Written by Emilee Lindner • Photography by Getty Images • May 22, 2017
The 2017 Billboard Music Awards boasted some major talent on Sunday night (May 21) when it broadcasted live from Las Vegas. Among the big names were Bruno Mars, Cher, Celine Dion, Lorde, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Drake and Miley Cyrus (and there were more), but these six performances were the musical moments of the night that truly stood out. Check them out below:
If you haven't swooned over Bruno Mars before, Sunday night might've changed everything for you. Despite all your best efforts, there's no way you couldn't be wooed by his performance of "Versace on the Floor." Mars took the sultry 24K Magic cut and started it off really slow and easy, putting his pitch-perfect vocals on a pedestal for their full effect. But the tempo picked up, and Bruno, along with his Hooligans, busted out a sort of retro funk ballad that had his urging everyone to "take it off for me, for me, for me." See Bruno Mars on tour this summer and fall.
Celine Dion reminded us all of her icon status as she celebrated the 20th anniversary of her most popular song, "My Heart Will Go On," from Titantic. Standing in the middle of a crystal chandelier, the diva had the whole theater singing along as she belted out the legendary ballad and doled out goosebumps to everyone watching. Catch more Celine Dion at Caesars Palace in Vegas.
Malibu has become Miley Cyrus' haven, and she sang its praises at the awards show. To her, Malbu isn't just the place where she resides; it's where she found a lost romance and feels safe. Her emotional connection to the song was felt while she yelped out the chorus toward the end, barely getting the last verse out through her tears. Get tickets to see Miley this summer.
Drake steps up his theatrics every time he performs, but no one could've seen this one coming. The rapper did his thing at the Billboard Music Awards from the middle of the famous Bellagio fountain in Las Vegas. With water dancing in the background and fire blasting every which way, any viewer might have the feeling Drake was in a massive blockbuster, rather than an awards show.
Usually when artists perform at awards shows, they bring their newest song. But since Nicki Minaj has too many new songs to choose from, she just performed them all. Minaj cruised through "No Frauds," "Light My Body Up," "Swalla" and "Regret in Your Tears" with the fierceness that we more than expect from one of rap's greats.
Cher accepted the Icon Award at last night's show, and in return, she gave Sin City performances of two of her huge hits: 1998's "Believe" and 1989's "Turn Back Time." With her elaborate outfits and outlandish wigs, the show was pure Cher. While giving a speech for her award, she thanked those who worked with her and found the "special" within her, including her mom and Sonny Bono. She also said, at 71, she can do a five-minute plank. We believe it. Grab tickets to Cher's Vegas residency.