contact)Monday, Might 22, 2017|7:56 a.m. Billboard Music Awards 2017
Release slideshow”It was Drake’s night at the 2017 Signboard Music Awards on Sunday at T-Mobile Arena, where the hip-hop star exceeded Adele as the most significant single-year winner ever with 13 awards– consisting of Leading Artist, the biggest reward. His efficiency was one to keep in mind, also, providing “Gyalchester” from existing album More Life from a floating phase in the Fountains of Bellagio, backed by plenty of pyrotechnics.
It might have looked like Drake bolted from grabbing awards onstage to his Bellagio program, but the performance (broadcast about 7:05 p.m. Vegas time) was actually pre-taped from the previous night. (Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran likewise “performed” at the BBMAS, both from their international trip stops.)
So which live acts were the most stunning face to face at T-Mobile? Here are our top 5.
1. Celine Dion The headliner of headliners wowed the crowd with a 20th anniversary performance of “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic, triggering an arena-wide sing-along– even Miley Cyrus joined in. If you thought Celine’s gorgeous white ensemble and crystalline voice underneath that big, hovering chandelier was something amazing on TV, it was even much better up close.
2. Cher Celine’s fellow Vegas local performer Cher got the Icon Award at this year’s Billboards and took the chance to provide a little slice of her career-spanning production currently running at the Monte Carlo’s Park Theater. She dropped a super-disco version of “Believe” and followed it up with ’80s classic “If I Could Reverse Time,” complete with that ’80s traditional outfit. Anticipate a boost in ticket sales.
3. Nicki Minaj Boosted by appearances by hitmaking collaborators Lil Wayne, Jason Derulo and David Guetta, the best-selling female rapper of all time opened the show with an action-packed nine minutes of elaborate sets, athletic dancers and dominatrix-Catwoman gear, carrying out “No Scams,” “Light My Body Up,” “Swalla” and “Remorse in Your Tears.”
4. Lorde It took a little while for the otherwise excitable audience to obtain into the 20-year-old New Zealand-born alt-popper’s efficiency, which was skillfully created as an afterhours karaoke booth where Lorde read her own lyrics to new hit “Green Light.” But her positive energy won everybody over for what proved to be among the coolest efficiencies of the night.
5. Julia Michaels Instantly after dance-pop chart-toppers (and Las Vegas resident DJs) The Chainsmokers played their song “Young,” up-and-coming singer/songwriter Michaels took to the smaller sized flooring phase and made her significant performance debut with single “Concerns.” It was the only time all night the generally substantial Signboard award show managed to develop a more intimate feel, and Michaels’ distinct voice and design presented rather the contrast to the mainstage bombast.