The 10 Best Moments of the 2017 Billboard Music Awards

The 2017 Billboard Music Awards went down on Sunday night (March 21), with history both being recognized and being made anew, as big-name performers recognized old classics, delivered modern ones for the first time, and set benchmarks never before reached on the BBMAs stage.

There were too many great moments to recap in all, but if you missed the Billboard Music Awards, here are the ten that you need to know about.

Julia Michaels and Miley Cyrus choking up at the end of their performances

It was dusty all around at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, with both Julia Michaels and Miley Cyrus barely able to complete their respective performances -- Michaels making her BBMAs debut with "Issues," and Cyrus giving her new "Malibu" its first national TV rendition -- without breaking down. Nice emotional moments for two songs that earn it.

Nicki Minaj demanding recognition during Drake's Vanessa Hudgens macking

The Chainsmokers recognizing their alt-rock destiny

Drew Taggart and Alex Pall have long teased their secret alt-rock roots, and they brought them to the forefront with their "Young" performance, with Drew rocking the acoustic guitar and even attempting a Twenty One Pilots-like set leap. Not sure where Alex's Daft Punk-like vocoder vocals fit in, but those were pretty OK too.

The Celine Dion "My Heart Will Go On" key change

Every time. Every goddamn time.

Lorde bringing K-town karaoke to the BBMAs stage

In which Lorde realizes for the first time the lyrics she's been singing the whole time: "'Those great whites, they have big teeth?' Are those really the lyrics?"

Vanessa Hudgens doing Nicki Minaj and Celine Dion

It could've seriously backfired, but Vanessa Hudgens' renditions of Nicki Minaj's "Monster" verse and Celine Dion's "The Power of Love" chorus -- delivered at the behest of co-host Ludacris, under the guise of a BBMAs host hazing ritual -- were actually pretty decent. At least one fan in the audience was visibly impressed, certainly.

Dan Reynolds' spoken-word tribute to Chris Cornell

Simple, but heartfelt and legitimately lump-in-throat. Would've been great to hear Imagine Dragons take on "Burden in My Hand," but maybe they're saving that for the summer tour.

Cher breaking out the leather jacket and fishnets for "If I Could Turn Back Time"

"Believe" was great too, but watching her two performances at the Billboard Music Awards, it's not surprising to learn that of her many hits, Cher was most personally invested in "If I Could Turn Back Time." Decked out in the same sort of outfit she wore in the song's classic 1989 video -- though perhaps sliiiightly less revealing -- she delivered a knockout rendition of the power ballad, revealing it to be clearly the most comfortable of her many skins.

Bruno Mars, hitting all the high notes

Stretching out those first verse lyrics to "Versace on the Floor" to the point where it seemed like he should be approaching the point of passing out, Bruno Mars held it together and never wavered, still having enough energy to unleash some stellar shimmying as the performance progressed.

Drake Making BBMAs History

"Ladies and gentleman, he has broken the record for most BBMAs in a single year!" So proclaimed Prince Jackson, and so it was done, as Drake took the stage with his entire entourage -- including Lil Wayne, Nicki "Love of My Life" Minaj and pops Dennis Graham -- to celebrate his historic achievement. When you're Drake, the entire universe is your own personal Bellagio fountain, shooting off fireworks in every direction while you dance around at its center.


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