The Michael Jackson
hologram is the biggest story at this year’s Billboard Music Awards, but even without that polarizing decision, there’s plenty of reason to tune in to tonight’s broadcast. That said, we completely
understand if you skipped the thing.
The festivities started with Pitbull croaking his way through the official 2014 World Cup song “We Are One (Ole Ola),” before Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte did what they could to salvage the thing. What we’re saying is, it can only go uphill from there. And it soon did, as Iggy Azalea teamed up with both Charli XCX and Ariana Grande for a pair smash hits.
Head below to watch all the performances. More »
The 2014 Billboard Music Awards are underway, live from Las Vegas! To go along with the totally relevant and timely decision to have Ludacris
host, naturally things started with one of the most inconsequential awards of the night, Top Rock Album. Seems that even the BBMA cabal knows the performances
are the real draw.
Anyway, hometown heroes Imagine Dragons took home that first trophy. That was about 45 minutes ago and there’s only been one other award handed out. Like we said, the hardware isn’t the priority tonight. Check out the full winners list below, which we swear will get longer throughout the night. More »
There’s a rumor swirling that a Michael Jackson
hologram will appear at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards Sunday (May 18), and according to Showbiz411
, it’ll be for a “performance” of Xscape
song “Slave To The Rhythm.” The site says the man behind the 2012 Tupac Shakur
Coachella projection, John Textor, has been tasked with the MJ imaging for the ceremony (guess he bounced back from bankruptcy
The only MJ-related news for the BBMAs is the mysterious announcement of a “world premiere experience” which only offered up that it would present the King of Pop “like you’ve never seen him before.” Oh god, that sounds exactly like a plan for a holo-Jacko! Just please don’t let it involve Justin Bieber. More »
joins the ranks at this year’s Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (May 18). No announcement has been made regarding what song she’ll perform, but she’s been trotting out “Empire”
all over TV in recent weeks, so maybe it’s time to turn up for “Dare (La La La)?”
She joins previously announced performers including Katy Perry (doing “Birthday”)
, Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande
, Miley Cyrus
, Jennifer Lopez
, Jason Derulo
, Imagine Dragons
In other BBMA news, Ludacris has been announced as the host for this year’s broadcast. Maybe that means the ATL star made progress on Ludaversal! More »
has been added to the star-studded list of performers at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. The superstar will treat viewers to the first television performance of “Birthday,”
via satellite during Sunday’s broadcast. So while she won’t be there in person, we’ll get to see a bit of her Prismatic World Tour
in action that isn’t fan video.
Perry is up for three awards, and she joins previously announced performers Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Lorde, Jason Derulo, Imagine Dragons and more. More »
2014 continues to be Iggy Azalea
‘s year. The Aussie MC will join Ariana Grande
on Sunday (May 18) for a live performance of their hit collab “Problem”
at the Billboard Music Awards
, plus she’ll perform her own hit “Fancy.”
Both songs are currently in the top five of the Hot 100, making Iggy Iggz the first female rapper to accomplish that.
Azalea and Grande join previously announced BBMA performers including Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Jason Derulo, Imagine Dragons and John Legend. And there’s more: Lorde will perform the television debut of “Tennis Court,” and Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood will do the same for their duet “Somethin’ Bad.” More »
misjudged his stage jump at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (May 19) and ended up leg-slamming one girl in the head and kicking another one in the dome
, our first reaction was unstoppable laughter, obviously. But once we replayed it a couple times, and in slo-mo, we realized, whoa
, he really clobbered these gals and they may actually be injured. But the singer was quick to tweet that one of the innocent bystanders, Khyati, was OK
. And he was very apologetic with her in a backstage interview after the incident, which you can watch up top. Khyati had an icebag on her arm during the debrief, but she was well enough to savvily pull off a power play, emphasizing that the singer will “hopefully make up for” the too-close encounter.
This is great. But you guys, it’s always Khyati, Khyati, Khyati! What about the other victim?? More »
Last night’s Billboard Music Awards
scored a huge ratings win. Which just goes to show, if you build a bloated broadcast around the highest-selling musicians in pop, the people who made them the highest-selling musicians in pop will come. In addition to bringing in 9.4 million viewers (up 28% from last year’s 7.4M total), the Sunday (May 19) broadcast was number one in the 18-49 demographic, which is pretty much the only thing advertisers care about. Obviously Tracy Morgan
was the X factor this time around. More »
Look, we understand why people don’t like Justin Bieber
. But for people to dislike him strongly enough to expend energy actually booing him at a function as stale as the Billboard Music Awards
? That was a little odd. I mean, nobody booed Chris Brown
last night! Only, like, two people booed Kid Rock
for having the audacity
to insult the night’s lip-synchers. But a sizable number of people booing Bieber for winning a fan-voted award? That was strange.
Bieber himself seemed a little flummoxed as the rumble of boos cascaded down, and he went off-script, saying, “I really just want to say, it should really be about the music. It should be about the craft, the craft that I’m making.” Using the C-word surely didn’t help is cause, and he continued, “This is not a gimmick, I’m not — I’m an artist, and I should be taken seriously. And all this other bull should not be spoken of.” Watch up top — the drama starts at 1:30. More »
The 2013 Billboard Music Awards
are now behind us, but the winners
and crazy, neck-breaking moments
will live on the Internet forever, for us to dissect. Online critics had plenty to say about Billboard
‘s annual shindig, this year staged at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. From Miguel
‘s stage jump to Madonna
‘s acceptance speech to the surprisingly audible heckling Justin Bieber
faced when he stepped up to receive his Milestone Award, the Internet had its choice of topics to cover. More »