KELLY Clarkson broke down in tears at the Billboard Music Awards last night as she called for a "moment of action" after the Texas school shooting on Friday.
The singer wiped away tears as she spoke about the atrocity in her home state and begged for an end to gun violence.
American Idol winner Kelly, 36, hosted the awards, and made an emotional appeal for change after the Texas school shooting.
Two teachers and eight students were massacred by a teen gunman at the high school in Santa Fe last week.
She cried as she told the crowd: "Before we start the show tonight there's something I'd like to say. This is going to be so hard.
"There's something I would like to say about the tragedy Friday at Santa Fe High School.
"I'm a Texas girl and my home state has had so much heartbreak over the past year and once again y'all we're grieving for more kids that have died for an absolute no reason at all.
"And tonight they wanted me to say that obviously we want to pray for all the victims, we want to pray for all the families.
"They also wanted me to do a moment of silence and I'm so sick of moment of silence, my God, it's not working like obviously."
She began to cry and the pop star apologised to the crowd as she continued.
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Kelly said: "Why don't we not do a moment of silence? Why don't we do a moment of action?
"Why don't we do a moment of change? Why don't we change what's happening? Because it's horrible."
Kelly, who looked stunning in a dramatic black dress which featured statement shoulder detailing and a thigh high split, then launched into a medley of hits by Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Shawn Mendes.
Who were the big winners at the Billboard Music Awards 2018?
Top Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top New Artist: Khalid
Billboard Chart Achievement Award:
Top Male Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Top Duo/Group: Imagine Dragons
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Drake
Top Hot 100 Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top Streaming Songs Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Top Song Sales Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top Radio Songs Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top Social Artist: BTS
Top Touring Artist: U2
Top R&B Artist: Bruno Mars
Top R&B Male Artist: Bruno Mars
Top R&B Female Artist: SZA
Top R&B Tour: Bruno Mars
Top Rap Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Top Rap Male Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Top Rap Female Artist: Cardi B
Top Rap Tour: JAY-Z
Top Country Artist: Chris Stapleton
Top Country Male Artist: Chris Stapleton
Top Country Female Artist: Maren Morris
Top Country Duo/Group Artist: Florida Georgia Line
Top Country Tour: Luke Bryan
Top Rock Artist: Imagine Dragons
Top Rock Tour: U2
Top Latin Artist: The Chainsmokers
Top Christian Artist: MercyMe
Top Gospel Artist: Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Top Billboard 200 Album: Kendrick Lamar “DAMN”
Top Selling Album: Taylor Swift “Reputation”
Top Soundtrack: Moana
Top Rap Album: Kendrick Lamar “DAMN”
Top Country Album: Chris Stapleton “From A Room: Volume 1”
Top Rock Album: Imagine Dragons “Evolve”
Top Latin Album: Ozuna “Odisea”
Top Dance/Electronic Album: The Chainsmokers “Memories…Do Not Open”
Top Christian Album: Alan Jackson “Precious Memories Collection”
Top Gospel Album: Tasha Cobbs Leonard “Heart. Passion. Pursuit.”
Top Hot 100 Song: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
Top Streaming Song (Audio): Kendrick Lamar “HUMBLE.”
Top Streaming Song (Video): Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito”
Top Selling Song: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
Top Radio Song: Ed Sheeran “Shape of You”
Top Collaboration: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber "Despacito"
Top R&B Song: Bruno Mars “That’s What I Like”
Top Rap Song: Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar”
Top Country Song: Sam Hunt, “Body Like A Back Road”
Top Rock Song: Imagine Dragons “Believer”
Top Latin Song: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito”
Top Dance/Electronic Song: The Chainsmokers & Coldplay “Something Just Like This”
Top Christian Song: Hillsong Worship “What A Beautiful Name”
Top Gospel Song: J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise “You Deserve It”
The glitzy event saw Taylor Swift light up the red carpet, Ariana Grande open the show on the eve of the Manchester Arena bombing anniversary and Janet Jackson perform for the first time in nine years.
Ed Sheeran was the big winner, scooping six gongs, including the coveted Top Artist prize.
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