It was an evening of redemption on the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night time.
First, there was nation star Morgan Wallen — who had been banned from performing on the Grammys and the Nation Music Affiliation Awards for a video that surfaced in early 2021 of him utilizing the N-word — getting the prospect to take the stage on the MGM Grand Enviornment in Las Vegas. He milked the chance by going gospel for optimum sympathy together with his tune “Don’t Suppose Jesus.”
Then there was Travis Scott performing publicly for the primary time since final December’s Astroworld tragedy that killed 10 concertgoers. With child mama Kylie Jenner within the viewers, he missed a possibility to make any sort of an announcement with a mystifying medley of “Mafia” and “Misplaced Ceaselessly” that seemed and felt extra like a “Mad Max”-esque video.
After which there was the fortieth anniversary tribute to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” close to the top of the present through which Maxwell — delivering an attractive, silky-smooth rendition of “Woman in My Life,” full with a sequined black jacket and never one however two gloves — confirmed a lot love for the King of Pop regardless of the kid molestations which have marred his legacy. “We love you, Michael Jackson!” he stated on the finish of his efficiency.
Travis Scott gave his first public efficiency after the Astroworld live performance deaths on the Billboard Music Awards.Matt Baron/Shutterstock
Janet Jackson offered Mary J. Blige with the Icon Award on the 2022 Billboard Music Awards.Getty Photos
However the emotional spotlight of the night time got here when one other celebrity Jackson — Janet — bought a standing ovation after which offered the Icon Award to Mary J. Blige. It was one of many present’s really iconic moments as queen acknowledged queen — and you can really feel all of the love and respect for each girls.
Sean “Diddy” Combs hosted, carried out and served as govt producer on the 2022 Billboard Music Awards.Getty Photos
It supplied some much-needed star energy on an evening when the most important winner — Olivia Rodrigo, taking dwelling seven trophies — wasn’t even in attendance. Neither had been different heavy-hitter winners comparable to Drake and Taylor Swift.
The night time started with host Sean “Diddy” Combs — who additionally served as govt producer — breaking out a few of his outdated Puffy strikes to steer a medley that additionally included “She Don’t Need It” singer Bryson Tiller and “First Class” rapper Jack Harlow. All of it ended with Diddy doing a little bit of “Mo Cash Mo Issues,” his 1997 hit with the Infamous B.I.G., only a week earlier than what would have been Biggie’s birthday on Could 21.
Machine Gun Kelly gave like to fiancée Megan Kelly and their “unborn little one” throughout his Billboard Music Awards efficiency.Getty Photos for MRC
Though the final word hip-hop hype man was overly hyped at occasions, Diddy — who received his first BBMA 25 years in the past — introduced some ghetto-fabulousness to the occasion. “I’m placing on a vogue present,” stated the New York native after considered one of many costume adjustments. “Harlem in the home!”
Then there was Diddy’s Unhealthy Boy signee Machine Gun Kelly, who, together with his pink hair and painted nails, jumped the gun by calling fiancée Megan Kelly “my spouse” after which addressing their “unborn little one” in a medley of “Twin Flames” and “Born with Horns” that veered from acoustic guitar ballad to pop-punk rave-up.
Silk Sonic coated the Con Funk Shun traditional “Love’s Prepare” on the Billboard Music Awards.by way of Getty Photos
However the night time’s finest efficiency got here from retro-soul superduo — aka Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak — who, decked out in maroon three-suits, took a break from their Las Vegas residency to ship a canopy of Con Funk Shun’s 1982 traditional “Love’s Prepare” that had everybody feeling superfly.