It all kicked off at the Billboard Music Awards last night (May 17), with Taylor Swift grabbing enough gongs to warrant a home extension, Kanye getting censored while playing ‘All Day’ and ‘Black Skinhead’ and the internet having a field day finding the perfect freeze-frame to capture a loser’s deflation. Here are the night’s most memorable moments.
Big winner Taylor Swift accepts one of her eight awards. The haul includes Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist and Top Digital Songs Artist, which are definitely all different things.
Wiz Khalifa waves arms and bares tats as he teams up with Charlie Puth and superstar violinist Lindsey Stirling for ‘Furious 7’.
Taylor introduces the ‘Bad Blood’ video premiere with pals Zendaya, Martha Hunt, Hailey Steinfeld, Lily Aldridge and Ellen Pompeo. “Let the lethal forces of femininity rock you to sleep,” Lena Dunham Tweeted of the video.
David Lee Roth sings while dressed as a robot trying to trick his way in to St Andrew’s; Eddie Van Halen and brother Alex fail to contain their amusement.
Sadly rendered mute by throat surgery, Sam Smith delivers his Top Male Artist acceptance speech via video-link cue cards. Reports his next album will come in an innovative postcard format are unconfirmed.
Kanye’s dedicated hype-men risk life and limb to join him for the pyro-heavy’All Day’.
Kanye crouches during ‘Black Skinhead’, perhaps hoping to avoid the evil gaze of TV censors.
One Direction took home two trophies. Here they are, soon after shouting out “our brother” Zayn Malick.
Chris Brown buttons up in a bright red suit and surrounds himself with women to divert attention from his personality.
Ed Sheeran takes a break from nabbing selfies with Taylor and Calvin Harris to play ‘Bloodstream’.
A reliably dapper John Legend picks up Top Digital Song for ‘All of Me’.
Nicki Minaj performs ‘The Night is Still Young’ with her trademark twerk, which got its very own shout out in Sam Smith’s speech.
David Guetta learns that no amount of designer clothing can stop a sneaky snapper making you look like someone’s weird uncle.
50 Cent tries to keep his cool after Rita Ora gives him a flirtatious “hi, Fiddy”.
Celine Dion returns to the spotlight, waving her arms to celebrate a new wave of “our hearts will go on for Celine!” gags.