Billboard Music Awards are held annually by Billboard entertainment media. The Weeknd won eight awards, dedicating one of the awards to Prince; he mentioned that he was greatly inspired by Prince in his acceptance speech. The Weeknd also won the awards for Top R&B Artist, Album, and Song.
Adele, who on a tour, couldn’t be present for the event; she won five awards, Top Female Artist being one of them. Adele accepted her awards through Pre- recorded messages. She also noted that it was lovely being with everyone. Her new single “send my love” was premiered on the show, which featured a psychedelic clip from the video.
The show was opened by Britney Spears, who performed her hit songs “Womanizer”, “Toxic” and few other songs in a revealing outfit. She also performed “I Love Rock and Roll” by Joan Jett. Kesha performed “It Ain’t Me Babe” by Bob Dylan with Ben Folds backing her as a tribute to him.
Pink performed “Just Like Fire” from the upcoming movie “Alice Through Looking Glass”. Celine Dion received Icon Award. She performed “The Show Must Go On” with Lindsay Sterling backing her. She also mentioned her husband, who passed away in January because of throat cancer.
The first all-female band, The Go-Go’s, reunited and performed “We Got The Beat” on stage, playing their instruments.
Stevie Wonder and Madonna teamed up to perform a tribute to the legend, Prince, Which was considered the highlight of the show and very touching. Madonna performed “Nothing Compares 2 U” By Prince and later joined by Stevie Wonder for performing “Purple Rain” as a duet.
Questlove, drummer for The Roots, introduced musical performances and mentioned that Prince was an inspiration to all, despite the race or type of music and added that his demise was a disaster to music.