Billboard Music Awards
The Billboard Music Awards aired May 22nd 2016 on ABC at 8PM. The musical night included so many talented artists that, by the end of the show, you forgot half of the performers. To start the night off, Britney Spears performed a medley of her biggest hits, including songs like “Work Bitch,” “Womanizer,” “I Love Rock N’ Roll,” “Breathe on Me,” “I’m a Slave 4 U,” “Touch of My Hand,” and finally “Toxic.” The two most iconic songs missing were “Baby One More Time,” and “Oops, I Did It Again.” The performances continued with P!nk performing her song “Just Like Fire,” (and she was on fire with that performance); she was doing acrobats over the crowd while belting the song and hitting every note spot on. It goes to show you just how talented P!nk really is. Ariana Grande also performed her new single “Into You”; she began with “Dangerous Woman” on a piano and then got the crowd moving their feet by playing the new dance single. DNCE performed their hit “Cake By The Ocean,” and Joe Jonas, the lead singer, went into the crowd to energize them even more. Fifth Harmony performed their current hit “Work From Home,” and it was a performance that had people dreaming about actually working from home. Another memorable performance was Rihanna singing her new single “Love on the Brain”: this was a ballad song that showed off Rihanna’s range, and that she can sing well and emote every lyric she writes. New couple Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani performed their duet “Go Ahead and Break My Heart”. The song was full of love a positive vibes, and Gwen Stefani’s outfit was stunning which only added greatness to the performance. One of the most emotional performances of the night was Kesha singing Bob Dylan’s song “It Ain’t Me Babe”; the song was acoustic which allowed the crowd to sit back and listen to the emotion that Kesha must be feeling. It made people in the audience cry at some points because of what Kesha has been through, and seeing her up there singing a Bob Dylan song is a relief because it is a sign that hopefully things are getting better. The top two performances in my opinion have to be Céline Dion’s cover of “The Show Must Go On,” and Madonna and Stevie Wonder’s tribute to Prince. Dion’s performance was emotional and empowering because she recently lost her husband, and you could feel every single word she sang because the song connected so much with her. The tribute to Prince was emotional and fun at the same time; everyone who likes music loves Prince, and for Madonna and Stevie Wonder to pay tribute to Prince was perfect. Madonna and Stevie Wonder are a two of the biggest artists from the 80’s around today, which is why it was a smart move for them to pay tribute to Prince. Overall the night was full of music and magical history that only the Billboard Music Awards could pull off.