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BTS and Halsey lead new pop generation at Billboard Music Awards

More problematic were the performances, or lack thereof: Not a single hip-hop artist performed on the three-hour show, a shocking omission for any music awards show in 2019, and particularly for one whose namesake, Billboard magazine, so diligently covers popular music. The closest any artists came to rapping onstage were R&B veteran Ciara, who summoned “Rhythm Nation”-era Janet Jackson for her new single, “Thinkin Bout You,” and the animated ‘80s footnote MC Skat Kat, who accompanied his onetime video-dance partner, Paula Abdul, on a snippet of their MTV artifact, “Opposites Attract.”