Entertainment Music Taylor Swift Takes Home Trophies at First Awards Show in 2 Years: 'Thank You for Making Me Feel Understood' The 2018 Billboard Music Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20 on NBC By Karen Mizoguchi Published on May 20, 2018 10:05 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Taylor Swift is back on the red carpet! The Reputation singer, 28, attended the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, marking her first awards show appearance since the 64th Annual BMI Pop Awards in May 2016. Swift opted for an ethereal pink Versace gown that featured a thigh-high slit and embellished silver details on the bodice. She topped off her looks with Hueb earrings and shoes by Casadei. Check out PEOPLE’s full Billboard Music Awards coverage to get the latest news on music’s big night. John Shearer/Getty Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic During the show, the entertainer picked up the award for top female artist and gave a shout-out to her opening acts Charli XCX and Camila Cabello. “I haven’t been to an awards show in a few years and it is so nice to be here tonight,” she said. “And it’s so nice to receive female artist. I’m on an all-female artist stadium tour right now, so I have to start out by saying ‘Thank you’ to my tourmates Charli XCX and Camila Cabello.” Swift also thanked “all the female artists that paved the way for us” as well as her fans for their support. RELATED VIDEO: Taylor Swift Kicks Off Her Reputation Stadium Tour with Lots and Lots of Snakes (and Joe Alwyn!) — All the Details Later in the night, she gave an emotional speech when accepting the trophy for top selling album. “You guys, when I started writing songs when I was 12, I started writing songs because it made me feel more understood,” she said. “When I was making Reputation, this album, for a while there I was feeling really misunderstood by a lot of people. So I want to say to the fans, thank you for continuing to show up. We just started our tour last week and the ways that you’ve cared about me and the ways that you’ve treated me — thank you for making me feel understood again.” Ethan Miller/Getty The star received a total of five nominations, including the top artist category for which she was up against Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran, who ended up taking home the prize. Taylor Swift’s Reaction to Kelly Clarkson Singing ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ at the Billboard Music Awards Is Everything Rob Latour/Shutterstock Big Reputation! See All the Photos from Taylor Swift’s Tour Kickoff Swift’s appearance at the BBMAs is one day after she performed two sold-out shows in Los Angeles as part of her Reputation Stadium tour. She surprised 60,000 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, by bringing out Shawn Mendes on Friday and shocked the crowds on Saturday when she shared the stage with another very special guest: Selena Gomez. Also joining Swift on stage was Troye Sivan while backstage Julia Roberts, Amber Rose, Rebel Wilson, Miles Teller and Sarah Michelle Gellar took selfies with the headliner. Jeff Kravitz/BBMA18/FilmMagic Want to keep up with the latest from PEOPLE? Sign up for our daily newsletter to get our best stories of the day delivered straight to your inbox. Swift will be back on the road on Tuesday when she performs at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Her Reputation Stadium Tour will see her play dates across North America, Europe and Oceania through November. Kevin Mazur/WireImage The 2018 Billboard Music Awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20 on NBC.