So, last night was Billboards night, this time it was the Music Awards, and as always, there were plenty of performances – not all of them amazing.
From legends like Celine Dion and Cher to newcomers like Camila Cabello, the night was awash with performances to fill the three hour plus show – a long time, I know!
Let’s have a quick look at the ten of the performances, from worst to best…
10. John Legend/Florida Georgia Line
Why did he perform? His vocals were as flawless as ever, but nobody asked for the collab – nor was it needed.
9. Ed Sheeran
Again, why did he perform? He wasn’t at the event, it was streamed through, and it was rather pointless. Also, when is he going to stop looping “Castle On The Hill,” and when will he perform other songs apart from this and “Shape Of You.”
8. Bruno Mars
Just like the previous two, why? Another streamed performance, this time of a ballad which just slowed down proceedings…on a fucking three-hour show! Sounded good though.
Go on, name something other than the setting of this performance – I bet half of you don’t even know the song (it was “Gyalchester.”) This performance wasn’t bad, but if this was performed inside, would anyone remember it? Probably not.
Well done to Drake though for a record breaking amount of wins in one night (13!!!).
6. Camila Cabello
This performance was decent, and for her first solo outing, it was pretty good – but you know what would have made it great, not fucking lip-syncing the chorus! Cabello sounded great through “I Have Questions” and the first verse of “Crying In The Club,” then out of nowhere comes the backing track and half-arsed dancing.
5. Miley Cyrus
Cyrus sounded great, she looked great and it was emotional. But the one thing that gets in the way of this performance is when you compare it to her last BBMA outing…what a change.
Yes, I should be over it by now, but I’m not. I don’t know if this woman is being real when she cried at the end, I don’t know if I believe that she’s clean of weed now – I just don’t know. That personally took away from the performance…
But if you’re over it, then yeah, this performance was great.
Lorde, how great is she?! After the moody debut, Pure Heroine, she has been able to stop, put some disco lights on herself and come back as a karaoke queen.
While the karaoke concept may have been better on paper than it turned out – mainly because of her awkward stage-sharers – Lorde sounded amazing and looked as though she has a tonne of fun.
The best thing about watching Lorde perform is seeing how into the music she gets, it’s magical, and even if you don’t like the song (which I do, IT’S FUCKING AMAZING), you can’t help but smile.
3. Nicki Minaj Medley
Opening the show is a nerve-wracking thing, not that you’d tell by Miss Minaj’s nine-minute opener.
Slaying through hits like “No Frauds,” “Swalla,” “Light My Body Up” and “Regret In Your Tears,” Minaj stood tall (or doggy styles it proud) and owned it – showing up every guest, which included Jason Derulo, Lil Wayne and David Guetta.
The performance wasn’t flawless though, Minaj insisted on used backing track over the singing songs (EVEN THOUGH SHE CAN HOLD A NOTE) and transitions between songs could have been slicker – these minor things didn’t impact the performance as a whole.
The stage presence this woman has is remarkable, and we can’t wait for her new era!
This woman is 71-years-old…71!!!
Cher owned the stage with her costumes that someone her age shouldn’t look good in (she did), her voice (listen to Madonna, 15 years younger) and her stage presence – she walked across the stage like it was nothing.
Belting two of her biggest hits, “Believe” and “Turn Back Time,” Cher really did “Turn Back Time” to her hey-day (she’s still making great music!) and it was amazing
The only thing that stopped Cher and our number one being joint first was Cher’s use of the backing track.
Icon award is well placed with this woman!
1. Celine Dion
How can a ballad take the crown?
Well, when your ballad is as timeless and epic as “My Heart Will Go On,” and is sang as well as Dion did on the night, easily.
Simple staging, no theatrics, just a flute, some lighted diamonds and one of the best voices alive, Celine Dion took the BBMA’s by storm.
Just like on a Whitney song, we always wait for the final chorus to hit, and my god, did she deliver?! Her powerful yet controlled vocals left even the toughest of people’s lip shaking.
Celebrating 20 years since the song’s release, Dion did not just the song, but it’s soundtracked film, proud!
Do you agree with our choices? Let us know in the comments who your number one would be!