Morgan Wallen, Travis Scott return from controversy at Billboard Awards

It was an evening of redemption on the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night time.

First, there was nation star Morgan Wallen — who had been banned from performing on the Grammys and the Nation Music Affiliation Awards for a video that surfaced in early 2021 of him utilizing the N-word — getting the prospect to take the stage on the MGM Grand Area in Las Vegas. He milked the chance by going gospel for optimum sympathy along with his tune “Don’t Assume Jesus.” 

Then there was Travis Scott performing publicly for the primary time since final December’s Astroworld tragedy that killed 10 concertgoers. With child mama Kylie Jenner within the viewers, he missed a possibility to make any form of an announcement with a mystifying medley of “Mafia” and “Misplaced Eternally” that regarded and felt extra like a “Mad Max”-esque video.

After which there was the fortieth anniversary tribute to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” close to the top of the present wherein Maxwell — delivering a horny, silky-smooth rendition of “Woman in My Life,” full with a sequined black jacket and never one however two gloves — confirmed a lot love for the King of Pop regardless of the kid molestations which have marred his legacy. “We love you, Michael Jackson!” he stated on the finish of his efficiency.

Travis Scott at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards
Travis Scott gave his first public efficiency after the Astroworld live performance deaths on the Billboard Music Awards.
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Janet Jackson and Mary J. Blige at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards
Janet Jackson introduced Mary J. Blige with the Icon Award on the 2022 Billboard Music Awards.
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However the emotional spotlight of the night time got here when one other celebrity Jackson — Janet — acquired a standing ovation after which introduced the Icon Award to Mary J. Blige. It was one of many present’s really iconic moments as queen acknowledged queen — and you could possibly really feel all of the love and respect for each girls.

Sean "Diddy" Combs at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards
Sean “Diddy” Combs hosted, carried out and served as government producer on the 2022 Billboard Music Awards.
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It offered some much-needed star energy on an evening when the most important winner — Olivia Rodrigo, taking dwelling seven trophies — wasn’t even in attendance. Neither have been different heavy-hitter winners corresponding to Drake and Taylor Swift.

The night time started with host Sean “Diddy” Combs — who additionally served as government producer — breaking out a few of his previous Puffy strikes to guide a medley that additionally included “She Don’t Need It” singer Bryson Tiller and “First Class” rapper Jack Harlow. All of it ended with Diddy doing a little bit of “Mo Cash Mo Issues,” his 1997 hit with the Infamous B.I.G., only a week earlier than what would have been Biggie’s birthday on Could 21.

Machine Gun Kelly at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards
Machine Gun Kelly gave like to fiancée Megan Kelly and their “unborn little one” throughout his Billboard Music Awards efficiency.
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Though the last word hip-hop hype man was overly hyped at occasions, Diddy — who gained his first BBMA 25 years in the past — introduced some ghetto-fabulousness to the occasion. “I’m placing on a trend present,” stated the New York native after one in all many costume adjustments. “Harlem in the home!”

Then there was Diddy’s Dangerous Boy signee Machine Gun Kelly, who, along with his pink hair and painted nails, jumped the gun by calling fiancée Megan Kelly “my spouse” after which addressing their “unborn little one” in a medley of “Twin Flames” and “Born with Horns” that veered from acoustic guitar ballad to pop-punk rave-up.

Silk Sonic at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards
Silk Sonic lined the Con Funk Shun basic “Love’s Prepare” on the Billboard Music Awards.
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However the night time’s finest efficiency got here from retro-soul superduo — aka Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak — who, decked out in maroon three-suits, took a break from their Las Vegas residency to ship a canopy of Con Funk Shun’s 1982 basic “Love’s Prepare” that had everybody feeling superfly.

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