Best Superstar Coronation: Halsey
"So, like, two years ago, I was a 19-year-old girl from New Jersey," Halsey said to an adoring audience. "That's not something I was proud of then but I'm proud to tell you that now." That intimate moment came about halfway through a set that rivaled anything else for emotional intensity, provocative flare and brow-singeing pyrotechnics. Her style of arena-pop – panoramic electronic soundscapes that rumble to thick bass synths and shimmer with cybernetic frippery – was well-matched by rains of sparks, spurts of cold white flame and massive projections that placed her at the center of world-ending cyclones, android armies and Dune-like wastelands. She wrapped herself around a pole as a black-clad dancer spun circles above, duetted with her childhood hero Brendon Urie on Panic! At the Disco's "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" and led the crowd in a sing-along to her own "New Americana."