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Mary J. and Lil Wayne salute the crowd during their dynamic performance at the Billboard Music Awards at Las Vegas' MGM Grand arena on May 22, 2011.

After an electric performance from Rihanna and Britney Spears to kick off Sunday night's show and followed later by a duet between Far East Movement and Snoop Dogg, the Billboard Music Awards kept the collaborations coming with an inspired set from Mary J. Blige and Lil Wayne.

Entering the stage on a post-apocalyptic street corner set, with light poles down and and the street in ruins, Blige belted out "Someone to Love Me (Naked)" from her upcoming record, "My Life II: The Journey Continues."

The "Queen of R&B" was at the top of her game, giving a diva-esque performance as she paced about the stage, looking stunning in a long white overcoat and dangling golden earrings.

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As expected, Weezy joined Blige onstage halfway through, with a Lakers cap atop his head. Though a small portion of Wayne's verse was censored during the TV broadcast, the crowd immediately in front of the performers seemed to catch the full effect quite well.

Afterward, the "Lollipop" rapper sat down on the stairs behind Blige, leading the audience in a chorus of claps while the diva brought the song home. And though Wayne was all smiles following the performance, Blige put an accent on the thrilling set with a defiant stare into the crowd before embracing Wayne.

The performance added to a continuing evening of live performances and award recipients at the BBMAs, airing on ABC from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Taio Cruz, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears performed at the show, while Rihanna won an award for Top Female Artist and U2 was honored with a special Touring Award.


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