Las Vegas was LIT last night and we’re not talking about the city lights. The 2017 Billboard Music Awards aired live from the T-Mobile Arena in Vegas, honoring the biggest music artists on the top 100 Billboard chart.
Hip-hop veteran Ludacris and singer Vanessa Hudgens hosted the award show, giving the audience great energy throughout the night. Hudgens even showed off her rapping skills spitting some hot bars between breaks. You go girl!
Nicki Minaj opened the award show with a #MinajMelody and performed bangers like “No Frauds,” “Light Up My Body” and “Swalla.” According to Billboard, The Queen of Rap made history as she passed soul singer Aretha Franklin for the most appearances on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
And history didn’t stop there. Drizzy Drake set an incredible record last night, winning 13 awards including Top Male Artist and Top Artist. He beat Adele’s record.
Hip Hop mogul Diddy made an appearance at the BBMAS. He took the stage to pay homage to the Notorious B.I.G. who would’ve celebrated his 45th birthday yesterday. Diddy also released the trailer of the upcoming Bad Boy Records documentary, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop.
“It all started with the Notorious B.I.G.,” Diddy said. “Big sold over 25 million records worldwide; his Ready to Die album, his Life After Death album, classics…Biggie was the best rapper I ever had the chance to work with. Watching him, seeing him work is something that words can’t explain.”
Two major icons in the music industry hit the arena stage with incredible performances. First up was Celine Dion who celebrated the 20th anniversary of the classic film Titanic. She performed “My Heart Will Go Home.”
Next, was the incomparable Cher who just celebrated her 71st birthday, and STILL looks amazing. She took the stage to sing “Believe” and “If I Could Turn Back Time.” Cher was also presented with The Icon Award.
“Thank you. So, I wanted to do what I do since I was 4 years old, and I’ve been doing it for 53 years. That is not an applause thing; I’m 71 yesterday!,” Cher said.
Though Queen Bey wasn’t able to attend, she did take home five awards, including Top Female Artist, Top R&B Artist, and Top Touring Artist. Go Bey!
The night was filled with nonstop excitement. Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Sam Hunte, John Ledged and more took the stage. R&B sensation Bruno Mars closed the evening singing his sensuous ballad, “Versace on the Floor.”
Congratulations to all the winners of the night and job well done to the performers!
Written by: Tiffany Hercules