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Did You Miss the Show? See Our 7 Unforgettable Highlights from the 2016 Billboard Music Awards



The 2016 Billboard Music Awards held yesterday and apart from the fab red carpet looks (click here if you missed it), there were several moments of the show that stood out for us.

Here are our 7 unforgettable highlights from the BBMAs!


Prince Tribute – Madonna & Stevie Wonder

To honour music legend Prince, Billboard tapped two other music legends – Madonna and Stevie Wonder. Even though the reception to their performance was lukewarm, the two stars gave the performance their all and it was one of the most talked about highlights of the night.

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Watch the performance below.

Celine Dion’s First Performance

48-year-old singer Celine Dion had an emotional moment on stage after she was presented with the Icon Award by her son. She got emotional with him standing by her side as she shared how she is constantly trying to be strong for her family.

During her acceptance speech she said ““Rene, this one’s for you. The show must go on”

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The singer who lost her husband and brother to cancer this year performed for the first time since the event and she blew everyone away.

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Ciara’s Outfits

Co-host of the night Ciara changed into a bunch of looks at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards after walked the red carpet in a risque silver dress by Phillip Plein. The 30-year-old entertainer co-hosted the awards show alongside Ludacris and she wore seven different looks throughout the night. From Naeem Khan to Michael Costello and more, see her looks below.

Ciara in a Philipp Plein dress

Ciara in a Philipp Plein dress

Ciara in a Naeem Khan gown

Ciara in a Naeem Khan gown


Ciara in a Roberto Cavalli dress

Ciara in a Roberto Cavalli dress

Ciara in a Galia Lahav gown

Ciara in a Galia Lahav gown

Ciara in a Lexi Clothing gown

Ciara in a Lexi Clothing gown

Ciara in a Michael Costello jumpsuit

Ciara in a Michael Costello jumpsuit

Adele’s New Video – Send My Love (To You New Lover)

Adele was one of the big winners of the night, winning the award for Top Artist of the year, and even though she could not be at the event to receive her award, she shared her love with her fans via a video that was shown at the event.

The award-winning singer also premiered her new music video for the first time and it is also a winner.

Watch below.

Rihanna’s Performance

Rihanna belted out her song “Love on the Brain” from the Anti album and it was an amazing vocal performance. She also won the Billboard Chart Achievement Award which was voted for entirely by her fans!

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Kesha’s Return to Stage

After an on-again off-again promise of performing at the Billboard Music Awards, Kesha was allowed to perform by Dr. Luke who had canceled her performance at the awards show earlier in the week.

For her performance Kesha took the stage in a white suit to give a moving tribute performance in honor of Bob Dylan and she sang his classic song “It Ain’t Me Babe.”

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Other Performances

There were so many other performances of the night that stood out – from Justin Bieber to Britney Spears, Pink, Meghan Trainor, Ariana Grande and more.

See the photos below.

Britney Spears

Britney Spears

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Meghan Trainor

Meghan Trainor


Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber




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Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato


Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani

Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani


Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande


Photo Credit: Getty Images/Kevin Winter | John Shearer


  1. Abuja Bored Girl

    May 23, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Why does Ciara like getting naked??? One would think her Christian relationship with Russell would change her a little.

  2. Niyoola

    May 23, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Ciara looked tacky in almost all th outfits.

    Wait, is this a different Kesha? She looks 60!

  3. Prince

    May 23, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Its good to see Celine DIon back on stage. That lady is a vocal power. Ciara looks great all through and that Madonna’s outfit for Prince’s tribute is amazing.
    Good one

  4. oluchy

    May 23, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Pink’s performance was the best, followed by Rihanna.

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