Last night’s 2018 Billboard Music Awards live from Las Vegas felt like a crazy ride back to the ’90s. A slew of our favorite artists from the ’90s performed on stage as if a minute had not gone by. But don’t get us wrong, it’s wasn’t just a throwback as the evening featured today’s biggest stars.
Two of the biggest highlights included Janet Jackson receiving the 2018 Billboard Music Awards ICON Award, and she also performed a medley of “Nasty”/If/Throb.” Bruno Mars — looking like the most dapper gangsta of all time presented the award to Janet and got down on his knee to hand her the award. Respect!
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While Mars unfortunately didn’t perform at the Billboard awards, he will be on hand for the 3-day BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival alongside The Killers, Halsey, Muse, Snoop Dog and more. That music festival will go down Memorial Day Weekend in Napa, Ca. Mars also took home three awards last night including Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Male Artist and Top R&B Tour.
The other huge highlight was Salt ‘N’ Pepa who performed to mark the 30th anniversary of becoming the first female rap group to hit the Billboard Hot 100 top 40 with “Push It.” Their set included “Shoop/Let’s Talk About Sex/Push It” and “Whatta Man” featuring En Vogue.
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A perfect example of the ’90s meets the now was the powerhouse performance by Christian Aguilera and Demi Lovato for their collaboration single “Fall In Line.” The two Latinas were decked out in similar black trench coats and delivered an important message to all women.
“It’s just the way it is / And maybe it’s never gonna change / But I got a mind to show my strength / And I got a right to speak my mind,” the song goes. “And I’m gonna pay for this / They’re gonna burn me at the stake / But I got a fire in my veins / I wasn’t made to fall in line / No I wasn’t made to fall in line.”
Other ’90s stars included a performance by J.Lo — who is still very relevant today — with her song “Dinero” alongside DJ Khaled. Cardi B kept her word about attempting to take time off due to her pregnancy and only appeared during this performance via video. Good for her! Camila Cabello also performed “Sangria Wine” and was joined by Pharrell for “Havana.” The Latina was presented with a Billboard Chart Achievement Award.
Ed Sheeran took home Top Artist of the year, Khalid won Top New Artist, and Taylor Swift won Top Female Artist. Congrats to all the winners!