Ahead of tonight’s 2023 Billboard Music Awards, we celebrated the year of chart-toppers at Billboard No. 1s: The Official Party of the Billboard Music Awards on Saturday night in Los Angeles.
Among the stars who made their way up to the Sheats-Goldstein Residence in the Beverly Crest neighborhood of LA were 2023 Billboard Music Awards finalists Jordin Sparks and Keena from the K-pop girl group FIFTY FIFTY, as well as Miguel, Coco Jones, Madison Beer, Jaden Smith, Normani, Landon Barker, Bella Poarch, Iann Dior, Diane Warren, Victoria Justice, Westside Gunn, The Rose’s Woosung and Jaehyung, Ross Lynch, Paul Russell, Bia, Baby Tate, The Veronicas, Yvng Lvcas, Queen Naija, Slayyyter, Lele Pons, Harry Jowsey, Skai Jackson, Laura Marano, McKenna Grace and many more.
On the red carpet outside the estate, Keena told Billboard’s Rania Aniftos that she was still processing FIFTY FIFTY being up for two prizes at tonight’s BBMAs: top duo/group and top global K-pop song for “Cupid.” “This is so surreal,” she said. “I can’t believe I’m here. I feel so honored and grateful to be nominated for this award.”
Sparks told Billboard that her husband, Dana Isaiah, was the one who broke the news to her that “Love Me Like I Am,” her collab with for KING & COUNTRY, was up for top Christian song at tonight’s awards show. “It means the world to be a BBMAs finalist,” she said. “Billboard has been such a pillar in the music community for so long, so it feels especially special to be here.”
One of our chart-toppers in the building was Miguel, whose 2010 song “Sure Thing” crawled its way to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Pop Airplay chart this year, more than a decade after its release. “It’s a massive blessing,” he told Billboard. “It’s a testament to how fans can really push a song and great songwriting can live on and live forever, and how great music still matters.”
Another 2023 chart-topper at the party was Coco Jones, whose breakthrough smash “ICU” spent four weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay. “Even seeing ‘ICU’ on the Billboard charts was such a huge goal of mine,” Jones told Billboard on the carpet. “It’s been on my vision board since I was literally 16 years old. So it’s so full-circle and I’m so honored to be here.”
Guests were ushered up to the private residence on Saturday night by a fleet of vehicles from Lexus, which sponsored the Billboard No. 1s party. Once inside, they could hit the dance floor soundtracked by the night’s DJ, NITRANE; grab a drink or a passed app; or head outside for an expansive view overlooking the city across a pool with a massive Billboard No. 1s sign across the back.
The 2023 Billboard Music Awards Presented by Marriott Bonvoy will start rolling out performances and awards via BBMAs.watch, as well as across BBMAs and Billboard social channels, starting tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Find the full schedule, list of performers and how to watch here.
Below, find photos from the red carpet and inside at Billboard No. 1s: The Official Party of the Billboard Music Awards.
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