Yesterday, Billboard hosted the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. The ceremony was packed with jaw-dropping performances and emotional speeches from the star-studded guests.
Since we know how difficult it is to stay up on a Sunday night, we put together a list of “must know” moments for you to discuss with your coworkers and friends today.
Britney Spears made everyone her slave again with her opening performance, featuring a medley of her songs, including “Womanizer,” “I’m A Slave 4 U,” and “Toxic.” Britney was honored with the Millennium Award last night, being only the third artist to ever do so (Beyonce and Whitney Houston were the other recipients).
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Our Hearts Will Go On…
Celine Dion paid tribute to her late husband last night with a performance of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On.” Her performance left everyone in tears. Also adding to the water flow was Dion’s son surprising her when presenting her with the Icon Award.
Stars - They’re Just Like Us!
I think when we see celebrities walking in long extravagant gowns, a small part of us likes to see them trip. It’s a nice reminder that they’re human, too. Jennifer Lawrence usually fuels this need for us, but since she wasn’t there last night, Ariana Grande tripped on camera for everyone. What a team player!
A Standing Ovation
Despite confusion and drama the week prior concerning Kesha’s BBMA performance and her ongoing battle with Dr. Luke, Kesha performed a cover of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe.” Her raw performance and triumphant return resulted in a standing ovation, the longest of the night.
A Questionable Tribute
When it was announced that Madonna was to be giving a tribute to Prince at the BBMAs, many people were not pleased. As Madonna performed his ballad “Nothing Compares 2 U” and then a duet of “Purple Rain" with surprise guest Stevie Wonder (also sung along by the audience), viewers took to social media to announce their support or displeasure. BET even took to Twitter to throw some shade:
I guess we’ll see who BET elects to honor the icon.