDES and KHALID honored the victims by performing "Youth", along with a choir of survivors from the Parkland, Florida shooting.

On a lighter note, JANET JACKSON accepted the Icon Award, and performed a medley of "Nasty", "If", and "Throb".  Then she gave a speech about women's rights.  And she also said that our public discourse is, quote, "loud and harsh."

Janet's performance had people on their feet, but SALT-N-PEPA really brought the house down when they closed the show with a medley of their own.  They did "Push It", "Shoop", and "Let's Talk About Sex" . . .

Then they brought out EN VOGUE for "Whatta Man".

CHRISTINA AGUILERA and DEMI LOVATO belted out their new track, "Fall In Line" . . . and Kelly Clarkson reminded everyone just how ridiculously powerful HER voice is with a performance of "Whole Lotta Woman".

(It even blew Simon Cowell away.)

Kelly also did a medley of some of the nominated songs, including "Look What You Made Me Do" . . . which got a funny reaction from TAYLOR SWIFT.

Speaking of Taylor, she used one of her acceptance speeches to play the victim again, saying how she was feeling "misunderstood" for a while . . . but her fans' reaction to her new album changed all that.  SO happy for her.  (???)

Some people got awards, too.  Big winners included Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar, and Chris Stapleton.  The song "Despacito" picked up a bunch, too. 

(Check out the complete winners' list here.)

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