How did Kelly Clarkson do as host of the 2018 Billboard Music Awards? Was she a “strong bad-ass chick with classic confidence,” as she sang in her performance of “Whole Lotta Woman”? Scroll down to watch part of Clarkson’s opening medley of Billboard-nominated hits and then vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.
Clarkson opened the show on a somber note by paying tribute to the victims of the most recent school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. Though she was asked to lead the audience in a moment of silence, she rejected that in favor of a call to political action to end senseless gun violence in the United States.
After that emotional intro, however, Clarkson brought a celebratory flair to the proceedings. She opened with a monologue in which she apologized for not being a comedian like Amy Schumer or Chris Rock, but then she proved that she had other performance skills she could bring to the event. She sang a medley of songs that ran the gamut from Kendrick Lamar‘s “Humble,” to Imagine Dragons‘ “Thunder,” to Taylor Swift‘s “Look What You Made Me Do.” It’s doubtful there are many vocalists with that much musical range, and certainly no stand-up comedians would have been up to that particular task.
That wasn’t her only performance of the night. She later took the stage for “Whole Lotta Woman” from her latest album, “Meaning of Life.” And she couldn’t resist joining Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue at the close of the show for their performance of their hits including “Let’s Talk About Sex,” “Push It” and “Whatta Man.”
So what did you think of her hosting performance overall? The snap judgment on social media is that she did an excellent job. As of this writing 95% of poll respondents there thought she was either good or great, while only 4% thought she did a poor job as emcee. Do you agree with them?