In case you missed the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, we’re recapping the only things people actually care about: the performances!
Almost anyone who saw last night’s ceremony will tell you that Beyoncé, who accepted the Billboard Millenium Award Sunday night, was the whole show. Any set that includes first lady Michelle Obama giving an artist their props is automatically the best performance of the night. That’s just a fact!
She had what may have been the simplest set last night with a projection screen, but she did the most with it. Lions, buildings and legions of Beyoncé’s were popping up all over the place—she even manifested a drum set! The "Run the World (Girls)" singer was literally shaping the stage.
After she finished her set, Bey’s mom Tina Knowles and her nephew Juelz presented her with the Millenium Award. The diva’s gratitude was palpable to the audience as she thanked nearly everyone, including her parents and even the original members of Destiny’s Child, LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Robertson … and her "best friend."
Although Beyonce shocked herself last year at the Grammys by showing her hubby Jay-Z some love, she was a lot more open while receiving the Billboard Millenium Award. "I don’t want to put you on the spot," an out-of-breath Bey said, "but I love me some Jay-Z!"
The Billboard Awards started off with duet as Rihanna and Britney Spears performed a strip-club/dungeon-inspired "S&M (Remix)." Rihanna rolled around the set in a pair of handcuffs before swinging around a poll. Somehow a pillow fight factored into her performance, too.
Britney returned to th stage laters as part of Nicki Minaj’s mashup of "Super Bass" and "Til The World Ends." Nicki’s set looked like something straight of an old-school Barbie commercial, but would Nicki have it any other way? We think not. We’re not sure what the giant chicken was about, though.
Cee Lo Green hit the stage on ABC last night to perform a medley of his biggest hits. Instead of outrageous costumes and colorful sets, the "Forget You" singer opted for a relatively subdued blinged-out piano. Of course, Cee Lo being who he is meant there had to be at least one surprise for the audience.
Mary J. Blige and Lil Wayne blessed the crowd by performing a song from her upcoming album, My Life II: The Journey Continues. Although it doesn’t drop until September 20, the lead single "Someone to Love Me" is out, so that warranted a stage visit from MJB.
Ne-Yo and Latino rapper Pitbull brought the Cabana Club to the Billboard Awards. The gentlemen wore suits for their performance of "Give Me Everything," which was accented by dancers donning feathered headdresses.
Thankfully for the Black Eyed Peas, their set at the BMAs went off without a hitch as they did a medley of their own, featuring "I Can’t Get Enough," "Dirty Bit" and "I Got A Feeling."
— Sonya Eskridge