The 2017 Billboard Music Awards spent most of its three plus hours, hosted by Vanessa Hudgens and Ludacris, with 15 performances that ran the gamut of genres…
But Drake literally walked away with the show snatching 13 awards, beating Adele with the most wins in one night. Drake racked up 10 awards in the pre-telecast, and one for Top Male Artist before getting Top Artist, beating Adele’s record. It’s pretty well-deserved, considering he dominated last year with Views. He also delivered a show-stopping performance in the middle of the fountain at the Bellagio. Midway through the telecast he said:
“It’s crazy that we’re all here on earth for a limited amount of time, and we gotta show love while we’re here… Vanessa Hudgens, you look incredible tonight.“
Later Hudgens said that she was on the invite list for his afterparty, so…
Twenty One Pilots and Beyoncé were also big winners on the night, with five BBMAs apiece and The Chainsmokers earned four.Nicki Minaj opened the show with medley that included her Remy Ma diss track No Frauds, with Lil Wayne, David Guetta‘s Light My Body Up, Jason Derulo‘s Swalla and her own Regret In Your Tears.
Diddy payed tribute to The Notorious B.I.G. on what would have been his 45th birthday and debuted the trailer for his upcoming Bad Boy Records documentary Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop.
Camila Cabello and Miley Cyrus both delivered the live debuts of their new singles and Lorde performed her Green Light as if it were awkward karaoke tune. That country fox Sam Hunt and the amazing John Legend turned in two memorable performances as well.
Celine Dion –inside a giant crystal chandelier– performed My Heart Will Go On for the 20th anniversary of Titanic, singing the challenging track seemingly without effort and getting extended standing O. One of THE big moments of the night.
But no one is bigger than Cher in Vegas. She was presented the Icon Award by Gwen Stefani who said she has “proved there’s nothing she cannot do”, but not before she brought the house to their feet doing her iconic Believe and If I Could Turn Back Time with completely different looks for each performance (a day after her 71st birthday, she pointed out.)
“I’ve wanted to do what I do since I was four years old, and I’ve been doing it for 53 years. I think luck has so much to do with with my success… I think it was mostly luck and a little bit of something thrown in.“
Yes, that little bit of something that she has a LOT of.