Saturday 25 November 2017

Billboard Music Awards top 6 moments: Kanye's smokescreen, Mariah's bronchitis and the Jenners get booed

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The cream of pop talent turned out for the star-studded Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas last night.

And from Ed Sheeran's rocking performance to Mariah Carey's valiant but not quite stellar effort to Kanye's predominantly silent (due to censored expletives) and smoke-obscured rendition of 'All Day' it was a ceremony that ranged from brilliant to bad to bizarre.

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea get ready to bust some moves for Pretty Girls. Although not sing, allegedly.
Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea get ready to bust some moves for Pretty Girls. Although not sing, allegedly.
Kylie and Kendall Jenner introduce big brother in law Kanye and get booed for doing so.
Taylor and Calvin share a moment.
The faces of happiness
And he congratulates her win with a big body hug.
Kanye West performs All Day - he's in there somewhere
There he is!
Finally, we see the man!
Mariah Carey performs a medley of songs despite battling bronchitis
One Direction accept the award for top touring artist
Louis Tomlinson, from left, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, and Liam Payne of One Direction accept the award for top duo/group and thank their 'brother Zayn'

Here are our most memorable moments of the night:

Kylie and Kendall get booed

The youngest sisters of the Kardashian/Jenner clan - Kendall (19) and Kylie (17) - were booed as they introduced big brother-in-law Kanye West to the stage. Maybe it was down to Kylie's inflated lips controversy, or simply their Kanye connection.  Either way it was awkward.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17: Models Kendall Jenner (L) and Kylie Jenner speak onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Larry Busacca/BMA2015/Getty Images for dcp)

Kanye performs (or does he?)

Kanye was heavily censored during his 'All Day' performance on the BRITs earlier this year leaving viewers at home listening to the aural equivalent of old-school dial-up internet.

Not one to change his plans to suit anyone, however, Kanye persisted in performing the expletive-laden track again at the Billboards.

Viewers at home watched a predominantly silent performance, which was made even more bizarre by the fact that Kanye was obscured by flames and smoke on stage.

Maybe he wasn't even there and it was an imposter singing 'All Day' and 'Black Skinhead'?  Stranger things have happened.


Mariah Carey soldiers on

Poor Mariah.  In December she was slammed for a sub-par performance at the Rockefeller Centre in New York and fans weren't too impressed with her efforts at the Billboard awards either.

However, it wasn't for want of trying or training - Mariah (45) was hit by a bout of bronchitis this week but battled on to perform Vision of Love and her new track Infinity at the Las Vegas venue.

Fair play to her, the trooper.

One Direction pay tribute to 'brother Zayn'

It seems the 1D lads are officially over IT, it being the departure of 22-year-old Zayn Malik from the band in March.

The assuaged their poor fans' fears that WWIII would erupt by paying tribute to theri "brother Zayn" in their first acceptance speech for the Top Due/Group award.

"I just want to say, Billboard, you guys have been so amazing throughout our career, thank you for the support and as well as our fans, there's one more person to share this with and that's our brother Zayn, so thank you very much," said peacekeeper Liam Payne.



Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris share a little PDA

Super-talented Taylor Swift (25) had a stellar night at the Billboard Awards, scooping eight awards including the most coveted - Top Artist.

She also went public with her relationship with DJ and producer Calvin Harris (31), who she has been dating since they locked eyes at the BRITs.

Had there been a Most Adorable Music Couple gong he probably would have scooped her up on stage to accept it together, hand in hand, cheek to cheek...


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Taylor Swift, right, hugs Calvin Harris after winning the award for top billboard 200 album for 1989 at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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Recording artists Taylor Swift (L) and Calvin Harris attend the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/BMA2015/WireImage)

Britney and Iggy perform (but allegedly don't sing) 'Pretty Girls'

Britney Spears' and Iggy Azalea's collaboration 'Pretty Girls' is the epitome of the earworm summer pop track, the kind you don't mind lodging in your head despite those appalling lyrics.

They filmed a pretty fun 80s-inspired video too so their performance at the Billboard Music Awards was one of the most highly anticipated of the night.

And they didn't disappoint.  They were good.  It was smooth.  But some are suggesting it was too smooth, namely Perez Hilton who is claiming a source has revealed it was pre-recorded.

Pre-recorded or not, it's a joy to watch.  We particularly like Britney's old-school chest pumping.

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