The Billboard Awards did it big as always, calling out some of the music industry’s biggest starts including Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Pitbull, Miguel, Taylor Swift and many more to rock the stage. In case you missed it, we’ve summed up some of the night’s most memorable moments.
If you didn’t get a chance to watch the big awards show, but don’t want to have the awkward moment at the water cooler when you have no idea what everyone else is talking about, we have come to the rescue.
This year’s award show was packed with incredible performances, unfortunate slip-ups, tons of meme-worthy moments, and some rather questionable decisions.
Things kicked off with Bruno Mars performing his song “Treasure” as he grooved along to a matching band behind him.
He definitely channeled his inner Motown for an incredible performance.
Then the hip-hop newbie, Macklemore, and producer Ryan Lewis took to the stage at a different venue, the Wynn Las Vegas, where they performed the catchy tune “Thrift Shop” that has quickly become every college kid’s anthem. Macklemore rapped, “I’m gonna pop some tags, only got $20 in my pocket.”
Apparently, the song appeals to more than financially struggling college kids, because the pair took the award for Best Rap Song.
Another great performance that we weren’t expecting came from David Guetta, crowned the best EMD artist, who took over with some crazy neon lights and showed everyone why he deserved the award in the first place.
The big surprise came when in the midst of him doing what he does best, Akon and NeYo come onto the scene to turn up the party a little more. It was certainly a wild performance but we were wondering how Lil Wayne’s epilepsy would be affected by all those flashing neon lights.
Speaking of Lil Wayne, not every performance went off without a hitch.
When it was Nicki Minaj’s turn to hit the stage and perform “High School” we were initially very impressed. She was dressed like a normal human being rather than a raggedy Ann doll in drag, and then Lil Wayne came out.
Where Nicki stepped up, Lil Wayne fell flat, strolling onto the stage looking like he had just woken up a five minutes before it was time for him to be on stage.
He rolled up one leg of what appeared to be some pajama pants and delivered a pretty lackluster performance overall. Nicki, on the other hand, was killing the stage until she set things up for yet another Lil Wayne lap dance.
We understand that not every award show can be G-rated and that’s fine, but we were kind of disappointed, since we’ve all seen this before. Was the Billboard Awards really the place to do the same old same old?
To make matters worse, when Nicki threw her leg over Weezy we noticed a huge problem with those black leggings – they were a little more see-through than they should have been. So as the hip-hop Barbie danced the night away, we were stuck looking at her butt crack because the curvy rapper opted out of wearing underwear as well.
Maybe she was trying to prove that she actually didn’t have butt pads? Who knows?
Even then, however, Nicki didn’t show off as much skin as Jennifer Lopez (and no, that is not a typo).
The mother of two came out in a red one-piece with thigh-high red boots and feather sleeves to perform her hit “Live It Up” with Pitbull.
While the ensemble reminded us of a stripper version of that red thing from the cartoon Marvin Martian, we certainly enjoyed the actual performance.
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