All star performances from Meghan Trainor, Hozier, Wiz Khalifa at Billboard Music Awards, but lukewarm reception for Kanye West.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, UNITED STATES (MAY 17, 2015) (BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS,DICK CLARK PRODUCTIONS,ABC) The 2015 Billboard Music Awards was the show to watch Sunday (May 17) with all-star performances bringing down the house at the MGM Grand Casino Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Iconic rock band Van Halen opened the show with a throwback performance of their hit song “Panama,” followed by Fall Out Boy, who appeared alongside Wiz Khalifa in their ode to actress Uma Thurman, for a song named after her. Khalifa had a busy night, returning to the stage later to perform, along with Charlie Puth, their song from the “Furious 7” soundtrack, “See You Again,” which was dedicated to late actor Paul Walker.
It was a big night for solo gentlemen, with Nick Jonas singing a neon-styled version of his song “Jealous,” Hozier performing his smash hit “Take Me to Church,” and Ed Sheeran performing “Bloodstream,” at one point providing his own percussion by banging on his guitar.
But don’t count out the ladies who brought powerhouse talent – Meghan Trainor sang “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” in a moving duet with John Legend, Kelly Clarkson brought down the house with “Invincible,” Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea let loose with “Pretty Girls,” and Nicki Minaj rapped like a champ with “The Night is Still Young.”
Mariah Carey took to the stage to perform a medley of her hits, including “Vision of Love.” Carey has just begun a residency in Las Vegas at the Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino.
The band Simple Minds took audiences back with a performance of “Don’t You Forget About Me” from the film “The Breakfast Club,” as part of a tribute to the John Hughes classic’s 30th anniversary.
Other formidable acts included Little Big Town, who teamed up with Faith Hill for their hit song “Girl Crush,” Chris Brown and Pitbull, who gave the audience “Fun,” and Imagine Dragons, who sang “Stand By Me” as a tribute to Ben E. King, who died last month. Jussie Smollett, and Estelle also performed “Conqueror” from the hit drama series “Empire.”
But it wasn’t all love in the audience. Rapper Kanye West, who was introduced by his sisters-in-law Kylie and Kendall Jenner, was audibly booed before and after his performance of “All Day.” West is married to the Jenner girls half-sister, Kim Kardashian.