Men lie, women lie. Numbers don’t, especially in the music world. This is why the Billboard Awards has such prominence in music, because it lets the numbers speak for themselves. 2014 was no different has the awards held the biggest names in music over the last year including Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Pitbull, and Katy Perry. Hosted by Ludacris, this years show was definitely a snoozer, but it still led to some memorable moments including bringing back the dead, a cry for love, and a birthday party. Peep the performances that I enjoyed the most below, and the winners!
1. Michael Jackson Hologram
The most memorable (and eerie) part of the night came from the King Of Pop. Yes, Michael Jackson made his way to the Billboard Awards in the form of a Hologram. Performing his new record Slave To The Rhythm, although Michael was a hologram, the dancers around him were all real, which made it spooky and cool at the same time. As a Jackson fan, so many emotions ran through my mind including being downright happy, scared, and sad: all in one. Yet, as we have all said time and time again, Michael continues to live on through his music!
2. Katy Perry Birthday Party
If it isn’t your birthday, Katy Perry is going to make sure you party like it is anyways! Although she could not be live in Vegas, Perry was shown at the Newcastle Metro Radio Arena in the UK performing her latest single Birthday. This color-filled bash ended with Perry flying through the air, as balloons fall through the crowd. If you did not want to go to Perry’s Prismatic tour this summer before, this performance will change your mind.
3. Robin Thicke Attempts To Get Her Back
Paula Patton was so done with Robin Thicke’s lying, cheating ways that she seperated from him earlier this year. Yet, while 2013 was the year of Thicke stepping out, he is now aiming to get his lady back. Performing his new track Get Her Back, Thicke pours our his heart and soul for the love of his life. I do hope this couple gets back on track soon, but until then, Thicke can keep giving us these emotional ballads.
4. Jason Derulo Talks Dirty
Introduced by girlfriend Jordin Sparks, Jason Derulo urbanized the award show, performing various tracks from his Talk Dirty album, including Talk Dirty, Marry Me, and Wiggle with Snoop Dogg.
5. Jennifer Lopez Reflects On Her First Love
Before receiving the Icon Award, Jennifer Lopez gives us a Diana Ross-esque performance as she slayed with her new single First Love. Though her first couple of singles might have struggled to catch the fans attention, this performance definitely won many over.
Who was your favorite performer?
2014 Billboard Award Winners:
Artist Of The Year: Justin Timberlake
Top Radio Songs Artist: Justin Timberlake
Top Radio Song: Robin Thicke (featuring T.I. & Pharrell)- Blurred Lines
Top New Artist: Lorde
Top Touring Artist: Bon Jovi
Top Rock Album: Imagine Dragons – Night Vision
Top R&B Album: Justin Timberlake- The 20/20 Experience
Top Rap Album: Eminem- The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Top Country Album: Luke Bryan- Crash My Party
Top Latin Album: Marc Anthony- 3.0
Top Dance/Electronic Album: Daft Punk- Random Access Memories
Top Christian Album: Alan Jackson- Precious Memories: Volume II
Top Female Artist: Katy Perry
Top Male Artist: Justin Timberlake
Top Rap Artist: Eminem
Top R&B Artist: Justin Timberlake
Top Country Artist: Luke Bryan
Top Rock Artist: Imagine Dragons
Top Latin Artist: Marc Anthony
Top Dance/Electronic Artist: Daft Punk
Top Christian Artist: Chris Tomlin
Top R&B Song: Robin Thicke- Blurred Lines
Top Rap Song: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (featuring Ray Dalton)- Can’t Hold Us
Top Rock Song: Lorde- Royals
Top Latin Song: Marc Anthony- Vivir Mi Vida
Top Dance/Electronic Song: Avicii- Wake Me Up
Top Christian Song: Matthew West- Hello, My Name Is
Top Streaming Artist: Miley Cyrus
Top Country Song: Florida Georgia Line & Nelly- Cruise
Top Milestone Award: Carrie Underwood
Top Social Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Justin Timberlake
Top Billboard 200 Album: Justin Timberlake- The 20/20 Experience
Top Digital Songs Artist: Katy Perry
Top Digital Song: Robin Thicke (featuring T.I. & Pharrell)- Blurred Lines
Top Duo/Group: Imagine Dragons
Top 100 Artist: Imagine Dragons
Top Streaming Song (Audio): Imagine Dragons- Radioactive
Top Streaming Song (Video): Miley Cyrus- Wrecking Ball
Icon Award: Jennifer Lopez