The 2013 Billboard Music Awards was glitzy, entertaining and larger than life, which was perfectly suitable considering that it was held in Las Vegas and hosted by comedian, Tracy Morgan. Although the show was packed with surprises and a lengthy list of celebrity names attending and performing, there were many memorable moments, and ones we wish we could forget.There were far too many outrageous moments to cover them all, so here are my top five moments of the 2013 Billboard Music Awards:
Taylor Swift won eight of the eleven awards that she was nominated for, dominating the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. She also delivered an over the top performance which included Swift dancing backstage on a table, sporting a unicorn T-shirt which read “Haters Gonna Hate,” a background dancer climbing up a wall around her, Swift boarding a bicycle through the audience, Swift breaking it down with dance group Jabbawockeez, and a balloon shower for the entire audience.
Who could forget Prince’s super sexy and highly anticipated performance after winning the Icon Award?! Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu hit the stage to present Prince with the prestigious award and introduce the star. The legendary singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist celebrated his honor with a performance medley of his songs “Let’s Go Crazy” and “FixUrLifeUp.” He wore a green turtleneck with matching lime green flare pants, and a black frayed jacket. Rocking sunglasses and an afro, Prince displayed that he definitely still has it!
Justin Bieber was booed as he took the stage to accept the first-ever Milestone Award, presented to him for being the first 19-year-old with five No. 1 singles on the Billboard 200. It took Bieber a while to collect himself as he was greeted with a chorus of boos. He stood completely quiet and dumbfounded for a very long pause to let the audience quiet down before he began to speak. “I’m 19 years old. I think I’m doing a pretty good job. And basically, from my heart, I really just want to say it should really be about the music. It should be about the craft... This is not a gimmick. I’m an artist and I should be taken seriously and all this other bull should not be spoken of,” Bieber said. Tracy Morgan returned later in the show to both scold the audience and lighten the mood by saying: “Hey don’t be booing nobody in here. This ain’t the Apollo.”
Nicki Minaj’s twerk session onstage proved that she can be a lady on the streets and a freak on the stage at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. She walked the red carpet in an elegant red gown, but oh how quickly things changed. Onstage, she performed her song “High School” featuring Lil Wayne. After she twerked in shredded leggings, a crop-top and high heels, she straddled Lil Wayne and gave him a full out lap dance onstage. As Minaj backed it up and broke it down, Lil Wayne watched in awe.Perhaps the most memorable moment at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards was Miguel’s roundhouse kick. His leap over the audience was one of the most exciting moments of the show, unless you were the fan that he accidentally landed on. I don’t know if his leap over the audience was planned or if he was caught up in the moment, but the legdrop quickly became an Internet sensation. There were thousands of meme’s with jokesters Photoshopping his image so that he looked like he was jumping in a wrestling ring rather than across a stage.