Bay-Buh! Zedd and Maren Morris Perform 'The Middle' at the Billboard Music Awards
Confetti rained from the rafters of the MGM Grand Garden Arena as Morris led the crowd — including Halsey and Derek Hough — in a star-studded singalong of the soulful track before the audience rose in a standing ovation.
Morris — who took home the prize for top country female artist — teased the performance on Instagram in the days ahead of the show, writing: “We’re pulling out the stops with this one.”
The electronic dance music collaboration dropped the week before the Grammys in January and served as a departure for 28-year-old Morris, a country darling whose debut album HERO — featuring the hits “My Church,” “80s Mercedes” and “I Could Use a Love Song” — earned her multiple Grammy nominations.
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“Zedd reached out a few months ago and sent the song, and I obviously gravitated towards it; it’s such a banger!” Morris told PEOPLE at the time. “And so I would have been crazy not to record it, and I just felt really connected to it. It all happened pretty quickly.”
And the Grammy winner wasn’t nervous to hop on the genre-blending project.
“I love what Zedd does. I mean, oh my gosh, every song that he releases is a huge smash; I listen to everything,” she said. “It didn’t feel like it was that much of a departure. And I think out of all the country artists, I’m certainly a genre-blender — so it wasn’t the biggest shock. But it still was cool to see the fans be like, ‘Oh my God, Zedd, Grey and Maren!’ It was cool. I’m glad it’s all happening.”
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The 2018 Billboard Music Awards were broadcast live on NBC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20.