The popularity show of the music business, oh sorry, the Billboard Music Awards 2016, came in full force and glamor on May 22, 2016 with quite predictable winners and a category that included “Top Social Media Artist”. Seriously?! However, the night did have some great moments that involved strong live performances and a tearjerking Icon Award acceptance speech by Celine Dion, with a cameo by her first son, René Charles. Take a look at these highlights from the Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) 2016.
Reigning princess of Pop, Britney Spears, who threw innocence right out of school windows since the tender age of 16, performed a medley of her past hits, because she hasn’t had any in recent years. Songs from the past included “Work Bitch”, “Womanizer”, “Toxic”, “I’m A Slave 4 U”, etc. formed part of the performance, and the lady looked pretty fit with her dance moves and lip synced routine.
P!nk is a star in her own right, and there is no denying the 100% she gives in each performance. Putting her ballet lessons to use, she dangled and flew over the crowd, performing her OST single for Alice Through The Looking Glass, Just Like Fire. Unlike her pop princess counterpart, Brit-Brit, she actually sang live while hanging in the air.
Powerhouse Adele released the video for her single Send My Love (To Your New Lover) that was just beautiful beyond words, because it featured Adele herself. And that’s all that can be said, because it is Adele and therefore, a hit already. Watch the official video HERE.
Another great woman performer, Kesha came out with strong support from the audience as she performed Bob Dylan’s It Ain’t Me, Babe. Her vocals were on point, meaning she has been practicing her pipes a lot since she was on hiatus battling the evil Dr. Luke and his campaign to keep her off the stage.
Yesteryear pop star, Madonna paid tribute to the late Prince by singing one of his most famously penned ballads, Nothing Compares 2 U. But the cherry on the cake was none other than Stevie Wonder, who came on stage and performed a duet on Purple Rain. The purple visual effects and purple everything really set the tone for the well-paid tribute.
Aaand, moment of the night has to go to Celine Dion. Her golden vocals were on full display as she performed Queen’s The Show Must Go On. She was also there to accept the Icon Award, paying tribute to her late husband and strongest supporter, René Angelil. It’s been just four months since his passing, but she looked determined to not shed a tear, though that didn’t work as she was surprised on stage by her eldest son, René Charles, who came to present her with the award. Not a dry eye. The saddest thing we saw on TV this week since we got to know the story behind “Hodor”.