The 10 Best & 'WTF?!?' Moments of the 2014 Billboard Music Awards
Hologram Michael Jackson Returns to the Throne
Michael Jackson's return was buzzed about prior to Sunday's show and boy, did it live up to expectations--shocking, startling and amazing onlookers as it/he performed "Slave to the Rhythm." It's a cut from Epic Records' posthumous Michael Jackson album "Xscape."
Mark Cuban's "Beatdown" Solange Joke
Entrepreneur and owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban hit the stage with “Shark Tank” costar Kevin O'Leary to introduce Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan's performance. While he was up there, he took a jab at Solange Knowles, who was recently caught physical attacking brother-in-law Jay Z.
“We’ve just spent $3.2 billion to buy a hot new company,” he started. “It’s called ‘Beatdowns by Solange.’” Ouch. The joke was corny, but he sure looked pleased with himself.
Katy Perry's 'Birthday' Blows Out The Competition
Katy Perry had two No. 1 hits from her latest album, "PRISM," that she could have performed at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, but instead of opting for "Roar" or "Dark Horse," the pop superstar made her performance of new single "Birthday" -- filmed remotely from the U.K. -- a total blow-out. The combination of Perry's green hair, a giant spinning birthday cake, colorful backup dancers and a fan (celebrating a birthday, of course) was more than enough.
But then Perry floated towards the rafters on a zip-line covered in balloons, evoking Pixar's "Up" and wowing a Billboard Music Awards audience that had already witnessed some amazing sights on Sunday evening. Make no mistake: Perry knows how to throw a party.
Kendall Jenner Flubs 5 Seconds of Summer Intro
Model and reality TV star Kendall Jenner ran into trouble introducing 5 Seconds of Summer at the Billboard Music Awards. After setting up the intro for the Australian pop-rock band, all she could muster was, “Now welcome… One…” Maybe she just had One Direction on her mind, or maybe leaving her contacts at home (as she later tweeted) was to blame.
Lorde Serves "Tennis Court"
Following an introduction from her muse Nicki Minaj, Lorde took the stage ready to dazzle. Decked out in black, the 17-year-old songstress brought life to the electro-goth track “Tennis Court,” oozing an eerie passion. It was the first ever television performance of the “Pure Heroine” track.
Justin Timberlake Thanks Everyone… Except Donald Sterling
While capping off an incredible comeback year by accepting the Top Artist award at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, Justin Timberlake made a point to clown on disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who recently set off a news firestorm by being caught spouting racist comments and was subsequently banned from the NBA for life. "I want to thank everyone on Earth… except Donald Sterling," Timberlake deadpanned, before walking off camera.
Jennifer Lopez Debuts “First Love”
After A-list celebrities (Rihanna, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Pitbull) shared their admiration for Jennifer Lopez in a video montage, the singer took the stage to accept the Icon Award. “Music has always been my first love,” JLO said before thanking God, fans, family, friends, Latinos (“mi gente”), and telling the “little ones” who were watching from home, as she once did, to continue to follow their dreams.
But before she received the award, she showed the world exactly why she’s the first woman to receive the BBMA accolade with a polished debut performance of her second single, “First Love.”
Robin Thicke Begs for Wronged Wife to Return
“Help me get her back,” Robin Thicke asked before debuting his new song "Get Her Back" for scorned wife Paula Patton. The song itself was a gem. But honestly, it was a bit awkward to see a man (who allegedly has cheated on the love of his life) blatantly attempt to sing her back into his arms.
"I should've kissed you longer/ I should've held you stronger," Thicke sang in the hearlfelt ballad. He continued, "All I wanna do is make it right... I gotta get her, go get her back/ I gotta treat her right /I gotta cherish her for life." Time will tell if his plan worked.
Ricky Martin Performs "Vida"
Martin added some Latin dance grooves to the Billboard Music Awards by performing the 2014 FIFA World Cup soundtrack cut “Vida” to the Vegas crowd. Looking stylish in all black amongst his team of white-clad dancers, Martin tore through the soccer-themed banger, shouting out its stadium-worthy cries of ole! In between, the ageless singer showed off some dance moves of his own, leaving little doubt that he’s still in top form.
Miley Cyrus Gets Way into Her Beatles Cover
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." But it was oh, so Miley-ish, finding her rocking out in an outfit that made her look like a golden bird.