The 10 Best GIFs of the 2014 Billboard Music Awards: Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus and More

A hologram of Michael Jackson at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards
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A holographic image of Michael Jackson performs onstage during the 2014 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 18, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

From the red carpet to the main stage, the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (May 18) in Las Vegas was packed with memorable moments. King of Pop Michael Jackson somehow rocked the house. Ariana Grande made a case for why she may be princess of the genre. And Miley Cyrus rocked the house without actually being in the house or performing her own song.

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But there were even more random happenings. Nicki Minaj was coy about a new single's title. And, well, see for yourself. Not only does this upcoming list recap the night, but it comes with some movement, too! Check out the best 10 GIFs of the 2014 BBMAs. 

  1. 1

    (Hologram) Michael Jackson on His Throne

    Michael Jackson's Hologram

    Without a doubt, Michael Jackson being brought back to life via hologram was the talk of the BBMAs.

    Michael Jackson Hologram Rocks Billboard Music Awards: Go Behind the Scenes

  2. 2

    Justin Timberlake Dancing Because He Won (Big!)

    Justin Timberlake

    Out of the country on his "20/20" tour, Justin Timberlake wasn't in Vegas to accept his awards. It's unfortunate, because he received seven Billboard Music Award trophies for Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album ("The 20/20 Experience") and more during the three-hour show at the MGM Grand Arena. But along with his tour buddies, he recorded acceptance speeches from overseas. Randomly, he danced during them.

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  3. 3

    Katy Perry Shows Off Her Balloons

    Katy Perry

    Katy Perry may not have actually been in Vegas, but she still turned in one of the night's best performances. Running through her latest single "Birthday," she stripped down to a body suit and showed off a bit as well.

    Katy Perry Throws 'Birthday' Bash at 2014 Billboard Music Awards

  4. 4

    Miley Cyrus Bangs for the Beatles

    Miley Cyrus & Wayne Coyne

    Along with the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne, Cyrus delivered a faithful cover of the Beatles' "Lucy In The Sky of Diamonds."

    Miley Cyrus Covers Beatles' 'Lucy In the Sky' at Billboard Music Awards

  5. 5

    Ariana Grande Struts Front & Center

    Ariana Grande

    Grande stepped on stage with supreme confidence to perform "Problem."

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  6. 6

    Iggy Azalea is a "Fancy" Cheerleader

    Iggy Azalea

    Iggy lead the cheer squad for the live go at her hit single "Fancy."

    Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea Perform 'Problem'; Iggy Gets 'Fancy' at Billboard Music Awards

  7. 7

    Shakira Gets Blown Away on "Empire"


    Shakira lit up the Billboard Music Awards stage Sunday night with a sizzling rendition of her new hit single "Empire" from her self-titled album.

    Shakira's 'Empire' Sizzles at Billboard Music Awards

  8. 8

    Nicki Minaj's New Single has a P-licious Title

    Jordin Sparks, Nicki Minaj & Lance Bass

    During her red carpet interview, Nicki Minaj mentioned that her new single comes out Wednesday (May 21). She almost said the title, but nervously held back--only saying that it "starts with a 'P.' Carpet host Jordin Sparks said that the audience should figure it out. Nicki coyly bit her finger.

    Nicki Minaj Reveals New Single Title at 2014 Billboard Music Awards

  9. 9

    Lorde Scores on "Tennis Court"


    Lorde continued her reign of pop stardom with a live performance of "Tennis Court" at the Billboard Music Awards. Clearly, she got into it.

    Lorde Aces 'Tennis Court' TV Debut at Billboard Music Awards

  10. 10

    John Legend and Wife Pose for a Selfie

    The crew poses for a selfie

    John Legend and runway model wife Chrissy Teigen squeezed in for a selfie with red carpet hosts Jordin Sparks and Lance Bass. 


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