The biggest stars from all genres of music come together to celebrate the year’s achievements and musical milestones in the musical showcase that is the Billboard Music Awards. This year’s show say performances from everyone from Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez to Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood to a hologram performance by Michael Jackson. Every year the show tries to top the previous year’s show and this year succeeded.
The BBMAs are about celebrating music and the show can usually be mistaken for a concert with myriad interruptions for commercials and the occasional award. This year, however, the show had a more balanced lineup of awards and musical performances. Some of the night’s big highlight performances included: 5 Seconds of Summer singing their smash “She Looks So Perfect”, Imagine Dragons performing “Tiptoe“, hologram Michael Jackson’s rendition of “Slave to the Rhythm“, and the premiere of Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s “Somethin’ Bad“. All of the performances were interesting, to say the least, but thankfully there was no major publicity stunt that caused pandemonium and mayhem.
|Lambert and Underwood performing “Somethin’ Bad”|
The night’s big winners were Lorde with Top New Artist and Top Rock Song, Carrie Underwood who took home the Billboard Milestone Award, Jennifer Lopez who was the first female to be awarded the Icon Award, Imagine Dragons with five wins including Top Hot 100 Artist and Top Rock Artist, and Justin Timberlake with his 7 wins including Top Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album.
Carrie Underwood wore the lemon yellow Oriett Domenech Goddess Desire Gown. The Milestone Award winner looked classy and elegant as she walked the carpet in the gown. While it may have been overdressed for the BBMAs, the color helped to add a layer of playfulness and Underwood overshadowed all of the other styles on the carpet.
Kesha wore a black and gray gown with an elaborate mermaidesque train. Her dress was overstated and too elegant for the atmosphere of the Billboard Music Awards, but she looked healthy and gorgeous on the carpet.
Nikki Minaj walked the carpet in a black Alexander McQueen gown. She brought a serious and sultry style to the carpet with the dress’ strappy element.
Jennifer Lopez wore a sheer gown by Donna Karen to walk the red carpet. The sexy see-through scarlet gown featured a high slit and a plunging neckline.