The Best and Worst Moments Of The Billboard Music Awards
  • MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017

  • Posted by: Mandi Dudek

The 2017 Billboard Music Awards went down last night and it was hosted by Ludacris and Vanessa Hudgens and held in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was pretty much Drake's night, who took home 13 awards, including Top Artist. But the night was full of pop A-listers and hot up-and-coming artists, incredible performances and more outfit changes from Vanessa Hudgens than anyone could wrap their head around.

But there were some mishaps during the three hour long production, too. So here's a little recap of the best and worst moments from the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.

THE BEST:

1. Everything Drake.

On top of winning over a dozen awards and breaking the record for most awards won by a single artist, Drake also blew everyone's minds with his performance of "Gyalchester" in the middle of the Fountains of Bellagio. He also gave a couple of the best acceptance speeches of the night - complimenting Vanessa Hudgens on how great she looked, attempting to squash the long-standing beef with Luda, thanking Lil Wayne for taking risks with him, telling Nicki Minaj she was the "love of his life," and taking a shot of Virginia Black whiskey straight out of the bottle. And he also said one of the best lines of the night (that was absurdly bleeped out because national television): "Life is like toilet paper. You're either on a roll or you're taking shit from an asshole." We love you, Drake.





2. Celine Dion singing "My Heart Will Go On."

In honor of Titanic's 20th anniversary, Celine Dion put on a flawless performance of "My Heart Will Go On." She stood in the same spot during the performance, underneath chandelier-esque lights, but we're pretty sure nobody took their eyes off her. How 'bout that dress, too.



3. Diddy pays tribute to Notorious B.I.G and brings out Biggie's son.

Sunday would have been Biggie Small's 45th birthday and to pay tribute to the legendary Brooklyn rapper, the late rapper's former best friend, Diddy, made a surprise appearance at the award show. He shouts out Biggie's mom, Ms. Voletta Wallace, and brought out Big's son, CJ Wallace. Diddy also premiered the trailer to a new documentary that'll be out on June 25th via Apple Music called Can't Stop Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story.



4. Lorde's karaoke performance of "Green Light."

Lorde made us all want to run down to the nearest karaoke bar and mimic that performance of "Green Light." Lorde threw her own karaoke party in a set designed like a downtown karaoke bar and it looked like SO much fun.



5. Nicki Minaj's 9-minute long opening performance.

Nicki Minaj kicked off and the girl definitely knows how to make a statement. It was nine minutes of hits such as "Beez in the Trap," "Starships," "Moment For Life," "Light My Body Up," "Swalla," "No Frauds," "Change It," and her newest release "Regret In Your Tears." She was joined onstage by David Guetta, Lil Wayne, and Jason Derulo. The performance included lots of twerking and crazy costumes, in true Nicki fashion.



6. Cher winning Billboard Icon Award.

Cher's 71st birthday was on Saturday, and she's looking better than most 31-year-olds out there. She won this year's Billboard Icon Award and not only did she give one hell of an acceptance speech, but she performed two of her most legendary songs, "Turn Back Time" and "Do You Believe?" wearing two different incredible costumes, one of which included a pink-tipped wig and heart-shaped pasties. What a legend.





7. Miley Cyrus performing "Malibu."

After Miley's sister, Noah Cyrus, announced the performance by joking, "for the first time in years with pants on, my sister, Miley Cyrus!", Miley took the stage to sing her newest single, "Malibu." It's a pop-country twang song that goes back to her roots, for a Miley we haven't seen in awhile. She even shed some tears at the end of her performance. She's come a long way since her "Wrecking Ball" days.



THE WORST:

1. Chainsmokers performance was pretty off.

Chainsmokers were sounding extremely pitchy in their performance of "Young" at the Billboards last night. They just can't seem to win over the hearts of all the critics. It was a little awkard. But that wasn't the only 'worst' moment for the duo. During their acceptance speech for "Closer," Halsey got to the mic first but Drew Taggart and Alex Pall delivered speeches, barely giving her time to talk. Halsey also fan-girled over Drake. Which was also a little awkward.



2. The lack of tribute for Chris Cornell.

The Soundgarden and Audioslave singer, Chris Cornell, was honored at last night's award show, but hardly got even 1/4th of what he deserves. Cornell died last week at only 52 and Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons gave a few words to remember the singer. "Soundgarden and Audioslave's Chris Cornell was a true innovator, a musical architect and a pioneer on the cutting edge of the Seattle grunge movement." Imagine Dragons tribute performance was also a little sloppy. Reynolds was shouting into the mic the whole time and it was all a bit uncomfortable.



3. The hosting.

Vanessa Hudgens and Ludacris tried really hard to be exceptional hosts at the Billboard Music Awards. But they fell a little short. The two didn't have chemistry on stage and Vanessa Hudgens gave two musical impression right off the bat: one of Celine Dion and one of Nicki Minaj. The Celine Dion impression went over ok, but, it's Celine Dion so there was no comparison. The Nicki Minaj one left Drake extremely unimpressed. Hudgens also had an unnecessary amount of outfit changes throughout the three hours. But Hudgens already confirmed they renewed her contract for next year. Oops.

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