While the 2013 Billboard Music Awards dazzled with superstar performances, surprising award wins and host Tracy Morgan yukking it up all evening, the backstage area at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas carried a looser yet no less entertaining vibe. There was album talk from Madonna and Celine Dion; hangout sessions between Ed Sheeran and Austin Mahone, as well as Miguel and a “special” fan; and Ke$ha being asked about her underwear situation. Did she or didn’t she? She’ll never tell.
Check out this round-up of 10 must-see moments from backstage at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, feature our fearless hosts Michelle Marie (@MichelleMarieTV) and Billboard editorial director Bill Werde (@bwerde):
Miguel & Fan Recover From Wild Moment: Following the spectacular (and spectacularly scary) stage dive during his performance, Miguel was all smiles backstage with Kyati, the crowd member who was injured in the act. “Unfortunately we met under not the best circumstances, but I think we’re okay,” said the “Adorn” crooner
Madonna Shoots Down Album Rumors: When Billboard charts guru Keith Caulfield (@keith_caulfield) asked whether or not the “MDNA” follow-up is in the works, Madge shook her head and replied that she hasn’t had any free time! Luckily, her latest concert DVD, capturing her blockbuster MDNA tour, is finished and on the way.
CeeLo Defends The Biebs: After Justin Bieber received a helping of boos while claiming the Milestone Award, the trophy’s presenter, CeeLo Green, expressed confusion over the negativity. “He’s a great kid… I don’t appreciate that,” said Green, who also shared that he’ll probably continue his “Loberace” Vegas residence in the fall.
Ed Sheeran Hangs with Austin Mahone: The singer-songwriter and rising pop star combined for a joint interview, where they joked about how Sheeran tapped actor Rupert Grint to appear in his “Lego House” music video. “I was so confused at first — ‘This doesn’t look like Ed! What happened to his face?'” Mahone said of the clip.
Celine Dishes On Album Return: The Canadian superstar and Las Vegas regular shared some juicy details on her long-awaited recording return at the Billboard Music Awards.
Taylor Swift Reflects on Success: The big winner of the 2013 Billboard Music Awards with eight different victories, Swift discussed perpetual award wins, playing stadiums in Australia and if success ever gets old backstage. She also said that she’s never regretted writing a song about an ex: “You don’t write a song about them unless you know that you don’t really want to know them anymore.”
Miley Cyrus Hints At New Single: The pop princess made it clear that her new single “We Can’t Stop” is worth hearing, and also shared that her fourth studio album will be released before the end of the year.
Ariana Grande Raps A Big Sean Verse: When the 19-year-old pop upstart put her mind to delivering Big Sean’s verse on Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me,” there was no stopping her. Watch the Nickelodeon star spit rhymes, and then brush off her amazing flow.
Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu are “Q.U.E.E.N.”s: The recent collaborators, who introduced Prince at the Billboard Music Awards, discussed their new single before Monae gave a slight preview of her new album, “The Electric Lady.” “It will definitely be something that we will never forget,” she said before Badu revealed a new solo album is coming “soon.”
Ke$ha Retrieves Her Ring: After the pop star’s ring flew off on the Cambio blue carpet at the Billboard Music Awards, Michelle Marie thankfully found and returned the piece of jewelry live on camera when Ke$ha checked in with Billboard backstage. “I’m blinging it out!” Ke$ha declared, her ring firmly back in place.